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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 15 to 17

Friday, April 15
Ottawa musician Bruce Cockburn is at the National Arts Centre to support the release of his 31st studio album Small Source of Comfort. Boasting chart toppers like “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “People See Through You,” folk music and rock and roll lovers won’t want to miss this Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee’s adventurous songs of romance, protest, spiritual discovery, and humour.

Junkyard Symphony uses everyday items as instruments.

The entire family will love Earth Day Activities, on offer at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In anticipation for the big day on April 22, drop by the the museum this Friday to make stamp art from reusable household items, create haute couture newspaper fashions, and groove to the beats of the Junkyard Symphony. The theme is green; join in the fun to celebrate our planet.

Saturday, April 16
The Mammoth Used Book Sale is back at the Nepean Sportsplex! This special event offers more than 20,000 books and audiovisual materials for children and adults. With most paperbacks at $1 and hardcovers at $2, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your library.

The New Edinburgh Players presents Busybody, a British comedy-mystery. A potential murder has caught Detective Baxter in a mysterious and complicated web of deception and surprise. With several suspects and the not-so-helpful assistance of the nosey Mrs. Piper, Detective Baxter is on the case.

Comedian Gerry Dee performs at Centrepointe Theatre.

Gym-teacher-turned-professional-funny-guy Gerry Dee is at the Centrepointe Theatre to share his hilarious views on everyday life. Best known for placing third on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing and winning a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up (people might also recognize his character “Gerry Dee – Sports Reporter” from The Score), Dee draws from his experience as a teacher, husband, and father to induce belly-aching laughter.

The founders of garage rock are in the capital to remind us that there was more to the ’80s than big hair and eyeliner. The Pixies are at the Ottawa Civic Centre during the Eastern leg of their North American tour. Don’t miss these forerunners of grunge and alternative rock; with their history of break ups and make ups it could very well be their last tour.

Sunday, April 17
As part of the Nepean Museum’s Family Zone, Everything Easter is a fun event for the whole family. Weave your own Easter basket, decorate eggs, and play exciting egg-centric games. Admission is free (but donations are always appreciated).

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting with tunes like “The Road” and “Take it Easy.” Join him at the National Arts Centre for an evening of song and storytelling. And don’t forget your refillable water bottle; Jackson’s tours are plastic-free both on and off the stage to reduce waste, so free water stations are available to all concert goers.

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