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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 10 to 12

BY AMY ALLEN

Synth-pop artist Valery Gore performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. (Photo: Valery Gore)

Synth-pop artist Valery Gore performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. (Photo: Valery Gore)

Friday, April 10

Jane Urquhart is one of Canada’s most beloved writers, and her novels and poems touch on themes of love, loss, family attachments, art, and war. At the Writers Festival’s Literary Luncheon, Urquhart chats about her latest novel, The Night Stages, in which a woman reflects on her affair with a man obsessed by the disappearance of his brother. Tickets are $85, and includes lunch at the Metropolitain Brasserie and a signed copy of The Night Stages.

In the exhibition Cows Are People Too, artist Matthew Jeffrey humanizes the world’s bovine creatures in a series of large paintings. The exhibition is on display at Orange Art Gallery until April 19. Admission is free.

This weekend is your last chance to catch Goodbye, Piccadilly at the Ottawa Little Theatre. The play tells the story of Bess Brickley, who is left reeling after she receives a phone call from overseas with the news that her husband, Brick, has been found dead on a park bench in London. The catch? He was supposed to be on a canoe trip to Algonquin Park at the time. On until April 11. Tickets are $11.

Saturday, April 11

Actress Elizabeth Parrish joins forces with dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis in Bulletins from Immortality, a performance that pays tribute to the American poet Emily Dickinson. As Parrish narrates Dickinson’s poems, Gillis’s movements serve as a visual representation of the poet’s tormented inner thoughts. On at Arts Court. Tickets are $25.

Formally trained as a jazz pianist, Valery Gore puts her talents to the crafting of richly layered synth-pop songs. Thematically, her third and most recent studio album, Idols in the Dark Heart, mines the depths of the human experience: love, loss, nostalgia, and doubt are all themes you’ll find in her lyrics. She performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. Tickets start at $20.

The local, nine-piece Loon Choir delves into topics such as injustice and the destruction of nature in their indie synth-rock repertoire. On Friday night, they share the stage with Beams, an indie folk rock band from Toronto, at the Black Sheep Inn. Tickets are from $10.

Sunday, April 12

The Harlem Globetrotters is one of the oldest — and perhaps most famous — basketball teams in the world. Founded in the mid 1920s, the toured extensively in the USA and internationally, only turning to exhibition games when the NBA started to gain popularity. Today, they are more entertainment than sport: their shows include comedic routines and tricks such as spinning the ball on one finger and taking difficult shots on net. At the Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets start at $16.

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