Friday, March 25
Those who love the thrill of the hunt will adore the Ottawa Antiques Show. A treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds, this indoor flea market offers thousands of items, including period pieces, home décor, jewellery, furniture, artwork, and more. Be sure to look for the colourful Bakelite bangles, which rose to fame in the ‘30s and ‘40s, especially after fashion powerhouse Coco Chanel began to offer them in her collection.
New York City’s Snarky Puppy takes the stage at Barrymore’s Music Hall tonight. The nine-piece electro-dancefloor jazz ensemble will get the audience grooving with their unique sound that’s been influenced by everyone from Erykah Badu to Herbie Hancock. Violinist Zach Brock opens the night with his trio and Ottawa’s DJ Rise Ashen takes over between sets.
Saturday, March 26
Camp it up with the Lemonjellow Vernissagerie. This new DIY collective presents a showcase of 11 local artists and their provocative, tongue in cheek art. Pieces on display run the gamut from the quirky and fun, to the nostalgic, to darker subject matter. Also taking place on Sunday.
It’s the last weekend for Vanier Maple Sugar Fest. This urban sugar bush extravaganza offers tours of the sugar shack, face-painting, crafts, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Wii competitions, live entertainment, and so much more — all for free! You can also enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast on Saturday or a “Maple Syrup Season Brunch” on Sunday (costs extra).
Enjoy an evening under the stars at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. In honour of Earth Hour 2011, visitors are invited to this free outdoor Star Party to marvel at the sky during Ottawa’s darkest night of the year. Look through Canada’s largest refracting telescope in the museum’s observatory, or bring your own telescopes or binoculars, and enjoy free hot chocolate.
Sunday, March 27
Get your fill of Oscar-worthy films at the ByTowne Cinema today. Black Swan, which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress in Leading Role, and The King’s Speech, which won Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, and Best Film, play back to back at 4pm and 6:25pm so you can see what all the buzz is about.
This is one of the last weekends to see Paul Roorda’s exhibit “Take Notice,” on view at City Hall Art Gallery (the exhibition ends April 3). Roorda’s vintage encyclopedia pictures and Polaroid sky photos are nailed to utility posts, becoming weather damaged over time, and reflecting the escalating anxiety about climate change that has replaced the fading optimism of unsustainable progress.