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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 21 to 23

Enriched Bread Artists Open Studio. Photo credit: Danny Hussey, "When Worlds Collide (1951)."

Friday, Oct. 21
Enriched Bread Artists throws open the doors of its bread-factory-turned-artists-space for the 19th edition of its annual Open Studio. Eighteen contemporary artists exhibit their work over two weekends and a variety of media is represented: sculpture, drawing, painting, multimedia. There’s no one theme, but this year recycling is a major element, with artists incorporating found and used objects (mourning lace, vintage library cards, audio cassettes).

Some of the painters also address environmental issues, meaning and history, and colour and beauty, while other artists work in printmaking, knitting, and sculpture to explore personal or political narratives. It’s a mixed bag event that shows off the diversity of the local talent. The exhibition opens Thursday night at 6pm, where DJ Michael Caffrey will be spinning tunes as you get your art on.

The Ottawa Tattoo Expo is for anyone who loves to get inked, or for those who simply enjoy the artistry of tattooing. More than 100 artists are on hand to showcase their work and share their experiences, plus they’ll be vying for the title of “best artist of the weekend.” Entertainment on offer includes tattoo contests, a rockabilly band, Capital Tease Burlesque Show, and the jaw-dropping sideshow performer known as The Lizardman, who’s tatted up from head to toe in green scales. The event runs from Friday to Sunday at the Hilton Hotel Lac-Leamy.

The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival kicks off this week this week, with events that cover poetry and non-fiction, science and fiction, music and history, and everything in between. Discuss how Alzheimer’s affects young people with JC Sulzenko, author of What My Grandmother Means to Say or examine the work of Marshall McLuhan in a unique evening with “original and unclassifiable” author B.P. Howe and local musician Mike Dubue. Music fans will also want to take note of the popular Songwriting Circle: hosted by Alan Neal, this year’s Circle features Emm Gryner, Matthew Barber, Louise Burns, and Ann Vriend. The ReLit Awards is always a good bet, bestselling author/psychologist Steven Pinker is sure to intrigue, and Air Farce with Don Ferguson will be good for a giggle. Other big names include Miriam Toews, Sheila Heti, Ian Rankin, and Amitav Ghosh. The event runs Thursday, Oct. 20, to Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Saturday, Oct. 22
With Halloween just around the corner, it looks like the zombie craze is alive and well. The 6th annual Ottawa Zombiewalk begins at 1:30pm at MacDonald Gardens Park, home of four former cemeteries. Zombies will gather to collect non-perishable goods for the Ottawa Food Bank, take Coffin Rides courtesy of RUNAMOK Party Rentals, and get their pictures taken with Flynnphoto. The actual walk begins at 3pm when the undead will hit the streets in search of brains, ending by swarming Parliament Hill before returning to their graves (or a local pub). See the website for full details about the walk and route.

Are you planning on walking down the aisle, but have no clue where to start? Then head to the Ottawa Wedding Show (it’s free!). Even if you’ve been planning your big day since you were a kid, this event is a must for the newly engaged to those who are already knee-deep in wedding planning. Experts in the art of tying the knot offer fashion shows, a boutique gown area by local bridal shops (look for deals with overstock and discontinued items), and seminars on everything from choosing music to seating guests.

Sunday, Oct. 23
Spend Sunday morning at the Ottawa Antiques Show trolling for treasure. Finds run the gamut from traditional (furniture, fine china) to the extraordinary (Trebor vintage watches, retro handbags). There are tons of boutique vendors to choose from, but our vote for coolest wares goes to Artophile, which sells rare original Hollywood art by Silvano “Nano” Campeggi. Take home an illustration of leading ladies Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, or the film poster for classics like Casablanca. The show runs Friday to Sunday at the Carleton University Field House.

October is Women’s History Month in Canada, so pay tribute to some savvy females by learning about their important contributions to society at the Canadian War Museum. This Sunday, join assistant historian Dr. Amber Lloydlangston at 1pm when she leads an hour-long tour through the First and Second World War galleries and highlights some of the contributions women made to the military during these two international conflicts. Free with museum admission (meet at the info desk).

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