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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 17 to 19

BY AMY ALLEN

Bombay Bicycle Club, hailing from North London, performs songs from their four albums on Friday night.

Friday, Oct. 17

For two days only, Infinitheatre’s production of Kafka’s Ape is on at the Wakefield Theatre. Based on Franz Kafka’s A Report to an Academy, the play details the experiences of an ape named Red Peter, who, after being captured by a hunting expedition in West Africa, learns to act like a human in order to escape. Tickets are $20.

Popular indie rock group Bombay Bicycle Club performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Friday night. The band, whose sound has often included genres such as folk, electronica, world music, and blues, has four albums to their name. They play some of their most popular hits, including songs from their latest release, So Long, See You Tomorrow.

The fledgling Ottawa International Film Festival is back for its fifth year, with no shortage of quality Canadian films on its roster. In American Descent, a thriller by director Brooks Hunter, a group of teens follow a series of clues left by a psychopathic sergeant in the U.S. Army. My Father and the Man in Black, meanwhile, explores the relationship between Johnny Cash and the director’s father, who was also Cash’s longtime manager.

Saturday, Oct. 18

The ByWard Market Harvest Festival marks the fall season with a three-day party in the heart of the capital.  On Saturday, the Food and Drink show begins, with celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, who appeared on Iron Chef America and Restaurant Makeover, leading food demonstrations. There’s also plenty for the family to do, including wagon rides, arts and crafts, and book readings.

Like trivia? Then you won’t want to miss the Adam Growe Quiz Show at the Ottawa Little Theatre, where the comedian and host of Cash Cab invites audience members on-stage to participate as contestants. You may even get the chance to win some cash yourself!

Canadian dream-pop band Wilderness of Manitoba performs at Mavericks on Saturday night.

The members of dream-pop, folk-rock band The Wilderness of Manitoba define themselves by their ability to evolve. Their latest album, Between Colours, is a robust offering with rich instrumentation and layered guitars and synths. They perform at Mavericks on Saturday night.

Sunday, Oct. 19

In Abandon Ship, on at Gallery 101 until Nov. 21, artists Jennifer Dorner and David Poolman explore the idea of planetary collapse. Dorner’s whimsical paintings depict human neighbourhoods floating in outer space—a place that, according to her artist’s statement, represents “a clean slate.” Poolman, meanwhile, illustrates humanity’s despair at the ruination of our planet.

Catch the last day of Merrickville’s fourth annual Jazz Fest. Ottawa jazz great Brian Browne performs with Peter Woods; other guests include the Peter Brown Quartet, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, and Nicole Ratté and Tim Bedner. See website for ticket info.

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