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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 18 to 20

Jean Ravel for Rock Lounge

Friday, March 18
Find yourself saying “Those were the days,” when you hear songs from the ’70s and ’80s? If so, head over to the Casino du Lac-Leamy for “Rock Lounge.” This musical revue, featuring tunes by Billie Joel, Hall & Oates, Elton John, and a series of One Hit Wonders, will have performer Jean Ravel and the Groove Band revisiting and rearranging the popular tracks. Make a date of it and book dinner before the show (also playing Saturday night and next weekend).

The 15th annual Latin American Film Festival kicks off at Library and Archives Canada on Thursday, with 20 films from across Latin America making their Ottawa premieres. Presented with English subtitles, the fest includes The Man Next Door, a hit at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the touching drama Leo’s Room, and the classic 1948 film from Argentina, God Bless You.

Fashionistas, grab your best shoes and your trendiest accessories, because Ottawa Fashion Week struts down the catwalk this weekend. Running Friday to Sunday, see up-and-coming designers showcase fresh fall and winter trends at the National Art Gallery. The fashion-packed weekend features two runway shows a night, including lines from jeweler Karen McClintock and architect-turned designer Rachel Sin. In addition to soaking up the glamour and getting inspired for the upcoming season, designers will be selling their wares between shows.

Have a LEGO genius in your house? Secretly still love to tinker with those tiny building blocks? Swing by the Aviation and Space Museum all day on Friday for their annual LEGO contest! The event is open to children only, from preschool right through to grade 6. Kids armed with their best aerospace-inspired LEGO creations are invited to enter. It’s a great way to spend a day of March Break, as the museum is filled with jaw-dropping exhibits sure to please the kid in all of us.

Kevin Fox plays the Black Sheep Inn

Saturday, March 19
Hop in the car for a mini road trip to the Black Sheep Inn to see Kevin Fox in concert. The Canadian singer-songwriter has composed arrangements for Justin Bieber and Kathleen Edwards, recorded songs with Raine Maida and Celine Dion, and toured with Chantal Kreviazuk and Olivia Newton-John. With his new album, Set Right, Fox offers a showcase of songs that is part pop, part something all his own with cello instrumentals and narrative lyrics.

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, get tickets to Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, on now at the Ottawa Little Theatre. This powerful drama explores the experiences of eight Irish men serving at the height of WWI. Featuring the Irish theatre group, the Tara Players, the play looks at the gripping battle of the Somme and its historical impact.

Tyler Toffoli. Photo credit: Icelevel.com

Sunday, March 20
The Ottawa 67’s have battled to reach the top this season and clinched a playoff spot. Come cheer on the team at their final regular season home game, where you’ll get great hockey and family entertainment at a very reasonable price ($12 to $21.50 per ticket). Watch for the 67’s Tyler Toffoli, the second top scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, as he works his magic on the ice.

In “Kutters,” on view at La Petite Mort Gallery, the artists in this group exhibition have constructed images from photos and drawings with collage and ink that focus on the world “cut” in its many variations.

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