OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: November 28-December 4, 2013


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Winter Wonderland by Luciana Nechita. From the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Here are our contributors’ picks for the greatest events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday, November 28: A B Series
Carolyn Marie Souaid and Endre Farkas and a screening of “Blood is Blood.” Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, 8pm. Both a book and a 15-minute film, Blood is Blood is a collaborative two-voiced text that evolved from emails and  conversations between Farkas –  a child of Holocaust survivors –  and Souaid – of Lebanese ancestry –  during the  2006 July War between Lebanon and Israel.
— Amanda Earl

Thursday, November 28: Public Forum on Crowding and Conditions at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
Crowding, violence, lack of health care, use of segregation, and other conditions at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) on Innes Road have been a frequent focus of public and media concern in recent years. This public forum and discussion about these problems is free and open to all.
— Laura Gauthier

Thursday, November 28: Our Place in the Natural World at the Ottawa International Writers Festival
Two inspirational environmentalists—acclaimed botanist and medical biochemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and award-winning journalist and writer J.B. MacKinnon—will talk about their recent books and share suggestions on how people can reconnect with nature. 7 p.m.
— Denise Deby

Thursday, November 28: Up & Up Concert Series presents BlakDenim
Live at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday, November 28. The Ottawa-based hip-hop/rock/funk ensemble who’s been making quite some noise on the local music scene will be performing live as part of the venue’s 17th anniversary celebrations.
— Eliane Laberge

Saturday, November 30: A Barnyard Bazar
Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Saturday, November 30 for a uniquely barnyard bazaar! Hand-crafted items and local food products will be on sale as you visit the animal barns.
— Sara-Lynne Levine
(More craft shows listed here.)

Saturday, November 30: Hawksley Workman
Hawksley Workman never disappoints in concert. Check him and his band out at the Shenkman Arts Centre this Saturday – you will not be disappointed.
— Laura Gauthier

Saturday, November 30: Ottawa’s Underground Chef’s Market
If you’re a foodie, check out Ottawa’s Underground Chef’s Market taking place this Saturday at the Ottawa Convention Centre where chefs and foodies have the opportunity to connect. Completely new to Ottawa, this market will showcase food cooked by professionals and amateurs alike, and will allow the community to sample the city’s future foods.
— Eliane Laberge

Saturday, November 30: Jamie Baum Quintet featuring Jane Bunnett at GigSpace
It’s not often you get two jazz flute players performing together. And when the music they’re doing is based on vocal improvisations by one of the most famous practitioners of Qawwali music — this is a really different concert. American Jamie Baum is bringing four Canadians to Ottawa to perform music from her new CD, for which she wrote pieces influenced by playing with musicians and listening to music from the Indian subcontinent. It’s still recognizably mainstream jazz, but with some beautiful, haunting melodies and unexpected overtones.
— Brett Delmage

Sunday, December 1: Carol Sing & Christmas Concert at St. Timothy’s
2:00pm St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 2400 Alta Vista. Special music, choirs, instrumentalists, and bell choir. Refreshments following. A free will offering for the Heron Road Emergency Food Centre. For information, 613-733-0131|
— Max Keeping

Sunday, December 1: Titty Talks – World AIDS Day
If you’ve seen the Vagina Monologues you’ll definitely want to see Titty Talks – a similar take but by local women. In honour of World AIDS Day, proceeds from this community event will be split between CARE Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
— Laura Gauthier

Sunday, December 1: Ringing in Christmas Handbells & Chimes Concert
Get into the Christmas spirit with an evening of handbells and chimes at Rideau Park United Church (2203 Alta Vista Drive at Cunningham Avenue) this Sunday at 7pm. Featuring Christmas favourites played by Rideau Park’s five handbell and chimes choirs: Touch of Brass, Grace Notes, La Bell Ensemble, Note-Able Sound, and Ringing Praise, this is a great way to start the season. All are welcome! Admission is free and there will be a freewill offering. For more information, call 613-733-3156, ext 229. I’m going to be playing in Touch of Brass, and people are welcome to come up and say hi after the concert. 🙂
— Gordon Dewis

Sunday, December 1: Merci BEAU’S-coup! with Just Food
Just Food hosts a celebration of the first year of their Start-Up Farm Program and a thanks to Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company for raising funds to support the program. Meet local farmers, hear music, win prizes and enjoy local refreshments including, of course, Beau’s beer. 4-6 p.m. at the Manx Pub, 307 Elgin St.
— Denise Deby

Monday, December 2: ‘Bout Time Fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission
I’m hosting a special edition of ‘Bout Time, Crush Improv’s monthly improv comedy competition at the Heart & Crown (Byward Market). All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Ottawa Mission. Show starts at 8pm.
— Glen Gower

Tuesday, December 3: Holiday Block Party for the Philippines
4:30-8pm at Orange Art Gallery, 233 Armstrong St. Bites and nibbles Filipino style, brilliant chefs to the highest bidder, live gospel music, fabulous local art, live Skype feed from Philippines, limited tickets $25. I’m hosting with Anna Karina Tabunar.
— Max Keeping

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Guide
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