Out & About OldOut & About - February 9-15, 2018

Out & About - February 9-15, 2018

Out & About - February 9-15, 2018

The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel at NAC, Feb 9

Do you miss the sounds of the 60s? This Friday, come to the NAC for a musical time machine — AJ and Jonathan are the two singers who are channeling the folky rock of Simon & Garfunkel! Don’t miss this flawlessly performed show! Tickets are on sale now, so get yours; the show starts at 8pm. 

PranaShanti Community Kirtan with Kuljit at PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Feb 9

Ever heard of Kirtan yoga? Well here’s your chance to try it! This Friday, bring your family, friends, kids, and parents and enjoy an ancient participatory music experience. Kirtan yoga’s call-and-response changing is a traditian from India — called yoga of the heart, or yoga of devotion, it uses ancient Sanskrit mantras to call upon energies that can quiet the mind and bring us back to the centre of our being. Pay a minimum donation of $10 for an unforgettable experience; proceeds go to World Spinal Care! 

Comedy Night at Canadian Golf and Country Club, Feb 9

Laughter is the best medicine — good for the heart and soul. Come to the Canadian Golf and Country Club this Friday at 7:15pm for Comedy Night! The proceeds go to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Tickets are only $25 and go to a great cause, but you can upgrade to a VIP for only $45!

Valentine's Roller Disco at Ottawa Roller Derby’s, Feb 9

Let’s get gooey this Valentine’s season! Take your sweetheart to Ottawa’s Roller Derby this Friday for the Valentine’s Roller Disco! Music provided by Evenement Black Swan Events. The floor opens at 7pm, and entry is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and $5 skate rental. Make sure to bring cash, because it’s cash only! Kids under 13 years old must wear a helmet. Roll on in and don’t miss out on the fun! 

Charly in the Desert at Shenkman Arts Centre, Feb 10

Get ready for a thought-provoking, exploratory show — Charly in the desert is a play exploring cultural themes of tolerance, sharing, and the bridging of differences. The story was inspired by Ève Alexandre-Beaulieu’s time in Burkina Faso. Come see how the play uses marionettes to explore complex themes in African culture! Tickets are on sale now, the show starts at 10am this Saturday, so book yours now! 

Salut d'Amour at Parkdale United Church, Feb 10

It’s Valentine’s month… This Saturday, check out the most romantic concert at Parkdale United Church! It’s an operatic and amorous winter concert with some of the most famous music for lovers: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1, and Salut d'Amour by Elgar. Don’t miss the reception after the concert, too. Tickets are on sale for $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under! Tickets will be available at the door. Get there before 7:30pm for a romantic extravaganza! 

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa at The Chamber, Feb 10

Are you a history buff? Interested in genealogy? Come to The Chamber (Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive) from 10:00—11:30am to hear a talks by the authors of "Beads in a Necklace, Family Stories from the Genealogy Ensemble”. Hear all about what it’s like writing and publishing family history! If you get there early, you can hear a talk by Kyla Ubbink, conservator, of Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation, on "Bailing Out: Avoiding and Responding to Water Damage and Floods in Archival Collections” from 9–9:30am. Admission and parking are free. BIFHSGO memberships will be available, and give you access to more online resources.

My Furry Valentine Family Event at Ottawa Humane Society, Fb 10

If you’ve got the blues this winter, why not try puppy-therapy? The Ottawa Humane Society is hosting their annual My Furry Valentine Family Event! Come to the Shelter on Saturday from 11am—1:30pm and make some fluffy friends. There will be lots of family activities like cupcake decorating, Valentines-making, face painting, a Photo Booth, and more! Entry is free! 

Skating through the forest at Lac des Loups, Feb 10

Skip the canal craziness and head for Lac des Loups instead. Three kilometers of icy trail winding through the forest in serpentines that offer plenty of beautiful scenery. If skating isn’t your thing, try snowshoeing and walking on close by designated trails. Warm up afterwards at the outdoor camp fire and snag some drinks and snacks at the chalet. Located just 45min from Ottawa, next to Gatineau Park, they also offer special programs for schools and companies. All Ages are welcome and the rink is free. Open 9: 00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Comfortably Numb - Canada's Pink Floyd Show - The Wall at Algonquin Commons Theatre, Feb 10

After a wave of interest sparked by loyal fans, Comfortably Numb – Canada's Pink Floyd Show will be performing the entire "The Wall" album, with a combo of album and live versions. Plus, as if it couldn’t get any better, they will be playing an additional retrospective set. More than 3 hours of live music will be supplemented with light shows, lasers, and interactive video montages. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

High Tea with Elsa at Canadian Golf and Country Club, Feb 11

Join in on the fun at this pre-Disney on Ice extravaganza! Meet and get an autograph from Disney's very own Ice Queen and have a model moment while snapping some pictures in your Ice Queen fashions while taking Afternoon High Tea! Plus, enjoy singing and story time with Elsa herself. Adult tickets include full service, while children's tickets include a revised service tailored to smaller appetites. Event runs from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm. Adult $40 / Youth $30.

