What to do Thursday: Get thee to a theatre


Thursday, Oct. 6

Get thee to a theatre tonight.


JOE: The Perfect Man is one of the invited Fringe shows.

Romeo and Juliet Redux is not for the Shakespeare purist, as it shortens the play to distill it to core themes and uses just four actors, making it a more “intense and immediate” experience of teen love thwarted — but it still runs for 80 minutes. It opens at 7:30 p.m., part of The Gladstone’s ‘Deathfest’, continuing to Oct. 15. Tickets: $22-$38. thegladstone.com

The Fringe20 Encore, bringing the best shows back throughout the year to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary, begins with Giant Invisible Robot, about dealing when your only friend is an imaginary robot programmed to destroy earth (7:30 p.m.), and then JOE: The Perfect Man, by festival favourite Rachel Elie, an absurdist comedy about one man’s dream of performing in Macbeth (9 p.m.), Arts Court. Tickets: $15-$25, $30/evening pass. ottawafringe.com

Dance returns to the NAC: Need a good laugh? The modern, group dance piece AH/HA is an earnest and quirky exploration of the mechanics of the giggle, snicker to guffaw, created by Flemish choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and sound artist Maarten Van Cauewrnberghe. Don’t be surprised if you join in the thigh-slapping and belly-holding, 8 p.m., on to Oct. 8. Tickets: from $31. nac-cna.ca

The Duchess of Cambridge knows Canadian designers are sizzling, and the best of la mode Québécoise will be on offer at the Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers, starting with a VIP runway show tonight featuring the 75 designers who will be offering their 2016 collections at huge discounts, 5 to 9 p.m., Hotel Hilton Lac Leamy, 3 Casino Blvd, Gatineau. The sale, including Rudaak, MOOvment Designs, Atelier B, Annie 50, Ça Va de Soie, Éva Lavoie and more, continues Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ending just before the gobble gobble of Thanksgiving dinners. www.braderiedemodequebecoise.com


The Pumpkinferno event is back at the Upper Canada Village.

The first networking event for millennials gets at least two things right: there will be craft beer available (though, it is in a chain), and it is free, 6 to 9 p.m., CRAFT Beer Market, 875 Bank St. Register at eventbrite.ca.

Pumpkinferno, the evening show of carved gourds lit in splendid tableaus at Upper Canada Village, has 10 new exhibit this year, including some depicting famous works of art and another paying homage to the Day of the Dead celebrations. The show is only on after dark to sutably show-off the designs, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, and Thanksgiving Monday, continuing to Oct. 30, 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg. Cost: $10-$14. www.uppercanadavillage.com

Friday, Oct. 7


The ghoul of the graveyard at Saunders Farm is not too happy about being disturbed while snacking on a severed head at Saunders Farm in 2007.

Haunting season is back at Saunders Farm, where one can find the Barn of Terror, Camp Slaughter, Cemetery Scare zone and, new this year, a 1930s Carnival Fear House with antique carousel and ferris wheel. Tonight, $5 for every ticket will go to mental health programs at the Youth Services Bureau in memory of Jamie Hubley, who committed suicide after suffering bullying, 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $15-$53.95+ at night, $16.95-$18.58+ during the day on until Oct. 31. saundersfarm.com

For those short on dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, there’s a pie auction at the all-ages harvest barn dance — alongside a barbecue, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Chesterville Fairgrounds, King and Water Street, Chesterville. Ticket: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for children 10 years and under. www.chestervillefair.com

Folk songwriter Royal Wood is on his second of a four-night stint at The Black Sheep Inn. He’s a popular, earnest performer who has sold out much larger spaces at the NAC, and it looks as if he might do similarly at the Wakefield venue, 8:30 p.m., 53 Riverside Dr. He played with the NAC Orchestra just after the release of his album Ghost Light this past spring, an album that he said was not planned, and is reflective of just him rediscovering the fun in music. (See the 360, interactive video above as example.) Tickets: $30 in advance. theblacksheepinn.com

