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Here are our contributors' picks for the best 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.
All week: Hip hop / urban arts / dance events
Thursday, July 25: Hustle Class/Session w/ Crazy Smooth at Arts Court. Friday, July 26: House of Paint Launch Party at Ritual Nightclub. Friday, July 26: Double Barrel Dance Party at Mugshots. Saturday, July 27: Unified Funk Presents: Get Yo Funk Up at Flavor Factory UDS. Saturday, July 27: ORIGINS at Ritual Nightclub. Tuesday, July 30: Barristers at Parliament Pub.
-- Sami Elkout
Thursday, July 25-Sunday, July 28: Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival
Asinabka, Ottawa’s first Indigenous film festival, is back for its second year with films and media by Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. There’s a lot to choose from, but check out The People of the Kattawapiskak River, about the housing crisis faced by the people of Attawapiskat, and a Q&A with director Alanis Obomsawin on Thursday. There’s also an intriguing-sounding “gallery crawl” with exhibits and multidisciplinary performances at Gallery 101 and Fall Down Gallery on Friday.
-- Denise Deby
Friday, July 26: Crush Improv's One Night Stand at the Gladstone
Crush Improv is combining original sketch comedy with their usual improvised fun to the Gladstone's stage as part of their One Night Stand series. Starts at 7:30pm, tickets $15.
-- Glen Gower
Saturday, July 27: Flugtag
Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and the brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines, and launch themselves off a 22-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or more often than not, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium. At the Museum of Civilization riverbanks.--- Sara-Lynne Levine
Sunday, July 28: Ottawa Valley Midsummer Herbfest
Herb lovers unite! The 17th annual Herbfest takes place this Sunday at The Herb Garden in Almonte from 9am to 5pm, rain or shine. This one-day event is a must-attend for those interested in herbs, gardening, cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the day, enjoy live entertainment, guided herbal walks, face painting, henna tattoos and dancing fairies flitting through the gardens. Enjoy a quiet rest in the gazebo, do yoga in the gardens, walk the Wetland Trail or just meander through the beautifully landscaped herb garden beds. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $4 or bought at the gate for $5/person, $15/family. Parking is $2/car. Check out the website for more information and directions to the site.
-- Gordon Dewis
Tuesday, July 30: Chamberfringe Jazz Night with Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson at St. Brigid's
Ottawa Chamberfest has another face late at night, with its Chamberfringe concerts: mainstream jazz, Latin jazz, cabaret, and lots more. It starts Thursday and runs until August 8. The highest profile jazz concert features two Canadian masters: Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson, who have collaborated in many groups for more than two decades, and have just released a new album together.
-- Brett Delmage
Wednesday, July 31: rob mclennan & Christine McNair at In/Words Reading Series
At the Clock Tower Pub, 575 Bank. Tthe recently married poetic dynamic duo will present "the Laurentian Movement," the 2nd in their collaborative chapbook series. also includes open mic.
-- Amanda Earl
Throughout the summer: Wading Pools and More
A sure sign of summer--most wading pools will be open by this weekend, as will splash pads and beaches, weather and water quality permitting, and of course pools. Check ahead with the city (or use the handy Waterkeeper Swim Guide app for beaches) to find out what’s open.
-- Denise Deby
Until Saturday, August 24: Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
A Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces brings stirring military drill and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 am to learn more about the ceremony.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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