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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 27 to 29

"Carmen," a story of love, jealousy, and murder.

Friday, May 27
Enjoy a night at the opera with this presentation of Carmen by Pellegrini Opera. A staged and costumed production sung in French, the famed story by Georges Bizet follows the seductive gypsy Carmen and soldier Don José, blending romance, intrigue, jealousy, and murder. Also playing Saturday night.

Be transported back in time with the “Chautauqua” at Billings Estate, put on by the Ottawa Storytellers. These types of events were popular from the 1880s to the 1930s and combined education and entertainment with oratory, drama, and music. A travelling troupe even visited this historic site in 1902 and set up its tent on the grounds. Now you can experience this modern-day Chautauqua, which offers up world-renowned speakers such as the African explorer Nehemiah “Crikey” Persimmon, the famous games mistress Eliza Ross, and the British musical hall sensation Rodney Ramsbottom, all accompanied by a brass band.

Saturday, May 28
Don’t let the construction deter you from the Great Glebe Garage Sale this is still a fun street party and a great place to score some sweet swag. Thousands of people fill the streets while neighbours and businesses set up tables filled with electronics, clothing, food, jewellery, artwork, furniture, sports equipment, and every other knick knack you can imagine.

The season of pretty summer dresses is at hand, so why not try yours at dress making? Flock Boutique is offering a day-long Beginner Dress Making Class today. For $100, you will learn how to create your own easy-breezy summer frock that works as a cover-up at the beach or for strutting your stuff around town. (Some experience with a sewing machine recommended).

Ottawa Race Weekend is known for its scenic routes.

Every year, Ottawa Race Weekend draws local, national, and international participants to take part in this exciting set of races that includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K family walk/run, and children’s race. More than 38,000 people ran last year, and with new course changes this year that add Chinatown and Little Italy to the route, there will be even more scenery for runners and those cheering on the sidelines to enjoy. Races take place Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, May 29
Enjoy an afternoon of art at the the Patrick Mikhail Gallery. On view starting May 25, State of the Art is an exciting group show that features eight young, innovative Canadian artists who explore a range of contemporary issues and ideas. The exhibition includes work by names often seen out and about in the art scene such as Amy Schissel, Andrew Morrow, Dave and Jenn, Linda Chalmers, Kristopher Karklin, Jennifer Lefort, and James Olley.

This is the first weekend for the Canadian War Museum‘s newest exhibit, War and Medicine. The thought-provoking show examines the evolving relationship between warfare and the medical profession over the span of 150 years, from the Crimean War to contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through hundreds of artifacts and striking images, visitors will learn about not only the physical and mental injuries caused by war, but also the medical practitioners who try to save lives, manage disease, and rehabilitate the wounded. Opens Friday.

"Arctic Kaleidoscope" by Michelle Valberg ends May 29.

This is the last day to see the stunning images in the photography exhibit Arctic Kaleidoscope: The People, Wildlife and Ever-Changing Landscape by Michelle Valberg, on view at Canadian Museum of Nature. By capturing a unique part of Canada that is seldom explored, the 80 different works on offer illustrate Valberg’s passionate belief that everyone has a role to play in protecting the environment.

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