OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Freshly Chopped Supper Club, Cold War Cinema, much more…


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Here are our contributors’ picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. This list is published every Wednesday night in this space. You can bookmark this link for easy access:

Thursday, January 10: Bywords: Poetry and Ottawa Literary Events 
Pearl Pirie and Carolyn Smart, Raw Sugar, 8pm, A B Series. An opportunity to hear Kingston poet Carolyn Smart will read new work about the Barrow Gang entitled Careen & Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie read from her variety of work plus enjoy some nice treats & libations at one of the homiest cafes in town. Come on get cozy at Raw Sugar for the A B Series first reading of the season. Happy new year to all. I hope your resolution is to hear & buy some great local poetry in 2013.
— Amanda Earl, poet & publisher 

Thursday, January 10: Mill Street Tweetup
Good food, great beer, and awesome conversation. Meet some of Ottawa’s coolest Twitter folks at the city’s best brew pub. Seating is limited, so you must reserve a spot. Tickets are free.
— Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog

Thursday, January 10: Unreasonable Variety Show
Featuring some amazing local stand-up comedians and a special performance by pop-punk sensation Robots! Everywhere!
— Laura Gauthier

Friday, January 11: Spins & Needles
Spins & Needles is back this Friday, January 11 with a night entitled Everyone’s A Winner taking place at Pressed Cafe. Get your creative juices flowing and join DJs Jason Pelletier and Meterman starting at 8pm for a night of music and art-making.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Friday: January 11: Freshly Chopped Supper Club 
If you’d like to try something new, head over to Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse this Friday, January 11 for Freshly Chopped Supper Club. This unique evening of food and music will feature the eats of Chef Leroy of Jean Albert’s Soul Food and beats by DJ Memetic. The idea is simple: Chefs and DJs are paired based on their specialties and expertise; The Freshly Chopped crew works with them to deliver a collaborative unforgettable dinning experience for your eyes, ears and tastebuds. Attendees get to have fun eating, listening, and enjoying the service and intimate vibe of the Freshly Chopped Supper Club for $40. This week’s edition is themed around Detroit food and music.
— Eliane Laberge, blogger 

Friday: January 11: Freshly Chopped Supper Club 
The idea is simple: Chefs and DJ’s are paired based on their specialties and expertise; The Freshly Chopped crew works with them to deliver a collaborative unforgettable dinning experience for your eyes, ears and taste buds  With all of the details taken care of, you’re free to have fun eating, listening, and enjoying the service and intimate vibe of the Freshly Chopped Supper Club inside your favourite Kitchen and Coffeehouse.
— Laura Gauthier

Friday, January 11: Wine & Cheese with author Robert Hough
A Toronto-native, Robert Hough is the author of four novels. His most recent, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, was long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Hough will be talking about his latest novel, and the writing life in general at this wine and cheese.
— Laura Gauthier

Friday, January 11: Yamantaka/Sonic Titan
Have you heard of them? They were short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. Their shows are as much about performance art as they are about music. It’s really a pretty rad experience. Check out a tune. You can catch them Friday at Zaphods.
— Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU’s Whatever’s Cool With Me

Friday, January 11: OpenMinds – The Gathering
This is an event for anyone looking to see some awesome dancing! Some of the best dancers from Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Vancouver will be performing. There is also a full Crew Breakin’ battle and a 1 vs 1 All Style battle! You will also get a chance to see some of the Flavor Factory Instructors performing, and the Breadcrumbs Crew competing!
— Sami Elkout, owner of Flavor Factory

Saturday, January 12: Ottawa Health & Wellness Expo
Now in its seventh year, the Ottawa Health & Wellness Expo continues to be one of Ottawa’s biggest and best health and wellness events! Based on four pillars: Be Fit, Eat Right, Think Well & Go Green, the expo allows attendees to learn about the latest research in health, the best ways to stay fit, the benefits of proper nutrition, and so much more! Explore 95 booths of goods and service providers each designed to benefit the smartest, most educated and most health and wellness focused consumers in our city—in other words, YOU!
— Jean Labelle, photographer

Saturday, January 12: Shakti Yoga flow to Live music by DJ Rise Ashen
Juno Nomiated DJ and dancer Rise Ashen provides a different vibe to this yoga practice with his unique sound. If you enjoy music and yoga be sure to check this out! It’ll be a great workout that will open up your body, mind and ears!
— Sami Elkout, owner of Flavor Factory

Saturdays and Sundays until March 10: Skating at the Governor General’s Residence
The skating rink at Rideau Hall was originally built in 1872, during the mandate of the Earl of Dufferin, Canada’s third governor general. Along with his wife, Lady Dufferin—who quickly became a keen skater herself—he organized many skating parties during his stay at Rideau Hall. Today, you can step back in time and go for a skate on this historic rink. The general public is invited to come and skate on Saturdays and Sundays. Open 12pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays only. Free.
— Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid

Sunday, January 13: Tena Palmer & Bob Vespaziani at IMOO at the Umi Café 
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to shake up your listening habits? Start with jazz vocalist Tena Palmer! Tena moved to Toronto from Ottawa several years ago, and hasn’t been back recently. In Ottawa, she was noted for her work with Roddy Ellias and John Geggie, and as part of the pioneering 1990s jazz group Chelsea Bridge. She describes her upcoming album with Icelandic musicians as “alt folk / pop played by creative improvisers”.
— Alayne McGregor,

Tuesday, January 15: Cold War Cinema: The Spy Who Loved Me
Downhill ski chases, submarines, nuclear warheads, assassins with steel teeth and beautiful Russian secret agents — it must be a James Bond movie! Join the Diefenbunker for January’s Cold War Cinema and get into the 1970s spirit with Roger Moore as James Bond and Barbara Bach as Agent XXX in The Spy Who Loved Me. The movie starts at 7pm. If you want, you can take the optional tour of Canada’s Cold War Museum at 6pm. The cost is $8.00 for the movie, or $15.00 for the movie and tour. If you’re a Museum Member & Connexion Card holder then you’ll get in for free. Either way, everyone gets free popcorn and they have retro candy for sale.
— Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps

Wednesday, January 16: Scary Bear Soundtrack Music Video Release Party 
Local band Scary Bear Soundtrack releases the video for its song “Beaver Pond Forest” at Babylon Nightclub, 217 Bank St., 7-11 p.m. There’ll also be performances by the HIGHS, The Alex Harea and Elizabeth Hodgson. Part of the evening’s proceeds will support South March Highlands Carp River Conservation, and you’ll be able to buy 2013 South March Highlands calendars there, too. Tickets are $8 ($5 advance).
— Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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