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November 30, 2011

Weekly Event Round-Up: The party formerly known as Kosmic, and the artist currently known as Prince (and more)

Some great event ideas for this week - please add anything we missed to the comments below, or add them to OttawaStart via our Community News tool.

Josee from Frugal Fun Ottawa:    
LIGHTING UP: During Christmas Lights Across Canada, Parliament Hill and other area attractions are lit up with over 300,000 lights. This year's illumination ceremony is at 6 pm on Thursday, and the lights will be up until January 7. We went to last year's illumination ceremony and got some terrific photos. There will also be free hot chocolate, and a performance by Montreal's Nadja.
(also suggested by Juliette Giannesini, who says there will be free Beavertails too.)

Andrew King, artist: 
PARTY: For 38 years, the Carleton University School Of Architecture has played host to an event so infamous, it was noted by David Letterman as one of the top 10 campus parties in North America. Formerly known as "Kosmic" this party is now dubbed "Milieux".  With an amazing assortment of musicians, art installations, and other mind bending audio/visual displays, I can safely say this party lives up to its reputation. For the first time the event is being held in the Aberdeen Pavilion on December 1st, 2011. The grand historic space of the pavilion provides an interesting environment to transform with dream-like exhibits of props, sound and light. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Architecture for Humanity; a non-profit organization that provides architectural services to the global community.

Jean Labelle, photographer: 
THEATRE: What do you get when you cross two theatre classics with two irreverent clowns? A Midwinter's Dream Tale. A mischievous mid-winter treat,just in time for the holiday season! At the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 18.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa
WORLD AIDS DAY: Several events on December 1 mark World AIDS Day, starting with a breakfast on Parliament Hill and the launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. But if you’re looking for an evening activity that sheds light on how AIDS affects people both locally and globally, check out Carleton University’s film screening and discussion starting at 5 p.m.

Laura Nicol, aka @311Laura:   
WORLD AIDS DAY: Titty Talks is a collaborative series of monologues about women - their breasts, bodies and souls. Tickets are $20 for Black Sheep show on Thursday, December 1st at 7:30pm or Pay What You Can for the Bronson centre show at 7:30 on Saturday, December 3.
This is 100% Fundraiser towards those living or caring for those effected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Proceeds will be donated to CARE Canada and the Wakefield Grannies

Amanda Earl, poet & publisher:  
POETRY: Poetry launches by Christine McNair & Bardia Sinaee & a short fiction launch by Matthew Firth. lovingly hosted by rob mclennan. Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm at the Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong). More info.

Brett Delmage, OttawaJazzScene.ca:
MUSIC: Evandro Gracelli has warmed Ottawa audiences with his Brazillian jazz music, guitar playing, singing, and friendly, easygoing manner during his two years in Ottawa. Your last chance to hear him and his group play before he returns home will be at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 p.m.

Don from foodieprints:
URBAN CRAFTS: This coming Saturday, December 3, visit the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) for December's Urban Craft Market. Besides featuring vendors who produce handmade accessories, natural body products, innovative modern and recycled jewelry, and modern home decor, there will be food artisans like Auntie Loo's Treats, Major Craig's Chutney, Urban Backing Co., Rochef Chocalatier, Chef Richard's Kitchen Flavors and more. The fair starts at 10:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm.

Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid:   
KIDS: On Saturday, enjoy a staged reading of Angel Square, a wonderful holiday book.
It’s Christmas 1945 and 12-year-old Tommy lives in Ottawa’s tough, multi-ethnic neighbourhood of Lowertown, where his best friend’s father has just been attacked. Tommy teams up with some friends to try to crack the case, leading them all around Ottawa. Meet author Brian Doyle and have your copy of the book signed by the author. 7:00pm at Glebe St. James Church.

Denise Deby, who writes for Green Living Ottawa
ADVENTURERS: Saturday, Dec. 3 is “Kilimanjaro Day” at Collected Works. Drop by from 1-3 p.m. to meet the Kilimanjaro Grannies, named after the Tanzanian mountain they climbed in 2007 to support African grandmothers, and Barry Finlay who with his son Chris scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009 and raised funds for Plan Canada. You can hear about their adventures and pick up copies of their books.

Ryan Bresee, radio host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me:
MUSIC: There are a lot of great shows you can see this week (Fevers on Friday, Austra and Young Galaxy on Saturday, Feist and Bry Webb on Monday to name a few) but I want you to head to Zaphod's on Saturday to catch Huddle. This is the best band you've never heard of. They've just released their first album and I can't stop listening to it. I lined up my babysitter. Your turn.

Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com:
ENTERTAINMENT: It's a busy week coming up at Scotiabank Place. Prince plays on Saturday night and Bob Seger is there on Tuesday. The Sens play games on Monday vs. Tampa Bay and Wednesday vs. Washington.

Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre:  
CONCERTS: This week, I am looking forward to attending the Ottawa Chamber Music Society’s holiday concert, Christmas Around the World, featuring Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà, her all-woman orchestra with piano. The concert is on Sunday, December 4 from 3 pm to 5 pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.
(also suggested by Tim Schobert, Classical Music Ottawa)

Max KeepingCTV Ottawa's Community Ambassador:   
STUDENTS DO CARE! On Monday, Dec. 5, students of uOttawa's Tefler School of Business present their annual CASCO cabaret to benefit CHEO. It's at the Delta Centre (the former Crowne Plaza), with cocktails at five, dinner at six, and the show  at 7:30pm.   The students work year round on this, soliciting sponsors and table sales...and they do the song and dance routines of the fashion show. This started 13 years ago...and annually raises $30,000 or more.

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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