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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for December 9 to 11

Self-portrait entitled "Julie" by Julie LaPalme, whose work will be on view at Lemonjellow.

Friday, Dec. 9
If you’re looking for a fun holiday jam with a bit of an artsy twist, Lemonjellow’s weekend pARTy “Deck the Halls” is just the thing for you. Lemonjellow Productions is an art collective that aims to display art in all different sorts of ways. This weekend, the works of nine local artists will be on display and for sale at back-to-back holiday parties. The party starts at 8pm this Friday and lasts well into the night with the help of a DJ and some Christmas tunes. Bring a present to be re-gifted in support of Pink Triangle Youth, and leave with some great art priced $50-$300. A party runs Saturday at the same time, and a tamer cookies-and-coffee party is happening on Sunday.

If you’re looking to take a break from the holiday madness, take a road trip to Gananoque (about two hours away), where you can catch Robin Hood! A Children’s Holiday Pantomime. This beloved adventure story is being performed as a “panto” – a performance with a musical-comedy twist that has men playing women… and vice-versa! Some laughs, a fun road trip, a good time with family and friends, and a unique performance style – this outing has it all. Play runs until Dec. 23.

Saturday, Dec. 10
If you’re looking to broaden your cultural horizons beyond Santa Claus, come out to Carleton University’s campus on Saturday night. No, we’re not suggesting joining the students who are studying for exams; instead, check out Kala Tarang: An Evening of Indian Dance and Music, which is a concert highlighting the work of the students of Gharana Arts. Other performers include Kasturi Mishra, who will be performing traditional Kathak Nritya, and Udit Bhide and Ravi Singh, performing Sitar and Tabla Vadhya. Whether you are familiar with this style of dance or not, you will walk away with an increased knowledge of the rich cultural traditions of Indian performing arts.

As if the holidays don’t have enough temptation, the Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair (LAFF) is back for a second year. This Saturday, 25 local food artisans will be coming together to sell their delicious products, including cookies, pies, cheeses, jams, chocolates, and more. Sample some products and choose your favourites to purchase as gifts or to take home for yourself. A silent auction of select products will raise money for the School Breakfast Program that feeds 11,000 children in Ottawa daily. So head out to delight your taste buds and support a good cause, as well.

Dust off your cowboy boots and head out to the country show happening at the Elmdale Tavern this Saturday night. Three local bands, Uncle Sean & the Shifty Drifters, Ray Harris & the BSOBs, and Lefty McRighty & the Sinister Six, will be performing along with the Tom Savage Trio from Kingston. All proceeds from the show are going directly to the Ottawa Food Bank, and all the musicians and staff are donating their time. So come on out for a real honky-tonk good time and to lend some help to those in need.

Come out to the Mayfair Theatre on Saturday afternoon to catch a free movie that is worth so much more. Amnesty International and the Dutch Embassy are hosting Movies that Matter: Coming out of the Nkuta, a screening of a documentary that follows the story of Alice Nkom, a lawyer who stands up against the law in Cameroon that bans homosexuality. The film also highlights the daily struggles of young LGBT people in Cameroon. After the screening there will be a live video discussion with Nkom herself. Instead of admission price, you’re are encouraged to write letters of support for Cameroonian youth who have been jailed for “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality.” This film and the subsequent discussion are sure to be quite thought provoking.

Sunday, Dec. 11
This Sunday morning, bring your kids and your wallet to Flock Boutique for a chance to shop in peace. While your kids make holiday ornaments with the supervision and help of craft makers, you’ll get to browse the store and find items for everyone on your list. If you or your kids get peckish, you can nibble on some brunch goodies available. All in all, everyone is guaranteed to walk away happy… you may even start hoping for an event like this every time you shop!

If you’re craving some show tunes, you’re in luck! The National Arts Centre English Theatre Company is putting on Oliver!, the musical based on the classic Dickens tale. This rendition of the famous story of a young orphaned boy in London is unique, as it features no children. The songs of Broadway legend Lionel Bart have been changed up a bit to suit only adult voices, but they’re still just as great. Sure to entertain, this show is suitable for all ages eight and up and runs through Dec. 24.

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