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Cube Gallery

Hot Art: Prairie Companions opens at Cube Gallery

Joe Fafard and Russell Yuristy open their show “Prairie Companions” at Cube Gallery tomorrow

Lifelong friends and Saskatchewan-born artists Joe Fafard and Russell Yuristy are joining forces for a show at Cube Gallery from Oct. 16 to Dec. 2.Prairie Companions” showcases work from both artists, each established in his own right: The main room consists of a group of sculptures by Joe, while Russ, who now lives in Ottawa, has his paintings and woodcut prints lining the walls.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for July 15 to 17

The Lion King comes to Ottawa. Photo credit: ©Disney, photo: Joan Marcus.

Friday, July 15
It’s opening weekend for Lion King, the Disney adventure that has been part of childhood memories ever since Mufasa told Simba about the circle of life. More than 40 actors bring the African tundra to life in the Tony Award-winning Broadway version of this story about the animal kingdom, which is on at the National Arts Centre from July 14 to Aug. 7. Listen for classic songs like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as tunes exclusive to the theatrical production.

Ottawa-born comic John Hastings records his first DVD this weekend at Yuk Yuk’s @ The Prescott. Wouldn’t it be cool to be a part of the career of an up-and-coming stand-up comedian? One who started his career doing improv at Nepean High School? Working in Montreal for the past five years, Hastings has been nominated twice as the XM Canada’s Next Top Comedian — in fact, he’s the only person to be nominated twice — and won the Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition last year. Fingers crossed he does his bit about his stint as a telemarketer (check it out on his website) when he performs on Friday and Saturday night.

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest takes over Mooney's Bay. Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism.

Saturday, July 16
Each year, more than 25,000 players and spectators head to HOPE Volleyball Summerfest to bump, smash, and dig their way to v-ball glory (or just to cheer and check out some hard bodies). With this year’s concert line-up featuring Tokyo Police Club and local band The Balconies, as well as a verified attempt to name 2011 the “Largest One Day Volleyball Event in the World” by The Guinness Book of World Records, this is sure to be one heck of a party. And with proceeds going to local charities, you can feel even better about your day of fun in the sun. Registration for playing is sold out, but spectators are free to watch (non-registered participants must purchase a wristband to access the HOPE amphitheatre for concerts, $25). (more…)

Hot Art: The Bold and Beautiful of Ottawa Alleyways

Left to right: Paul Schibli, "Spring on the Avon"; Olaf Krassnitzky, "River Lane Winter"; Strachan Johnston, "Stairway to Heaven."

Who knew Ottawa had such an enchanting maze of alleys, tucked away behind houses and tree-lined streets? Ottawa Alleyways, on view until May 1 at Cube Gallery, explores the story of the city’s hidden annexes. For this group show, eight Ottawa painters spent a year discovering these intriguing spaces. Their final works evoke a gamut of emotions: feelings of fun, nostalgia, happiness, and even loneliness. The styles of painting vary; some are done in bright, electric colours, while others err towards muted tones; some have almost photo-like detail, while others emphasize softer shapes. All have personality. From old-fashioned service lanes to places with secret views of backyards and back doors, check out these unique portrayals of the urban landscape to see another side of this ever-evolving city.

Featured artists: Jay Anderson, John Jarrett, Strachan Johnston, Olaf Krassnitzky, Pina Manoni-Rennick, Karole Marois, Paul Schibli, and Karl Schutt.