|Warming Up? Photo by Alain Villeneuve from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
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: http://ottawastart.com/weekly
Flying in the Dark with Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick
Ottawa Storytellers brings Kim Kilpatrick to the NAC Fourth Stage on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. A storyteller for over 10 years and Ottawa blogger at Great things about being blind!, Kim will be telling humorous tales about her life—maybe with some guide dog stories thrown in.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Thursday, January 17th - Saturday January 19th: Mrs. Dally Has A Lover
This play was extended until the 19th for good reason. It features a strong script, excellent performances, and solid production values. Plus, it's performed in an intimate new theatre space in Vanier.
-- Sterling Lynch, editor of the Ottawa Arts Newsletter
Friday, January 18: Herd Mag Issue 02 Launch Party
Herd Magazine invites you to celebrate the launch of its second issue this Thursday, January 18 at Fall Down Gallery starting at 8pm. The evening will include deliciously catered food, tasty drinks, dancing, live music, and cash & carry art. Support local initiatives and check out Herd Mag!
-- Eliane Laberge, blogger
Friday, January 18: Ottawa Rock Lottery Fundraiser
Are you familiar with the Ottawa Rock Lottery? Five bands are formed from a random combination of 25 Ottawa musicians. They get 24 hours to create an original 30-minute set of music. It makes for a very cool event. In preparation for the next one in May, they are holding a fundraiser on Friday at Raw Sugar Café. There will be performances by Zoo Legacy, Jesse Dangerously and Heavy Bedroom. There will also be a screening of the 2011 Ottawa Rock Lottery documentary.
-- Ryan Bresee, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me
Friday, January 18: TIMEKODE
Ottawa's funkiest and sweatiest dance party! It's better than going out to your typical night club and listening to top 40's all the time! Treat your ears to the unique sounds of Zattar, Eric R, and special guest DJ Magnificent!
-- Sami Elkout, owner of Flavor Factory
Friday-Sunday, January 18-20: The Home Renovations Show
Bored with your bathroom? Kitchen getting you down? Don't like your floors? If you answered yes to any of these, then you might want to check out the 12th Annual Home Renovation Show this weekend at the Ernst & Young Centre (formerly the CE Centre) at 2899 Uplands Drive. There's more than one hundred exhibitors, including professional renovators, designers and contractors. For more information, check out their website. Admission is $12/person at the door, but advance online tickets are $10. 17 and under are admitted free.
-- Gordon Dewis aka KeeperOfMaps
Saturday, January 19: James Bond Film Festival Fair
Mayfair...The historic and grand old Mayfair Theatre continues with their James Bond Film Festival this weekend. Featured on Saturday is a double feature matinee of my two favourite Bond films, "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only". Both films have great theme songs, great directing, beautiful women, epic villains, cool gadgets, spectacular stunts and exotic locales. Show starts at 1pm.
-- Andrew King, artist
Saturday, January 19: The Souljazz Orchestra
This Saturday, January 19, the Souljazz Orchestra will be performing live at Babylon for the first time since the group has returned from an international tour promoting their latest album Solidarity. The Ottawa-based band will be accompanied by DJ Zattar who will take care of the opening set.
-- Eliane Laberge, blogger
Saturday, January 19: Roddy Ellias concert series with Gene Bertoncini at GigSpace
Ottawa guitar master Roddy Ellias plays a duet concert with NYC guitarist Gene Bertoncini, reprising a popular performance of previous years. An eloquent and versatile improviser, Bertoncini has been heard with a range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, and Paul Desmond. Two separate shows at GigSpace: 7 and 9 p.m.
-- Alayne McGregor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
Saturday, January 19: Gloriously Sick Rock A’Buzz!
Whether you’re clued into Ottawa’s indie-rock music scene, or out of it, the place for you and your mates this Saturday night to kick it into high-gear over a beer is Zaphod Beeblebrox (27 York Street)! Ottawa frenetic-kinetic rockers, Chris Landry’s The Glorious Moonrockets, The Dead Bees and Sick Sick Sicks take to the stage for a cheap $5. Doors: 8:00 pm. For an exclusive pre-show look at some naked Moonrockets action, check out “Sharp Ends,” the new Glorious Moonrockets vid right here, filmed by Sammy Lewis from New Swears!
-- Sylvie Hill, writer, performer & educator
Saturday, January 19: Do You Chew Wisely?
Enjoy a free hands-on learning workshop to explore the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Participants will also have free access to explore the Museum for a unique family learning adventure! This fresh-air experience will awaken your senses as you discover the fascinating world of agriculture. Registration required.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Ottawa Capital Region Macaroni Kid
Tuesday, January 22: Double Major talk at Carleton University
Carleton University Art Gallery’s lecture series Double Major is back, bringing together two speakers on what seems at first glance to be wildly different topics. This time, English and African Studies professor, writer and poet Pius Adesanmi will speak on “The BlackBerry Bold™ as Fetish,” while Canadian Solar Industries Association president John Gorman talks solar energy. It’s at 7:00 p.m., with drinks and snacks available. Should be interesting.
-- Denise Deby, Green Living Ottawa
Tuesday, January 22: Tree Reading Series
At Arts Court (2 Daly). Jennifer Pederson on Sound Techniques: Voice and Mics, Part 2-6:45; Feature Erín Moure-8pm Pederson continues her free workshop & feature is amazing avant-garde poet, Erine Moure.
-- Amanda Earl, poet & publisher
Wednesday, January 23: Information session on Climb for CARE Kilimanjaro 2013
Ever dreamt of climbing Africa's highest peak? Find out what it takes to reach your dreams while supporting a great cause.
-- Laura Gauthier
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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