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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 16 to 18

Friday, March 16
Get creative at the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Vintage Fun – Making Do workshop, which is part of their March Break program. Bring your whole family and travel back in time to the 1920s and 1930s. Play Bingo, do some candle dipping, make arts and crafts, play a giant board game, or put your shoes on and try your feet at some swing dancing.

Art, nudity, and live performances come together at Bleu Nuit, a multimedia performance Art show at Falldown gallery this Friday. The show features a 1960s nude style photography collection called “Business Casual Fun,” by Irene Barrot Vasquez, in collaboration with Nilton De Menezes. NDMA, Zoo Legacy, and Live Projections and body art by Ariane Beauchamp will make up the live performance roster. With door prizes from Gypsy & Co., Young Janes, and Allegro, this is an art show not to be missed!

Party it up in Chinatown with Poptronic at Shanghai Restaurant. Poptronic is a DJ night led by CKCU’s DJ Jeff Main. He will be spinning an upbeat mix of indie electronic, synthpop, and electropop. This is anything but top 40 pop music! So come out, listen to songs you won’t hear anywhere else, and diversify your musical tastes.

Canoeing is just one of the activities to explore at the first annual Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in Ottawa.

Saturday, March 17
As frigid winter winds give way to warm, spring sunshine check out the first-ever Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show at the CE Centre. Learn about amazing travel destinations from safaris to eco-holidays and camping trips. Watch kayak, canoe, and scuba experts in the demo pools, climb the Rock Wall, or get inspired to bike, hike, run, or play water or mountain sports. Make sure to see the world premiere of The Best of the Reel Paddling Film Festival.

If you’re more of an indoorsy type, then join the Algonquin College Theatre department for the last night of Theatre of the Film Noir, a play by Canadian George F. Walker. Set in 1944 Paris, this play tells the story of a brother’s murder, his deranged lover’s escape and his sister’s love triangle. With survival, self-delusion and sexual entanglement at the root of this murder mystery, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat until the very last moment.

The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare by Brian K. Stewart (presented by the New Theatre of Ottawa) explores the idea of what Shakespeare would think of the modern world. The action revolves around one of the actors in Shakespeare’s company who goes on a road trip and becomes involved in the Occupy Movement of his age. He’s not good at defending himself or the movement and finds himself facing death in the Tower of London. In the Tower, he tells the audience about his misadventures.

Sunday, March 18
Spend the afternoon with local artist Sarah Hallman and find your inner artist at the Watercolour Monotype Workshop (presented by Les Ateliers, who do monthly skill-sharing and craft workshops). A Watercolour Monotype involves applying any watercolour product such as paints, crayons, or pencil crayons onto a metal plate that is then printed onto paper using a printing press. Let your imagination take the lead!

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