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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for November 4 to 6

Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata. Photo credit: Dean Carr.

Friday, Nov. 4
The Hills are Alive with the sound of… rock, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and country! If you’re a fan of the classic Julie Andrews movie, you’ll love the sounds of the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, playing at the Rainbow. The newly-formed group will be adapting 14 classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from The Sound of Music by blending genres and popular songs. This performance may just become one of your “favourite things.”

Looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping? Make your way to the Ten Thousand Villages Festival. This annual sale supports projects in developing countries and sells hand-crafted goods from around the world, including musical instruments, pottery, carvings, brassware, ornaments, toys, and jewellery. If you get hungry, enjoy lunch, dinner, or afternoon tea at the café that sells homemade goods. Sale runs Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 26.

Into film festivals? Indie movies? Or maybe just free entertainment? If so, you’re in for a treat as IFCO’s Indie Filmmaker Series presents the Experimental Documentary Short Films of Mike Rollo. The Montreal-based filmmaker’s work has been shown at festivals and galleries around the world, and his recent film, Ghosts and Gravel Roads, was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts of 2008 by the Toronto International Film Festival Group. You will have the unique opportunity to see six of his latest short films that experiment with “new approaches to documentary and sound space.”

Saturday, Nov. 5
No matter your age, everyone enjoys a good story. Celebrate this age-old art at the Ottawa Children’s Story­telling Festival, which will feature an afternoon of free activities, live performances and, of course, storytelling. The tales told at this fest include a wide range of subjects (from the real to the fantastical) and cater to all ages, encouraging and cultivating young minds and teaching them the art and enjoyment of spinning a good yarn.

Take a trip to the exotic tea-growing regions of India and Sri Lanka without even leaving the city. At the Ottawa Tea Festival, try a selection of teas from this area of the world while tea specialists and masters perform dances and ceremonies. Purchase some tea to bring home and learn some recipes and tips while you’re at it! The festival raises money for Ashinaga, a non-profit that helps orphans from the tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan.

It’s all about local talent at the Sounds for the Silent Acoustic Showcase. This event, run by Do More Canada, seeks to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict in Darfur, and the line-up includes individual singer-songwriters, duos, small groups, and even a young magician. The show also features guest speakers Max Keeping, former CTV Ottawa anchor, and Ottawa-Orleans MP Royal Galipeau.

Sunday, Nov. 6
Come out this Sunday to hear some amazing music from some very talented young string players. The Young String Performers’ Foundation is putting on its first concert of the 2011-2012 season with pieces by Bloch, Brahms, Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Vivaldi, and others. The performers are all 18 years and under and are guaranteed to impress. Michael Bhardwaj, host of CBC Radio One’s In Town and Out, will be hosting the event.

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