OttawaStart’s Weekly Event Round-Up: Writers, Films, Food, Costumes, Science & much more


Another incredibly busy week in the Nation’s Capital, with a wide variety of events all over the city.  Welcome to our newest contributors, Jessey and Amy from Local Tourist Ottawa.  Please add your event picks to the comments below!

Jean Labelle, Photographer:  
WRITERS FEST: This week at the International Writers Festival, join rock and roll icon Randy Bachman for an evening of music and stories (Thursday night) and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson in an exploration of the immigrant experience, what it means to be Canadian, and the kind of country we have created over the decades (Monday night).

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa:  
FILM FEST: The One World Film Festival happening October 13-16 is offering over a dozen films from almost as many countries. On opening night October 13, for example, you can see Nature Situations, a short film on the environment; Blood in the Mobile, a documentary on how minerals used in cell phones are financing war in the DR Congo; or The Pipe, about a confrontation between Irish farmers, fishers and the oil company that wants to build a pipeline through their community. The Festival includes sessions with several filmmakers and guest speakers. See the website for schedule, prices and ticket information. Library and Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.

Arne Berg, photographer:
COMEDY: You know her and love her as Edith Prickley from SCTV and My Big Fat Greek Wedding in which she portrayed Aunt Voula.Andrea Martin performs at Centrepointe Theatre Friday Oct 14 at 8 pm.Check out this cool video for a taste of what to expect. One of the funniest women in the world.

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa’s Community Ambassador: 
ENCORE 2011: From the Kiwanis Music Festival people, brothers Jonathon and Bryan Estabrooks give us “a night of part opera, part night club, from Mozart to Sinatra and beyond”. Saturday at the Shenkman Centre. Tickets are $60. Hosted by the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, the brothers will be backed by pianist Jean Desmarais and a seven piece band.  Jonathon and Bryan  have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Israeli Opera House, the NAC, Canada Day on Parliament Hill, and for US President Clinton.

Bryony Etherington, aka @ladylovewell:
VIDEOS: This Saturday the Invisible Cinema is holding “Video Store Day“. The event follows in the tradition of the popular Comic Book Shop Day by offering awesome sales, 2 for 1 rentals, freebies, prizes and more. Now that we are all living in the future and video stores (and video purchases) are dropping like flies, it’s important to recognize the little guys, especially those like Invisible Cinema. Invisible Cinema is one of the few places in town where you can find rare and odd titles on the selves regularly; and if you can’t they’ll special order it for you. These folks are a staple of our local indie community; so show your support and watch something you’ve never even heard of!

Don from foodieprints: 
FOOD: This coming Saturday, October 15 Auntie Loo will throw open the doors to her Bronson Avenue bakery between 10 am and 4 pm to celebrate her 2nd anniversary. Rideau Valley Roller Derby girls will be on hand to distribute complementary samples. Besides delicious bakery, samples from LUSH Byward Market will also be available. The cupcake photo booth will also return. Ever taken your photo taken inside or on top of a cupcake! New this year, the Find Mattycakes human/social networking scavenger hunt. To be won, full-sized cakes and a fundraising vegan barbecue in support of local charity Westminster Pet Sanctuary, which is co-sponsered by The Table Vegetarian Restaurant.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura: 
FASHION, COSTUMES, ETC.: There’s a Fabric Flea Market on Saturday at the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Ave.). Vintage & new – fabric, buttons, patterns, needlework supplies, books, tools, notions, yarn! Also on Saturday, there’s the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society HUGE Costume and Clothing Sale at Orpheus House (17 Fairmont Ave.) Looking for a costume for Hallowe’en? Maybe you are looking for cool clothing to add to your collection of vintage. The costume ladies at Orpheus Musical Theatre Society have been clearing out the wardrobe closets and there are amazing deals to be had!

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:  
COSTUME SWAP: This is a must for parents, especially if you have more than one child with a particular “passion” one year that is “passe” the next. Saturday, October 15 – Annual Halloween Costume Swap. Visit Dovercourt and take part in their annual Halloween Costime costume swap! Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave.

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher: 
POETRY & BEYOND: Saturday, October 15, Zorras and Camille Martin, Gallery 101, 8pm A B Series, Ottawa’s reading series for performance, sound and experimental poetry. Zorras make poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. With megaphones. They’re known for their unique bilingual mixture of text, sound poetry, percussion, singing, electric bass, guitar and projected images. Zorras are visual artist/writer, Sandra Alland, and musician, Y. Josephine . Camille Martin is the author of three collections of poetry: Sonnets, Codes of Public Sleep, and Sesame Kiosk. Steeped in lyric traditions and influenced by her training as a pianist, her poetry is known for its meditative and musical qualities.

Juliette Giannesini, aka Zhu, photographer:  
ACTIVISM: On October 15, Confederation Park will turn political: hundreds are expected to come out for the Occupy Ottawa demonstration, a movement modelled on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York. Protests are fairly rare in Ottawa (especially compared to France where I’m from!) and I’m curious to see what will come out of it. Is another world possible.

Jessey Bird and Amy Husser, co-founders of Local Tourist Ottawa:
SECRET PICNIC: We are excited about Harvest Noir! Ottawa’s first secret picnic feast and black tie dance party, happening on Saturday. What we know is this: It will feature locally-harvested, seasonal fresh food as well as a fab DJ, dancing and circus performers throughout the evening. The rest? A mystery. Check out the video.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:   
SCIENCE: Fun and learning go hand in hand during Science Funfest. In celebration of National Science and Technology Week (October 14 to 23), Science Funfest takes place on Sunday, October 16 at the Booth Street Complex. It’s open to the public, and it’s free! This year’s activities include identifying rocks and fossils, mining for chocolate chip cookies, and exploring the secrets of a wind tunnel. There will even be face painting!
(Also recommended by Tanya Snook, aka Spydergrrl.)

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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