BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, March 20
Stop in at Orange Art Gallery and witness what happens when artists are asked to step outside their comfort zone and create a work of abstract art. The Abstract Show features pieces by several of the gallery’s artists, including Megan D’Arcy, whose mixed media work typically portrays cityscapes. On display until March 29. Admission is free.
This is your last chance to catch Happiness™, a satirical exploration of our society’s pursuit of that elusive state of being. Creators Tony Adams and Cory Thibert portray a pair of spokespeople for a self-help conglomerate, using dance routines, dark humour, and moments of genuine pathos to poke fun at self-help sales culture whilst underscoring the deep unhappiness of their characters. On at Arts Court until March 21. Tickets start at $20.
Singer-songwriter Mo Kenney takes her inspiration from a number of genres, including pop, folk, and classic rock. She tours songs from her sophomore album, In My Dreams, at the National Arts Centre on Friday night. Tickets start at $25.
Saturday, March 21
Old-school animation, retro commercials, and a mountain of sugary cereal will take you back to your childhood at the Saturday All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party. Hosted by the Mayfair Theatre, the program features three hours of classic cartoons. Admission is $12 for non-members.
Now in its third year, the Tibet Film Festival highlights contributions that Tibetan filmmakers have made to the medium. The program includes three documentaries, an animated folk tale about a skeleton demon, and a road trip through Tibet. The festival takes place in the auditorium at St. Paul’ University. Single tickets start at $10; day passes are $25.
The prolific Brock Zeman has toured his roots repertoire all across North America, bringing his intelligent tunes to hundreds of stages. Now he returns to the capital region to perform songs from his nine albums. He performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night with special guests The Mayhemingways. Tickets start at $12.
At the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market, you’ll find hundreds of items to infuse your wardrobe and home with retro flavour. Quilts, vintage fashion, jewellery, and mid-century furnishings are just a few of the treasures on sale. On at the Carleton University Fieldhouse on March 21 and 22. Admission is $10 (cash only).