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Weekend RoundUp: Head-spinners, Crushes & Charlie Brown

Operation ComeHome PopUpSupport local, get holiday shopping done and benefit a great cause all at one event! If you are working in or around Centretown today drop in to 150 Gloucester St between 3-9PM for a shopping party in support of Operation Come Home. This fantastic charity helps youth at risk and the Pop-Up Shop looks great!

Parliament Hill lights up tonight!  It’s not politicians with pipes but the beautiful holiday lights and they go on tonight at 6PM tonight.  Bundle up and head to the Hill to watch Parliament sparkle.

Plenty of time on Thursday evening to see Parliament Hill light up the season and make it to the Ethiopiaid Canada 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala at St Bridgid’s. This year’s event is in support of improving maternal health in the beautiful Eastern Africa country. The evening includes guest speaker Dr. Gretchen Roedde, a silent auction, music and great Ethiopian food. The gala kicks of at 310 St Patrick St 6:30PM.

Friday evening it’s time to get your crush on at Crush Improv’s 6th Anniversary Show at Academic Hall 135 Seraphin-Marion Private. Tickets are 20$ and show starts at 8PM.

If holiday music is your thing head down Laurier St to St-Joe’s for the University of Ottawa Choir who will be performing bilingual Christmas favourites to get you in to the Holiday mood.  The snow has fallen, the lights are lit, let the singing commence. Tickets are 25$ (10$ students) St Joseph’s corner Cumberland & Wilbrod, 8PM.

The music plays on to a different beat with Hip Hop Karaoke on stage at Ritual Nightclub. Unleash your inner diva and grab the mic at Ottawa’s official HipHop Karaoke night. Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer St 10PM.

FloorMastersKeep it urban on Saturday with FloorMaster 30 Years Anniversary Party – where has the time gone! Alongside the great poster for this event there is oldskool breakdancing, throwdown battles, graffiti murals and way more. Hosted at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts 310 St Patrick (please use side entrance off Cumberland) day event includes free dance and stomp workshop for kids! Day event runs 1 – 5:30 & night event/party from 7:30PM-2AM.

Also on Saturday re-live your childhood or introduce the little one to a holiday classic at the “A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert“. A mixed media event  it is part storytelling, part concert and part screening hosted by Jerry Granelli, original member of the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio, that recorded the iconic soundtrack. Two shows at the Ottawa Little Theatre Saturday 7 Dec, 12:30& 3PM.charlie-Brown2

Wrap up the weekend with live music at Cafe Alternatif 60 University Private, UofO. 4in1 Music Sessions holds their free monthly event giving acoustic musicians an outlet to try out new music here in Sandy Hill from 3-6PM.

Weekend Round Up: Romps, Trivia & Much Music

You Should Have Stayed HomeYou Should Have Stayed Home – A G20 Romp” the one-man play written and performed by Toronto G20 detainee Tommy Taylor is our event of the weekend.

An important yet entertaining production that invites Ottawa to volunteer for a 10min scene and attend for free. A globally relevant play it covers the 48-hours in Toronto when bystanders, tourists, peaceful protestors, kids as young as 16 and even a uniformed TTC driver were swept up by police and detained in appalling conditions without access to water, food, phones or legal aid. For anyone interested in important news stories, Canadian events or Civil Rights this is a must-see production.  Friday & Saturday 8pm (7pm for volunteers) @ ArtsCourt, 2 Daly Ave.

Saturday support local and win big! It’s the annual Bettye Hyde Trivia Night. The event held at All Saints (317 Chapel) is a FUNdraiser in support of the Co-Op nursery’s move to the beautiful Carriage House at 43 Blackburn that is set to become a entrepreneurial hub in creative Sandy Hill. There’s a cocktail party and silent auction from 5:30-7:30 (free admission & cash bar) followed by the Trivia night that kicks off at 8pm.  Businesses donating and supporting include: 18, Social, Murray Street, Saslove’s, Chateau Laffeyette, A Curious Shop, Mrs Tiggy Winkles, Magpie Jewellery, Road Trip Clothing and so very much more!

If your not quizzing on Saturday then post cocktails we’ve lots of local options including Mark Forward Live! at Ottawa Little Theatre , Hamlet (Solo) concluding its run at the NAC or some Opera at Uof O with Menotti’s The Old Maid & The Thief.

Brittens BritainSunday afternoon its the  Ottawa Youth Orchestra at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St Patrick, 2:30pm. And Monday continue your musical journey with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s performance of  Britten’s Britain, w Julie Nesrallah, 8pm.

Weekend Round-Up: Sharing is Caring, Zombies, Bread & Meat is Deadly Murder

ZombiesAnnual Ottawa Zombie Walk is the Sandy Hill event of the week. It kicks off Sunday Oct 27th in MacDonald Gardens Park (Charlotte & Rideau Lowertown side) at 12:30 – where they’ll be free makeup application. Meet the like-minded undead in the park and shamble along Rideau St for what aims to be the largest gathering of Zombies on Parliament hill (when Gov’t not sitting natch)!
Don’t forget a canned / dried good item for the Ottawa Food Bank – gotta fatten up those delicious human types. Note: We’re thinking if we could get the Zombie Walk to collide with Ottawa Velo Vogue’s Plaid Parade (see below) it would be the best!

