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September 26, 2012

Weekly Event Round-Up: Butterfly Show, Oktoberfest, Harvest Noir, behind-the-scenes at NAC

The annual Butterfly Show at Carleton University begins this Saturday and runs until October 8.
Arrive early and bring orange slices for the butterflies to land on. Photo by JB.

Here are our contributors' picks for the best local events in Ottawa this week. You can bookmark this link for easy access: http://ottawastart.com/weekly

Saturday, September 29 - Butterfly Show at Carleton University (continues until October 8)
Enjoy over 3,100 types of beautiful butterflies during this ten-day exhibit featuring 41 different species! Open daily from 9:00am-4:00pm. Free but donation suggested.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid 

Thursday, September 27: Dirt! The Movie
Not a dirty film, but a film about dirt—the precious living organic matter that we tend to take for granted. Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa is screening Dirt! The Movie at Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave. at 7:00 p.m., as part of Organic Week, Sept. 22-29. Admission by donation.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, September 27: The Living Deads at Zaphod Beeblebrox
From Denver Colorado, this rockabilly band puts on an adrenaline pumping, dance floor rockin' show, every time, every venue. Starts at 8:00pm. Video here.
-- Eugene Haslam, Zaphod's Owner 

Friday, September 28: Poetry reading at Arnprior Public Library
Saturday, September 29: 'The Poetry of Place' writing workshop

Two great literary events happening in Arnprior at the Arnprior Public Library (21 Madawaska Street) this weekend. On Friday at 7:00pm, Phil Hall, David O'Meara and Sandra Ridley read from their most recent poetry collections. It's free but registration is required - email neil@writersfestival.org. Then on Saturday at 9:30am, there's a writing workshop with Phil Jenkins. Ttickets available on line via the Ottawa International Writers Festival.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher  

Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30: Oktoberfest Ottawa
Okay, so it's not October; not yet. But with cooler weather around the corner, why wait? Come and sample great food, drink, and entertainment at Clarke Fields Park in Barrhaven. Family day is on Sunday, so there will be things for kids to do. And on Friday, TV's George Wendt from Cheers will be tapping the inaugural keg. I'll be there all weekend, taking photos for the event, so come out and say hello.
-- Ross Brown, blogger/writer/author/photog

Saturday, September 29:  Roddy Ellias Trio at GigSpace
For several years, Ottawa guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias has organized a highly successful concert series where he plays with visiting musicians. This year, the concerts have moved to GigSpace, where audiences can hear them in an quiet, intimate hall. Saturday's show is the first of eight running until next April, and will feature Roddy with bassist Adrian Vedady and drummer John Fraboni, who have excellent reputations both in their native Montreal and here in Ottawa. Expect mostly original melodic jazz, played with simpatico, skill, and enjoyment.
-- Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca 

Saturday, September 29: Jack Layton Honoured at Friends for Peace Day
On the 10th anniversary of Friends for Peace Day, MP Olivia Chow will receive a posthumous Peace Award on behalf of her late husband Jack Layton. There will be music, speeches, dancing - all day, fabulous food and a chance to learn and connect.
-- Laura Gauthier

Sunday, September 30: Harvest Noir
Details are yet to be announced (that’s the point of the event!) but I’m curious about what is described as a chic flash-mob picnic and harvest celebration that promotes local farmers, farmers’ markets, and a more sustainable local food system. Check out the website for more details to come!
-- Juliette Giannesini, photographer 

Sunday, September 30: Follies of the Fall Forest 
Enjoy and learn about Gatineau Park. A dynamic, educational program for the whole family. Free!
-- Jean Labelle, photographer

Sunday, September 30: Culture Days at the National Arts Centre
Backstage tours, karaoke, dance workshops, classical music, poetry and an exhibition featuring Glenn Gould’s piano. Noon to 4pm. It's free.
-- Glen Gower, Editor/Owner of OttawaStart.com      

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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