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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Nov. 21 to 23

BY AMY ALLEN

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, performs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Saturday night.

Friday, Nov. 21

Is the cold weather getting you down? No need to despair. Ottawa Bourbon Week kicks off on Friday night, with enough bourbon-inspired food and drink to put a fire in your belly. On Friday night, head over to Two Six {Ate} for some old-school bourbon cocktails with a modern twist. Admission is free. See website for other events throughout the week.

The Glass Menagerie, a play by Tennessee Williams, is based on the author’s experiences growing up with his overbearing mother and fragile sister. Each character tries, in his or her own way, to escape from the realities of life, only to fail. On at The Gladstone until December 6. Tickets start at $34.

Alex Harea is an Ottawa singer-songwriter that elevates coffeehouse style acoustic music with powerful vocals and varying rhythms. With his eponymous musical group, Harea Band, he recently released a new EP, Hip Hip Harea. He performs at the West End Well with special guest MCHP. Admission is free.

Saturday, Nov. 22

The Studio Café — a performance space, artists’ workshop, classroom, and coffeehouse — is closing its doors. Which means you should probably hop on over there for the Clearance Party they’re hosting over the weekend — you’ll be able to nab an assortment of original artworks and art supplies at drastically reduced prices. Admission is free.

Christmas is still a month away, but that doesn’t mean you have to hold back on the holiday festivities. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe is performing its famous rendition of Handel’s Messiah, complete with a baroque orchestra, a host of guest performers, and moody candlelight. Unreserved seating starts at $25; reserved seating starts at $35.

One might think the son of Leonard Cohen would be lost in his father’s shadow, but Adam Cohen has managed to find success in his own right. He recently released his fourth studio album, We Go Home, which was recorded in the living rooms of his childhood homes in Montreal and Hydra, Greece. He performs these songs at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Tickets start at $40.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Calling all fantasy and sci-fi fans! Ottawa Pop Expo is here, and it’s your chance to meet the stars of your favourite shows. John Barrowman of Doctor Who fame, James Marsters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead are just a few of the big names that will be available for autographs and photo-ops. Make sure you check out some vendors while you’re there, and stick around to roll the dice in the Game Zone. Admission starts at $25.

Are you a dog lover? The Ottawa Kennel Club is holding its annual All Breed Championship Dog Show at Lansdowne Park over the weekend. You can watch dogs of all breeds duke it out at the Aberdeen Pavilion for the title of Best in Show. Plus, this is your chance to see some live dog dancing, where clever pups and their owners hit the floor and bust a move. Admission is $5.

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