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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 10 to 12

Friday, Feb. 10
This Friday, leave the kids at home and head to Sexapalooza, an upscale adult consumer show and sexy shopping experience at the Ottawa Convention Centre. With workshops; entertainment such as burlesque dancing, the Sex Museum, and the Alley of Fantasy; as well as a plethora of products, this show is definitely dedicated to education and entertainment on all aspects of sex and sexuality in a safe environment. Learn new tips and tricks and pick up some lingerie just in time for Valentine’s Day.

From Feb. 8 to 11, the Algonquin College Theatre Department is showing two one-act plays by playwright Christopher Durang: The Actor’s Nightmare & ‘Dentity Crisis. In The Actor’s Nightmare see George (Alain Chauvin) perform a show he has never rehearsed, with a script he hasn’t read, and with actors he is meeting for the first time. In ‘Dentity Crisis join Jane (Elizabeth Franklin) as she moves from confusion to a psychological breakthrough in dealing with her dysfunctional family.

"In the Belly of the Whale" is just one of six plays in the Undercurrents theatre festival. Photo credit: Andrew Alexander.

Saturday, Feb. 11
The second annual Undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream is showcasing six inventive and entertaining shows from Feb. 7 to 19. This series of plays covers a variety of topics. Explore the ferocity of the family unit and the secret worlds children create in Live from the Belly of a Whale, or learn what it’s like to live on the front lines of the Athabasca oil sands in Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show.

Can’t make it downtown for Winterlude? Start your Saturday with a pancake breakfast for the whole family at Fête Frissons, hosted by the Heart of Orleans Business Improvement Association and the Shenkman Arts Centre, in partnership with Winterlude. Then hop on their outdoor skating rink, try snow painting and ice carving, or take in the ice skating show by the OYP Theatre School’s “OYPCapades.” Even better, these daytime events are free! In the evening, put on your dancing shoes for some home-cooked Southern food and upbeat music at the Mardi Gras Dinner and Show with Zydeco Loco.

If you’ve got more of a rock-and-roll soul, then take in the Sam Roberts Band with special guest Zeus at the National Arts Centre. Sam Roberts is a Canadian indie-rock sensation, with multiple JUNO awards, platinum records, and No. 1 chart rankings. Immerse yourself in the emotional introspection of the rock songs off the band’s new album, Collider.

Young Empires is a new electro-indie, Toronto-based four-piece that has garnered international attention since their inception in October 2009. Immerse yourself in the swirling synthesizer tones, fervent bass rhythms, and soulful guitar licks of their dance tracks this Saturday at Ritual Nightclub when they perform alongside Canadian indie bands Bravestation and The Glass Chain.

Sunday, Feb. 12
Éclipse agricole (Agricultural Eclipse), a new art exhibit by Marie-Eve Martel, explores the rapid and irreversible way the rural landscape has changed. In her paintings, Martel turns the traditional barn into a symbol of agricultural decline, questioning the reorganization of rural areas into global, urban, and standardized places. Experience the present-day human condition through stories of the landscape at Espace Odyssée in Maison de la culture de Gatineau.

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