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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for January 20 to 22

Absinthe is just one of nearly 30 restaurants partaking in WinterBites.

Friday, Jan. 20
Foodies, hold onto your hats! Ottawa Magazine has teamed up with nearly 30 local restaurants for WinterBites, and they’ve each created three-course menus at a fixed – and affordable – price (lunch is $15-$20 and dinner is $30-$40). The weather may be cold, but a delicious meal is sure to warm you up. Some participating eateries include Absinthe, Kinki, ZenKitchen, and the Urban Pear. Now is the best chance to dine at some of Ottawa’s best restaurants – try out as many as you’d like!

The Great Canadian Theatre Company is kicking off 2012 with Blood on the Moon, a one-man play written and performed by Pierre Brault. The play tells the chilling tale of James Patrick Whelan, on trial for the infamous murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee in 1868 Ottawa. Whelan was the victim of the last public hanging in Canada… but was he also the victim of a miscarriage of justice? Come out and decide for yourself. Play runs until Feb. 5.

Saturday, Jan. 21
If you’re looking to fill your Saturday with an activity that will help your health and your mindset, head out to the Orléans Health and Wellness Expo. In its sixth year, the expo features health and wellness experts, speakers, and live demonstrations in the categories of “be fit,” “eat right,” “think well,” and “go green.” Win some prizes, check out products, gain  knowledge, and leave even more motivated to improve your daily routines!

The Terry Gillespie Blues Trio is heading south to Memphis… but not before one last local performance at La Grange de la Gatineau. Don’t miss the show by Gillespie, the beloved Canadian blues artist, who is appearing with Lyndell Montgomery (on bass and fiddle) and Wayne Stoute (on drums). And why not make it an evening by coming early and enjoying a three-course gourmet meal prepared by La Grange de la Gatineau’s Cordon Bleu chef? Guaranteed to be a great night all around!

Do you believe 2012 is the end of the world? Some Ottawa poets are using this myth as an opportunity to throw a party! In support of VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival taking place next month, Poetry for the End of the World will feature Ottawa folk/acoustic band Call Me Katie, Montreal indie band Puggy Hammer, an open mic, and readings of apocalyptic poetry. The best part? The winner of VERSeFest’s “Poetry for the End of the World” contest will be announced… and a laminated copy of the winning poem will be sent off into the night sky in a weather balloon, which can climb to 100,000 feet. This quirky and fun night will be one to remember forever, however long that lasts!

A Led Zeppelin fan? You’re in luck! No, the English rock band isn’t reuniting and coming to Ottawa… but on Saturday night at the Shenkman Arts Centre, their music will come alive as Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin IV. Top-notch musicians will perform each and every song from this classic 1971 album. Whether you’re craving a night to relive your youth or simply love these tunes, this evening is sure to turn your crank.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Looking to renovate your house but not sure where to start? The world of home owning is made easier at the Home Renovations Show. Come out to get ideas, browse through hundreds of products, and meet expert designers, renovators, and builders. Whether you’re in the beginning, middle, or final stages of your renovation – or it’s really just a distant dream – you’ll leave the show feeling calmer about the whole ordeal, and pretty excited, too! Runs Friday to Sunday.

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