Montreal experimental indie pop band The Luyas hit Ottawa on tour with their latest five-song EP, Says You, their first release in four years (out Sept. 16) and an exercise in improv and play, “the way kids play,” as a reaction against the industr. But the songs remains dreamy, sweet confections, playing with similar Ottawa group Pippa and Toronto’s L Con, 8 p.m., Le Temporaire, 75 ru St-Rédempteur, Gatineau. Tickets: $8 at the door. theluyas.net

The highly-appealing prog rock, space freaks Moon Tan return from the wilds of Winnipeg for a highly-energetic, technical show, alongside Hellbros!, and Big Moan, 10 p.m., House of Targ, 1077 Bank St. Tickets: $8. www.houseoftarg.com

Saturday, Oct. 8


Thanksgiving events including a chance to cook and taste are on all weekend at the Museum of Agriculture and Food.

There are apple donuts, and apple cider to make and taste at Thanksgiving events at the Museum of Agriculture and Food all weekend. Plus, learn to make the “Three Sisters” soup of corn, squash and beans (and learn the aboriginal legend of the same name), taste-test apples, play with dough and make a craft, listen at storytime and see the horses get their shoes checked, 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m., until Oct. 10. Admission: $7-$10. cafmuseum.techno-science.ca

Here’s something to do after the turkey: The 23rd Perth Autumn Studio Tour is on into Thanksgiving Monday, providing a chance to peek at the secret worlds of area artists and artisans, at seven different locations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a lunch made with local ingredients on offer at the Brooke Valley School from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.perthstudiotour.com

The Third World Bazaar, returns for the return of the seven-weekend sale, featuring items culled from travels by the family operators direct from artisans in Ecuador, Nepal, Indonesia, Turkey and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday thought Sunday — but also open Thanksgiving Monday — until Nov. 20, 6110 Mitch Owens Rd. (They warn the barn is chilly, and it is: bring gloves and a hat.) Sale ends Nov. 20. thirldworldbazaar.ca

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy, known for his observant and witty stories that have made him a favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe, and now across the world. He is at the NAC on tour across Canada, 7 p.m., Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St. Tickets: from $46.50. nac-cna.ca

Ottawa folk-rock band Tribe Royal are channeling the great bands of the 60s and 70s (though they readily admit to not being alive during those epic decades), with their own country/blues spin that is sometimes reminiscent of Blue Rodeo with sweet, heart-rending melodies, and other times The Allman Brothers. Their sophomore album is due to be released Oct. 27. You may have caught them sending out good-time vibes at Marvest, but see them again at 9:30 p.m., The Rainbow. Tickets: $8. triberoyal.ca

Sunday, Oct. 9


Turkey and all the trimmings are being served at two free, community meals today.

Gobble Gobble: It’s thanksgiving weekend and there are two turkey meals being offered with all the fixings for those who would welcome a hot meal and some company:
Salvation Army Booth Centre, 3 to 5 p.m., 171 George St. Volunteers and donations of frozen turkeys and money or other food items are still welcome. Contact 613-2411573 to see what is required. www.ottawaboothcentre.org
Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School hosts its 25th community thanksgiving dinner, open to all, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 55 Centrepointe Dr. Shuttles will pick up diners at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Giant Tiger on Dumaurier Ave., Caldwell and Medford streets, Ottawa Mission on Waller Street, Salvation Army on George Street, YM/WCA on Argyle Avenue. The shuttles will then take the diners home, with bags of food, clothes as supplies last.

Here are some things to do with the whole family, pre- or post-turkey:
• The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Creative Sundays offer hands-on art-making fun for all ages, with no registration or tickets required, and activities are free, including all materials, 1 to 3 p.m., 2 Daly Ave.
A grandfather and his opinionated dog Roo make an unlikely trip to the Arctic in Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre’s show, The Last Polar Bears, a performance that is actually amusing for the whole family, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Bvld. Tickets: $10,
• A Dundonald Park clean-up effort was postponed from last weekend due to rain, but continues this week and needs volunteers, all ages welcome. Snacks will be provided, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 516 Somerset St. W.

