BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, April 24
At PoutineFest, various food trucks from around the region bring unique and tasty takes on everyone’s favourite Quebecois comfort food. The toppings go beyond mere cheese curds and gravy — think bacon, mushrooms, pulled pork, and so much more. The festival runs until April 26 on Sparks Street. Admission is free, but you pay for what you eat.
Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème paints a picture of bohemian life in the Latin Quarter in 1840s Paris, as seen through the eyes of lovers Rodolfo and Mimì. Performed by Ottawa’s Pellegrini Opera at Dominion-Chalmers United Church until April 25. Tickets are from $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Host of CBC’s highly popular The Debaters and funnyman in his own right, Steve Patterson comes to the capital with his comedy show I Laugh Therefore I Think. He performs at Centrepointe Theatre on Friday night. Tickets are $45.
Saturday, April 25
The Latin American Film Festival opens on Saturday with a sweeping historical drama based on the building of the Panama Canal, aptly titled Panama Canal Stories. On Sunday, catch Rock and Roll ’68, a coming-of-age story surrounding three friends and the young woman who comes into their lives during their last summer before university. The festival is taking place at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre, and continues until May 9. Tickets for individual screenings start at $13.
With the release of her latest studio album, The Tempest of Old, Gabrielle Papillon proves that she’s a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with. Her moody, country-tinged folk-pop melodies and powerful lyrics are guaranteed to captivate. She performs at Raw Sugar Café on Saturday night, with Ottawa folk singer-songwriter PINA as opener. Tickets are from $8.
Sunday, April 26
The OVCC Spring Craft Show kicks off the sunny season with wares by dozens of vendors and artisans from around the region. Highlights include vintage-inspired jewellery and accessories, eco-friendly and all-natural beauty products, homemade treats, hand-designed stationery, and much more. On at Library and Archives Canada. Admission to the site is $2.