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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 2 to 4

Friday, November 2

Augury by Melanie Authier, on display as part of Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 at the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada will showcase over 100 recent acquisitions in their latest exhibition Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012. The show, which runs until January 2013, honours the tireless efforts of Gallery curators to build a thorough collection of contemporary Canadian art. Though the exhibition officially opens on Friday, and runs until January 20.

Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba has booked a two-night stint at the National Arts Centre in support of his latest album, Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Experience Cuba’s uniquely refreshing blend of rock, soul, pop and Latin-funk on the NAC’s intimate Fourth Stage.

Ottawa-based choir Seventeen Voyces will present an adaptation of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc, this weekend at St. Matthew’s Church. The film, which dates back to 1927, will be projected on a large screen at the front of the church, and the choir, accompanied by director Matthew Larkin on organ, will provide the soundtrack.

Saturday, November 3

Polaris Prize-nominated Zeus play Zaphod’s Saturday night

It’s fitting that one of Zaphod’s first big shows of November features four guys with four serious moustaches. Toronto-based Zeus — the Polaris Prize-nominated indie rock quartet that’s been topping CBC charts since debuting in 2009 — will be dropping in the nation’s capital for one last Canadian show before heading off on a major European tour. Pre-sale tickets are just $12 at Ticketweb.ca.

The Ottawa Valley Cat Show returns to the Nepean Sportsplex this weekend with two full days of feline entertainment. The event will showcase a number of purebred cats, including Maine Coon, Siamese, Cornish Rex, and Bengals. Take part in animal care workshops, browse for pet-sitters, and maybe even pick out the purrfect Christmas gift for that special cat in your life.

Hintonburg’s Urban Craft — a hip and modern market that takes place on the first Saturday of every month — is back this weekend with an exceptional new lineup of vendors. On the bill are Purple Urchin Soap, Bake Mob, VersaTile Design and Strut Jewelry, to name a few. The show begins at 10 a.m., and the first 25 guests to arrive will receive a free gift!


Sunday, November 4

Adam Cohen visits the Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre to share songs from his latest record Like a Man

Adam Cohen, son of Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen, is set to perform at the Canadian Museum of Civilization Theatre this Sunday. Known for his vulnerable yet charismatic stage presence, Cohen will be sharing songs off his latest record, Like a Man — an album he descrives as his “proudest artistic achievement yet.”

This weekend’s Fall National Women’s Show promises to be “the ultimate girls’ day out.” Featuring delectable food and wine samples, cooking demos, free makeovers, renovation advice and travel ideas, this two-day event has a little something for everyone.

Today is your last chance to experience Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live at the NAC. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, the hit Broadway musical captures all the magic and music of the animated classic. Witness the extraordinary characters, costumes and musical numbers that have made this show such a smashing success.

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