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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 13 to 15

Works by Pedro Isztin will be on view at Red Wall Gallery. Photo credit: Pedro Isztin, "Wakefield I, Canada 2010."

Friday, Jan. 13
With snow banks all around us and temperatures dipping below zero, we’re reminded of nature every day. So what better time to go check out Pedro Isztin’s new collection of nature photography at Red Wall Gallery? This new exhibit, Study of Structure and Form, displays photographs from all over the world, including Sweden, Spain, and Canada, in a wide range of environments. Isztin looks at shape in the natural world and humankind’s influence on nature – a very timely topic. Opening this Friday, this collection is on view until Feb. 6.

Musical high school students aren’t just taking over television shows such as Glee; they’re also taking over the National Arts Centre! St. Peter High School’s Theatre and Development class, a credited class that combines performing arts education with global issues, is putting on a performance of The Other Side of the River, a musical about the gap between the rich and poor in a fictional village. This play – and this class – focuses on how young people can make a difference; come out to support them as they make their mark. Play runs Thursday and Friday.

On Friday night, the Canada Science and Technology Museum invites families out to Planets!, an interactive 90-minute workshop designed for children ages four to 12. Participants will learn about the eight planets (sorry, Pluto), and then engage in some arts and crafts, which include making re-usable planetary stamps. Don’t miss this chance for learning and fun with the whole family!

New Year’s resolutions take on a whole new meaning this Friday in SAW Video’s first event of 2012, Resolution. This year’s showcase of new short films includes Izabel Barsive’s Patsy, which uses dance to express a woman’s struggle with alcoholism and age, John Graham’s Move, which depicts the dream life of a coma patient through experimental cinema, Howard Adler’s documentary Rally for Awareness, about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, and several other fascinating works. This one night event, followed by a Q&A session, is not one to miss.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Ever felt trapped in your job, a system, or life in general? Or perhaps you are simply a fan of new and original art forms? Either way, check out the showcase of Bureaucracy, by René Price and Immony Men at Gallery 101. These multi-disciplinary artists confront the notion of bureaucracy, both from the outside and from the inside; both artists, joined by authors Dick Bourgeois-Doyle and Christian McPherson, are hosting a panel discussion on Saturday. This free event is the perfect accompaniment to the thought-provoking art that makes use of new media. Exhibit opens Friday and runs to Feb. 18.

In the mood for something different this Saturday night? Come out to the National Arts Centre for a performance by Madison Violet, one of Canada’s most up-and-coming musical acts. This country-folk-pop duo has been selling out venues across North America and Europe, winning Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards, and sharing stages with popular musical acts such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith, and The Indigo Girls. Their newest album is called The Good in Goodbye… but you’ll leave this concert wanting to say anything but.

Sunday, Jan. 15
Still fighting the urge to watch cartoons on lazy weekend mornings? Fight no more! But instead of Scooby Doo, come out to Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes at Shenkman Arts Centre to see some grown-up illustrations. The international editorial cartoon exhibit displays a collection of cartoons that offer satirical commentary on current new events. The ones on display were chosen from over 700 entries in an international competition organized by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. Don’t miss this traveling exhibit’s stop in Ottawa, which only lasts until Jan. 19.

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