Celebrate Africa! National Arts Centre- Foyer, Feb 11

February is Black History Month and what better way to celebrate that by witnessing the palpable energy when Masabo takes the stage. This dynamic ensemble of hereditary West African musicians and dancers features Fana Soro Balafone (Djembe, host, dancer, singer), Jean-Pierre Makosso (Shaker, storyteller, dancer), Kesseke Yeo (Goun Goun, dancer) and Mohamed Gira (Djembe, Goun Goun). Wonderous melodies and thumping rhythms bring the ancient arts of West Africa to life with each performance. With traditional songs, stories, athletic dance and quality musicianship, it’s a show not to be missed. Events run at 11:00 a.m/ 1:30 p.m./ 3:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Canadian College of Performing Arts National Audition Tour at Ain’t Seen Noth’n Yet – Studio, Feb 11

Celebrate the 20th birthday of the Canadian College of Performing Arts as they kick off their annual National Audition Tour. Co-founder Jacques Lemay will be running auditions alongside Artistic and Education Director Heather Burns. Application fee of $60. Event runs from 6-9pm.

Princess and Superhero Dance Party at Glebe Community Centre, Feb 11

Break it down and whip out your fancy moves at this make-believe bash. This dance party features not just a dance floor with a wicked DJ, but also a virtual reality hut, face painting, a Princess or Superhero Hair Style Salon, cupcakes, glow sticks, crafts and Princesses/Superheroes! All money raised will benefit the Children's Wish Foundation helping to grant wishes of children in the local community suffering from life threatening illnesses. Event takes place in the Scotton Hall from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now. 

Shop Night at the Ottawa Tool Library, Feb 12

You like shopping? How about home decorating? Need a little touch up around the house? Maybe you don't want to schlepp that big planer home or you just need to make a few cuts on a table saw. The Ottawa Tool Library is your nearly one-stop life hack for your home renos or even craft projects. Borrow what you need on site and get some tips from some of the best Tool Ninjas in the city!

Les Miserables at NAC, Feb 13-18

The Broadway sensation is back and better than ever as Les Miserables brings all the adventure, romance and mystery of Victor Hugo’s novel to brilliant life on the National Arts Centre Stage. Find out why it remains the second longest running musical in the world with songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Bring Him Home”. Be sure to pack some tissues because it’s a tearjerker ending and the perfect Valentine’s gift.

Simply Strings at NAC, Feb 14

The string orchestra’s of Canterbury High School and École secondaire publique De La Salle will each sit side by side with members of the NAC Orchestra’s string section conducted by Alexander Shelley in a concert featuring music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Each school will have spent an afternoon rehearsing with Alexander Shelley and getting hands on advice from the amazing string players of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Free! 8 pm

Dead Accounts at Ottawa Little Theatre, Feb 14-March 3

When Jack makes a sudden return from Wall Street to his Midwest family home, his sister Lorna demands answers. Is he coming home or running away? What happened to the wife everyone hates? And where did he get all that money? This dark comedy by one of America’s leading contemporary writers tackles the timeless issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back…with no questions asked. 

CÉLESTE LÉVIS in concert at La Grange de la Gatineau, Feb 14 at 8pm

Once a University of Ottawa student, Céleste put her studies on the backburner to chase her dream. She wanted to sing and share her voice with audiences the world over. As a contestant in Quebec's La Voix competition, she made it to the semi-final and afterwards put out her first album. It was an impressive debut. Other high points to date for the singer-songwriter include being asked to open for Francis Cabrel in the Québec portion of his 2016 tour, a nomination at the Gala de l’ADISQ for adult contemporary album of the year, and 5 nominations at the Gala Trille Or, honouring franco-ontarian artists.

Food for Thought Lecture: Cricket Farming: A new source of protein at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Feb 15

Ok, I bet you probably weren't thinking of eating crickets as you read this line...orrrr today....or any time this month or year even. But, believe it or not, munching these chirpy little insects has become an emerging food trend. Who'd have thunk it? Well, they are an excellent source of protein and some say a way to help food sustainability issues around the world. Plus, you know, less chirping keeping you up at night. Darren Goldin of Entomo Farms takes Cricket Farming in this Food for Thought Lecture. 

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