BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, May 22
With her solo project The Weather Station, Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman composes songs with detailed, metaphorically-rich lyrics and powerful, understated melodies. She performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night in support of her latest studio album, Loyalty. Tickets start at $12.
The fourth annual Portuguese Film Festival features four feature-length movies from Portugal. On Friday evening, catch The Great Kilapy, the comedic story of a con man who is hailed as a hero of the people after he swindles a large sum of money from the country’s colonial administration. The festival runs until May 23, with films screening at the University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium. Tickets are $13.
In Action, students from the Ottawa School of Dance explore the works of four Canadian choreographers: Dana Gingras, whose companies Holy Body Tattoo and Animals of Distinction push the envelope of avant-garde dance; renowned Vancouver choreographer Chick Snipper; Heidi Strauss, artistic director at Toronto’s Adelheid dance company; and longtime choreographer Brian Webb. The performance takes place at Arts Court. Tickets are $25.
Saturday, May 23
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is one of the biggest community events in the city. Since 1986, homeowners in this historic neighbourhood just south of downtown have dusted off the contents of their basements and attics and put them on display for shoppers looking for a deal. The event runs from 8am to 3pm; admission is free, but bring cash for purchases.
With his luminous images of wooded forests and rolling hills, painter Tim Packer brings modern flair to the Canadian tradition of landscape painting. His work is on display at Koyman Galleries until June 8. Admission is free.
Up to Low is a classic coming-of-age story by Brian Doyle in which a young man travels with his father by canoe through the Gatineau River communities in the 1950s. Along the way, he finds adventure and love. The story’s stage adaptation unfolds at Arts Court this weekend as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and continues until June 6. Tickets start at $20.
Sunday, May 24
The popular Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall won the hearts of millions with their long-running eponymous television show, and then again with their movie Brain Candy. What to expect? A lot of costume changes, off-the-wall sketches, and hilarious commentary on the darker aspects of the human condition. They perform at the National Arts Centre on Sunday Night. Tickets start at $50.