Sharing is indeed caring… & in Ottawa this weekend it’s free and easy to declutter your home! The City of Ottawa’s Giveaway Weekend is on this Saturday and Sunday. So drag unwanted CD’s, furniture and crockery to the curb, mark it as “Free” and roam your hood to see what treasures you might find amongst another’s trash!

Dead Unicorn Ink2Tonight through Saturday it’s your last chance to get in on the FreshMeat pop-up theatre festival 7pm nightly above the Lunenburg Pub. The Festival has had great reviews – short productions in a pub – what’s not to love.

In the mood for a pub quiz?  Thursday night the Royal Oak on Laurier St is holding a proper British-style quiz night down the pub. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team as most participants link up upon arrival.  Hosted by the Ottawa Skeptics it promises a spooky Halloween science (?) theme.

Friday its time for a night at the Museum of Nature off Elgin st as they host the Halloween edition of their monthly dance party Nature Nocturne.  We love that this fine institution of learning opens itself up for fun DJ frolicking. No better place than a Gothic building to kick off the Halloween festivities.

Enriched Bread Artists are hosting their annual Open Studio all weekend. Opening night is Thursday from 6-9pm and it runs through Sunday. Check out the EBA website as their are special event occuring throughout.

Saturday is the fifth and final performance of the OperaLyra Pirates of Penzance.  This date was added due to overwhelming demand so get your tickets quick if you want a seat.

If your looking for a little more theatre to spice up the weekend – or week – Ottawa Little Theatre offers up a night of fast-paced double-crosses, psychological twists and Manhattan murders in Deadly Murder.

Plaid ParadeSunday is also the Annual Plaid Parade organised by Ottawa Velo Vogue (who we love almost as much as we love our freedom machine). It’s a kid, dog and tartan friendly harmonious cycling parade party. Cycle over to Artisin Bakery at 1pm & join in the parade. After party follows at the Carleton Tavern 223 Armstrong and there will be donation boxes throughout to raise funds for RightBikes.  Shout out to Tall Tree Cycles & Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company for their commitment and organisational skills – takes a village.

Monday it’s Action Sandy Hill‘s Board Meeting from 7-9pm at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.

Socialites & Psychological Twists in “Deadly Murder”

An edited version was published in Apt613.ca

Deadly Murder Marghetis Maria Vartanova

Connor Marghetis as Billy in Deadly Murder
Photo: Maria Vartanova

What’s in a name?  Not much or so says Shakespeare but as murder is in its essence deadly this name sticks for all the wrong reasons. Playwright David Foley weighed other monikers including the superior “If/Then”; alluding to the Cause and Effect theme running throughout the play.  One thing we can say for his chosen designation is that it fairly screams “Christie-sque Thriller” and, for all the right reasons, that is exactly what the evening delivers.

Set in the luxury apartment of a Manhattan socialite of “a certain age” Camille (Kim Strauss) this three-hander gets straight to business with Camille attempting to divest herself of one-night stand waiter Billy (Connor Marghetis) who, in turn, most ungallantly rejects this post-romp dismissal. Attempted offers of “cab-fare” escalate to sex tape blackmail and the summoning of security guard Ted (Tim Finnigan). Revealing himself as an accomplished hustler Billy soon has both Camille and Tim disarmed with a scenario shift from opportunistic burglary to pre-mediated shakedown. From this point hairpin twists come fast and furiously throughout the 2 Acts with murders, both real and imagined, moving the action along in thoroughly entertaining order through to the final curtain.

In the interest of full disclosure thrillers are not my predilection so the competence and enthusiasm the cast brought to the stage was a gratifying element of the evening. Marghetis is a charming and scheming interloper though a dollop of pure menace could only enhance his part.  Finnigan though capable at times struggles to characterise the full weighed of down-trodden desperation in the role of the indebted gambler security guard. Kim Strauss however is a stand-out as Camille embodying the quintessentially clever, slightly-jaded, socialite with energy, insights and timing as sharp as any hustlers.

Strauss & Finnigan Photo: Maria Vartanova

Strauss & Finnigan
Photo: Maria Vartanova

It was with trepidation transformed to admiration that we watched Strauss, without training or experience, take to the stage commanding the room with a highly believable personification of a rather multi-faceted Camille.  From the very outset while attempting to shift her unwanted lothario Strauss moved seamlessly from charmingly indulgent to confidently direct telling Billy to “suck it up and move on”.  On stage almost throughout and with the lion’s share of dialogue Strauss assuredly kept pace, drama and our avid attention.

The trio’s witty delivery and obvious synergies alongside Foley’s psychological contortions elevate the evening above whodunit plotlines to a fully-formed production that’s a pleasure to watch through to the clever if/then ending.

Deadly Murder at Ottawa Little Theatre until Nov 2, 2013

7:30pm (except Mondays)
Matinee October 27th, 2013
400 King Edward Ave. Ottawa, K1N 7M7