Friday, Nov. 25
The film that received rave reviews at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival is now coming to Ottawa. Billy Bishop Goes to War, the film based on the two-man stage play of the same name by John Gray and Eric Peterson, is being screened at the Canadian War Museum. This updated version — still featuring the same two men — now features an aged Bishop, a WWI flying ace veteran reflecting on his time in the war with music and humour. Both Gray and Peterson play an array of characters and have been warmly received ever since the stage play first debuted in 1978. Catch the film until Sunday.
Whether your taste in art is widespread or more specific to a certain style, odds are you’ll find something you like at SAW Gallery’s Sketch holiday fundraiser. This annual event has over 175 participating artists this year, so guaranteed there is something for everyone. And with works of art starting at only $10, you might even be able to get your Christmas shopping done – and give original gifts to boot. The fundraiser goes well into the night and features some great musical acts as well as artists, so why not make an evening of it?
You might get a little more than you bargained for it you were thinking of going for a swim on Friday night because the Electric Fields Festival is putting on a performance in the Champagne Bath public pool facility this Friday! The show, entitled “Swim Sound,” will feature a collaboration between composer Jesse Stewart, architect Adrian Blackwell, and new media artist Rob Cruickshank. This year’s festival, put on by Artengine, a non-profit, artist-run centre focusing on electronic art, is looking on the relationship between sound and different spaces — so why not use a public pool? The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday, and the locations of other shows include a basilica church, civil service buildings, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Saturday, Nov. 26
The Arrogant Worms have been delighting audiences for years with zany songs such as “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate,” “Me Like Hockey,” and “Celine Dion.” This three-man Canadian band started out by performing witty songs and sketches for the campus radio station at Queen’s University in Kingston. Over 20 years later, they’re still going strong and have since released 13 albums. Coming to the Centrepointe Theatre this Saturday, the Arrogant Worms are sure to impress with their show that combines musicianship and satire for a family-friendly musical experience.
Jackie Kennedy — along with her stunning wardrobe — has been the subject of countless films, biographies, and “specials” for years. In the French play Jackie, coming to the National Arts Centre, playwright Elfriede Jelinek hopes to go deeper into exploring who this iconic woman was, rather than who the public said she was. Jelinek, a self-described feminist, says the women she writes plays about are women who are not in control of their own lives, who are stereotyped, and who struggle to be heard. Prepare to see a whole other side of Jackie Kennedy, beyond her elegant hats and stylish coats — although you’ll also catch a glimpse of those. Play runs until Saturday.
Sunday, Nov. 27
The Backyardigans are off on an adventure with “Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens.” The singing-and-dancing show, on at the Centrepointe Theatre, will see the gang pursue a mysterious space ship and its missing extraterrestrial passengers. Based on the television series featuring five zany friends swept up in their imaginations, this show is sure to delight and entertain the kids (and therefore their parents). Three shows on Sunday afternoon.
Are you the kind of person that always has questions? Satisfy your need to know by meeting the research and collection specialists behind the exhibits at the Canadian Museum of Nature, featuring practically everything in the natural sciences from paleontology to parasites. This special Meet the Experts weekend event will allow you to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the collections and ask questions of the experts who put them together. It’s definitely not your average field trip! Event runs Saturday and Sunday.