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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 24 to 26

A still from "Bruce-O-Rama" by Claire Hodge.

Friday, Feb. 24
The spirit of martial arts — and Bruce Lee — comes alive in “Bruce-o-Rama,” an interactive exhibition by Claire Hodge at the Ottawa School of Art that opens Feb. 23. You may feel like you’re entering a cinema when you first walk into the gallery, but this is no movie theatre. Here, floor pressure sensors trigger footage of Bruce Lee’s films, which plays in loops. Clips interact with each other in new and complex ways, fitting together like a mixed-up jigsaw puzzle. You don’t have to be the world’s biggest Bruce Lee fan to enjoy this exhibit — you just need an open mind and a willingness to see things in a new light.

“Pay it forward” is today’s theme for Ottawa Kindness Week, which began on Feb. 17 and ends today. The idea behind Kindness Week is to promote different kind actions in order to build a sense of community, which will hopefully last beyond this dedicated week. So, in sticking with the “pay it forward” mantra, the next time someone is kind to you, make a conscious effort to pay that kindness forward by being kind to another person, which will help make a positive difference in the daily life of our society.

Saturday, Feb. 25
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm has been producing authentic maple syrup since the 1800s. Be part of this experience on opening day when maple syrup season kicks off with a flurry of family friendly activities. See horse drawn sap collection, enjoy tasty taffy in the snow, go for a sleigh ride, visit the Sugar Shack, and have a pancake brunch at the Pancake House in this celebration of Canadian traditions. The season runs until April 8.

Spontaneous hilarity and imagination are all part of the experience at the Canadian Improv Games: Regional Tournament Finals taking place this Saturday at the National Arts Centre, which sees high school students from around the city compete. See the final four teams and the wild card winners battle it out in this final round of the tournament that will make you LOL.

Celebrate a country legend at the second annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at the Elmdale Tavern. Musicians Lefty McRighty and the Sinister Six will perform Cash’s biggest hits, and numerous special guests, such as Huntley Slim, Maxim Cossette, Slo’ Tom, and Hank’s Hangover will be rocking out as well. All proceeds from the event go to CHUO 89.1FM.

Add a little mystery to your Saturday night with The Curse of the Pekinese Peregrine, a three-course dinner and a show experience presented by Eddie May Mysteries. This comedic, musical film noir tells the story of the disappearance of the possibly cursed Pekinese Peregrine artifact, and includes a mysterious art thief and a murder. Show-goers also receive free admission to either The Velvet Room or Fat Tuesday’s, located on site.

Sunday, Feb. 26
Enter the incredible world of children’s author Richard Scarry, at the live showing of his Busytown Busy, on at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Follow the adventures of Huckle Cat, Sally Cat, Lowly Worm, Sergeant Murphy, and many of their unforgettable friends as they prepare for the town’s talent contest. Catchy sing-alongs and audience interaction promise to make this event fun for the whole family.

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