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Nepean Museum

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for December 2 to 4

Minor Empire plays the National Arts Centre on Dec. 3.

Friday, Dec. 2
If you’re looking for something different and interesting, come check out Minor Empire, a Toronto-based band composed of Turkish and Canadian musicians. The band will be performing music from their debut album Second Nature, which brings together traditional Turkish music and electro-jazz. Minor Empire has received rave reviews and performed at the Sunfest World Music Festival and the Markham Jazz Festival. Catch them this Friday night, along with special guest Jane Bunnett.

The magic of The Nutcracker is coming to life this weekend at the National Arts Centre. The Pennsylvania Ballet will be performing the iconic show in the George Balanchine style, where children play the lead roles (with no allusion to romance between them) and the costumes and set design are gloriously rich. This holiday classic is sure to melt your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit. Show runs Thursday through Sunday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Canadian choral music will be at its finest this weekend at Coro Vivo Ottawa’s concert,”Northern Lights.” This large, vibrant choir will celebrate the uniqueness of Canadian choral compositions by showcasing some of the finest. Among them are Eleanor Daly’s arrangement of the “Huron Carol” and Mark Sirett’s “Dormi Jesu.” If you’re a choir music aficionado, or just looking to enjoy some fine music for an evening, this concert is sure to please. Concerts on both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, Dec. 3
It’s back! Head out to 101 Frames, the annual fundraising auction where people can bid on fascinating, one-of-a-kind artwork at Gallery 101. This is the fourth year with the theme “the seven deadly sins.” In past years, eager art-goers were able to see artists’ interpretations of wrath, pride, and lust — and now’s it’s gluttony’s turn. After the auction, people get to indulge in a groovy dance party and live entertainment. Gluttony never looked so good! (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 15 to 17

Friday, April 15
Ottawa musician Bruce Cockburn is at the National Arts Centre to support the release of his 31st studio album Small Source of Comfort. Boasting chart toppers like “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “People See Through You,” folk music and rock and roll lovers won’t want to miss this Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee’s adventurous songs of romance, protest, spiritual discovery, and humour.

Junkyard Symphony uses everyday items as instruments.

The entire family will love Earth Day Activities, on offer at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In anticipation for the big day on April 22, drop by the the museum this Friday to make stamp art from reusable household items, create haute couture newspaper fashions, and groove to the beats of the Junkyard Symphony. The theme is green; join in the fun to celebrate our planet.

Saturday, April 16
The Mammoth Used Book Sale is back at the Nepean Sportsplex! This special event offers more than 20,000 books and audiovisual materials for children and adults. With most paperbacks at $1 and hardcovers at $2, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your library. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 1 to 3

Photo credit: Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.

Friday, April 1
Your whole family can enjoy the special brand of basketball served up by the Harlem Globetrotters in their “4 Times the Fun” world tour at Scotiabank Place. Known for their hilarious hijinks, this teams combines athleticism with comedy and theatre, putting on a show that’s rife with fun and, of course, mad skills.

Saturday, April 2
Couples looking to get hitched — or those who can’t resist a good gathering of gowns and flowers — will find an endless list of ideas for their nuptials at the Ottawa Wedding Show at Lansdowne Park. At this free event, experts provide advice on checking out reception venues, how to avoid costly mistakes, deciding on whom to invite, and other concerns of the newly-engaged. There are also fashion shows, seminars, a wedding gown sale, and more.

Coppélia by Ballet Jörgen. Photo credit: Linda Schettle.

A lonely toymaker longs for a wife, so he creates a life-sized doll. But unbeknownst to him, a local villager falls in love with the beautiful creation, causing the young man’s spurned sweetheart to cloak herself in the doll’s clothes and trick him into thinking she’s come to life. This is the exquisite world of Coppélia, a dreamy retelling of the comic love story as imagined by the contemporary Ballet Jörgen. (more…)