Friday, Aug. 12
Snuggle up ‘round the fire and let your imagination run wild at the weekly Campfire & Storytelling event. The Ottawa Storytellers host an evening of oratory for both young and old at Billings Estate National Historic Site. These artists continue the age-old old tradition of storytelling, no book or paper in sight. Enjoy tales for adults and separate stories and songs for children, as well as plenty of marshmallows to roast.
Give date night a lift by grabbing snacks and laying out a blanket on the grass of Dundonald Park for the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival. On Friday night, follow Harry and the gang in the second last installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. On Saturday night the magic continues with awkward goofball Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, about a teenager who must win the heart of a girl by defeating her seven evil exes. This is the final scheduled two-night showing of the festival, with Aug. 19 as a make-up date for any rained out films and Aug. 20 either a make-up date or a surprise film.
Blues fans and rib lovers come together for the aptly titled Calabogie Blues & Ribfest. This brand new event boasts talent such as Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, and MonkeyJunk. There’s also a beer garden, a vendor’s area, a kids’ zone with face painting and rides, Canadian and American “ribbers” who are vying for the honour of best ribs in town, and fireworks. There are even spots for camping so you can make a weekend of it.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Remember the board game Clue? Well Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green and the rest of the motley crew are getting together again for a dinner party, only this time you’re invited! Suzart Productions presents Clue: The Musical, a hilarious dinner theatre show based on the popular game, in which audiences receive clues to help them figure out the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Show runs Thursday, Aug. 11, until tonight.
The Rideau Valley Roller Girls compete in their last home bout of the season, known as “August Assault.” The competitive women’s flat-track roller derby match sees a double header with the Slaughter Daughters versus the Western Mass Destruction (Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts), and the Riot Squad versus the Derby Debutantes (Toronto). Head out to cheer on the ladies as they represent Ottawa on the track.
Sunday, Aug. 14
Spend an afternoon at the Canadian War Museum perusing images from The World Press Photo 11 exhibition, which opened last weekend. Startling, stunning, or troubling, these images were chosen by an international jury to represent the year 2010 in pictures. They highlight recent and ongoing conflicts and encapsulate the issues and events of journalistic importance. Be sure to see this travelling exhibit, which will be visited by more than 2 million people in 80 major cities around the world. On view until Aug. 28.
There’s lots going on at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. In August, take part in daily outdoor demonstrations (weather permitting), which include water rockets and tours of the Cape North Lighthouse and Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. You can also explore the new exhibition “Energy: Power to Choose,” which features a human hamster wheel, a map of Canada that identifies locations where energy is produced, an electric eel, and plenty of other interesting objects, activities, and artifacts.