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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 7 to 9

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. Photo credit: ©2010 Cirque du Soleil inc.

Friday, Oct.7
Two fantastical worlds collide at Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. On one hand you’ve got the incredible music of a pop legend, and on the other the bizarre, otherworldly acts of modern circus performers. When the two meet, it can only be magic. The show hits Scotiabank Place tonight and runs until Sunday.

Discover your connection to animals through Anna Williams’ sculptural mixed-media installation Dark Timber, on view at Karsh-Masson Gallery from today until Nov. 20. The young Canadian artist is quickly gaining notoriety for her skilled craftsmanship with metals, along with her cultural insights. Williams’ life-like creations make us think about what we’ve lost in our transition from nature to modern culture, and also about what we can learn from these creatures.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Take a drive to the oh-so-charming town of Perth for the annual Perth Autumn Studio Tour, which showcases a selection of contemporary fine arts and crafts. This year’s event features 20 artists in eight rural studios, and part of the fun is checking out the local scenery as you travel from place to place. Beautiful craftsmanship abounds with works that include jewellery, etchings, canoes, pottery, furniture, stone sculpture, wood carvings, and more.

On this weekend that’s all about family, your kids will love the kooky adventures of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon. This live production follows two fun-loving characters with out-of-this-world imaginations and tells their stories through music, theatre, dance, puppetry, and multimedia.

Sunday, Oct. 9
After the devastating earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in March, the country earned a place in the hearts and minds of people around the world. The exhibition Japan: Tradition. Innovation, on view at the Canadian Museum of Civilization until Oct. 10, encourages visitors to discover the different facets of this country through five key areas — travel, robotics, social status, consumer culture, and entertainment. This is the last weekend to check out the exhibition that gives insight into a fascinating modern culture.

The Canada Agriculture Museum is celebrating the holiday with Thanksgiving Weekend: Harvesting Energy! From Saturday to Monday, people are invited to see renewable energy in action at the museum’s newest outdoor exhibition, Energy Park: Nature at Work. At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the food crops that will sustain us throughout the year. More and more, these same farms are also producing energy from sources such as the sun, wind, or crop, and you’ll get an inside look and better understanding of the way that energy works.

Lace up your sneakers for the Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon! About 2,000 runners will set the pace for full and half marathon events, a marathon relay, plus 3km, 5km, and 10km races — and the “most excellent turkey trot” (a 1km event for kids). The certified course is considered an official qualifier for the Boston and New York City Marathons. Instead of trekking through the big city, runners compete in a peaceful rural setting — a turn of the centruy village done up for Thanksgiving. Family events are scheduled to take place on the grounds of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum where the event takes place.

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