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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 11 to 13

Friday, January 11

The Back-Talk Organ Trio play Irene’s Jan. 11 
(Photo: Scott Doubt)

The Back-Talk Organ Trio + 1 (featuring Ian Babb and Iyono Ede) has an eclectic style that’s hard to pin down, other than to say that it’s full of jazzy goodness. If you love jazz, soul, R&B, gospel, experimental, or just good music in general, come have a listen at Irene’s in this Friday.

Local artist Lilith Ohannessian specializes in organic figures done in a minimalist, calligraphic style, Sumi-e, which she uses to infuse the principles of Tai Chi and Zen into her work. You can see her “Drawing the Line” exhibit for free at the Atrium Gallery this weekend (101 Centrepointe Drive).

Currently celebrating its 100th season, The Ottawa Little Theatre is putting on “Ten Great Plays from Ten Great Decades.” From January 8 to 26, Joan Sullivan Eady directs a cast of nine in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, the play that put Miller on the map as one of the greats (but also in hot water: it lead to him being called before the House Un-American Activities Committee).

Saturday, January 12

Bring the whole family to see Music Under a Midnight Moon

Peter Duschenes, Artistic Director of the Platypus Theatre, teams up with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to bring you Music Under a Midnight Moon. Originally commissioned for school audiences in 2001, the show has since gained international success, and now returns for a special hometown performance.

It’s a new year and it’s time get healthy, right? The Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo at the Shenkman Arts Centre has all the info and products you need for the healthy-new-you is to attend. A special bonus: this year’s Expo features the New York Times best-selling author of Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis, as a keynote speaker.

A comedy show featuring local talent is a great way to drive away any post-holiday blues. The Chris Timms Comedy Cabaret promises a mix of music and stand-up that will get your 2013 off to a smiling start.

Sunday, January 13

The National Gallery of Canada gives you an opportunity to experience Canada’s best contemporary artists in Builders

Builders highlights important moments in contemporary Canadian art —established, new, provocative, and topical — and it has been extended until Monday, Feb. 18. It’s a rare opportunity to see more than one hundred up-coming and established, influential artists all in one place. So if you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, then now is a great time to head to the National Gallery of Canada.

How about something that’s fun, fit, informative, and FREE? Gatineau Park is offering a two-hour crash course on Animal Tracking on Snowshoes, guided by an experienced naturalist. And the free course also includes snowshoes for the two-hours! Reservations are recommended.

If, perhaps, your tastes run opposite of snowshoeing, check out the Ottawa International Motorcycle Show at the Ernst and Young Centre from Jan. 11 to 13. Of course, there’s a heavy focus on two-wheelers, but there’s lots more happening throughout the weekend: music, a fashion show, and even a “tattoo alley.” Plus, new this year is an area geared specifically to women, “Riding ‘HER’ Way.”

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