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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for December 14 to 16

Tokyo Police Club play Ritual Night Club with local boys Hollerado on Friday night.

Friday, December 14

Tokyo Police Club stops off at Ritual Nightclub with local boys Hollerado. The indie rockers from Newmarket, Ont. have been touring incessantly since releasing Champ in 2010. Known for putting on highly nuanced and energetic live shows, this is sure to be a party you won’t want to miss.

The NAC Orchestra turns up the heat with Cuban sensations Tiempo Libre and vocalist Malena Burke. A Night in Havana transcends musical boundaries, resulting in the perfect blend of classical, jazz, and Cuban flare. The three-night engagement ends this Saturday night.

Ottawa Art Gallery hosts its annual Winter Delights Art Sale, on now until Jan. 19, 2013. Featuring work from dozens of area painters, sculptors, jewelers, and more, the show promises a little something for everyone. And with all items priced at $400 or less, there’s no better time to finish up your holiday shopping.

Saturday, December 15

Illusionist Criss Angel stops in at the Royal Oak Pub.

Award-winning magician Criss Angel — of the popular television series Criss Angel Mindfreakstops off at downtown’s Royal Oak Pub. Labelled “The Best Illusionist in the World” by Jay Leno and “The Best Magic Show in Vegas” by the BBC, Angel’s performances often centre on his mind-boggling levitation abilities. Very freaky, indeed.

Taboo Eats‘ new cooking competition, My Neighbourhood Bites, debuts at Cube Gallery. Amateur chefs, home cooks, and foodies from the Centretown area will vie for the title of “Best in the Neighbourhood.” From now until May 2013, chefs from 12 Ottawa communities are set to join in on the fun. Winning recipes will be published in a cookbook, which will be sold in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

The Nepean Student Players present a production of Woody Allen’s famed Broadway play, Don’t Drink the Water at Centrepointe Theatre. When a Canadian family vacationing in eastern Europe unknowingly photographs a restricted site, they are mistaken for spies by the local authorities. Hilarity ensues as they scurry to the Canadian Embassy for protection.

Sunday, December 16

Quirky comedy TheNumber 14 is on stage at the Irving Greenberg Theatre. (Photo: David Cooper)

Don’t miss your chance to experience The Great Canadian Theatre Company‘s presentation of The Number 14 at Irving Greenberg Theatre. This quirky comedy — which ends today — centres on the hilarious misadventures of a busy Vancouver bus. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the play is fun for the whole family.

The National Arts Centre kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas FanFair Concert and Carol Sing-Along. Conducted by opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman, this annual event supports both The Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank. This year, The NAC Players’ Association is aiming to donate $30,000, so guests are encouraged to give generously!

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