Crafting an escape: Those wanting a different tradition for thanksgiving may enjoy this tour to two craft breweries for samples (Whiprsnapr, and Tooth and Nail), ending with an Escape Manor room effort where more beer will be served, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This may be a good way to get annoying relatives out of the house for the day. Cost: $89, includes all samples, tour fees, Escape Manor fees and lunch, plus transport between stops. www.brewkdonkey.ca

For something to soothe full tummies, Montreal’s Ihtimanska sax and accordion duo will be interpreting the music of Turkey and Bulgaria, from the music of the Ottoman courts and Sufi ceremonies to gypsy celebrations, 7:30 p.m., Black Squirrel Books and Café, 1073 Bank St. Tickets: $10.

Want to party? Here are some options for the long weekend Sunday:

  • The first 200 tickets are free at Barrymore’s traditional retro 80s long weekend party, 10 p.m., 323 Bank St. Tickets: $15 to skip the line, $7, $10 after midnight. www.tunestub.com/events/249512
  • Arnprior’s St. John Pub is hosting an 80s and 90s dance party, with DJ Jay D, 9 p.m., 129 John St. Tickets: $5 cover.
  • Too Much Sauce is an all ages party with DJs Roc Steady and Tytus, from 5 to 10 p.m., The Bourbon Room, 400A Dalhousie St. Tickets: $15-$20.

Monday, Oct. 10


A volunteer carries two meals during The Ottawa Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

The Ottawa Mission’s free thanksgiving dinner for the community is serving up turkey dinners with all the trimmings, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 pm., 35 Waller St. The volunteer roster is full up for this holiday event, but help is needed throughout the year, so do think about joining their volunteer orientation sessions. Frozen turkeys are needed, to help fill the more than 3,000 plates handed out every year on this holiday. Drop off the frozen birds at the front desk any time, or have donations picked up by calling 613-234-1144, ext. 248.

Sweat off that extra piece of pumpkin pie with a grin and some swing dancing at Bytowne Live, with Peter Liu and the Pollcats keeping the knees loose and toes tapping, 8 p.m., LIVE on Elgin, 220 Elgin St. There will be a introduction to swing dancing offered for everyone, even the absolute beginner, and no partner is required. Tickets: $12, cash only at the door.

Photos: What to do

Some things to do that do and do not involve the turkey.

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    Thanksgiving events are on all weekend at the Canada Food and Agriculture Museum. Museum of Food and Agriculture / Supplied

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    Lisbeth Gruwecz' AH/HA dance piece exploring laughter is on at the NAC.

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    There are two shows for the family-friendly show The Last Polar Bears on Thanksgiving Sunday.

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    Theres a pie auction a the Harvest Barn Dance in Chesterville. Matthew Mead / AP

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    Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy is at the NAC on tour across Canada.

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    MoonTan bring technical, hair band rock glory from Winnipeg. Jason Cottes / supplied

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    Volunteers fix up turkey dinners at a Thanksgiving Dinner hosted at the Ottawa Mission on Monday October 13, 2014. More free dinners are being served on Sunday, and Monday. Cole Burston / Ottawa Citizen

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    Tribe Royal play Ottawa this week.

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    The Perth Studio Tour is on Oct. 8 to 10.

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    The Dundonald Park clean-up on Oct. 9 is still in need of some help.

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    Pumpkinferno, the nighttime carved-gourd show runs to Oct. 30 at Upper Canada Village.

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    The Day of the Dead is part of a new exhibit at Pumpkinferno.

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    Romeo and Juliet Redux is a re-imagining of the tragic Shakespeare play. David Whiteley / supplied

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    Royal Wood rehearses with the National Arts Centre orchestra in the afternoon before an evening concert on Friday, May 6, 2016. Wood has four shows at The Black Sheep Inn, and tickets for each how are being snapped up. Julie Oliver / Ottawa Citizen

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    Giant Invisible Robots one of the few shows selected to appear at FRINGE20, a year-long celebration of the festival's 20th anniversary.

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    JOE: The Perfect Man is one of the few shows selected to appear at FRINGE20, a year-long celebration of the festival's 20th anniversary. Sandy Nicholson / supplied

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    Youtube sensation Yanis Marshall is teaching a class on dancing in sky-high heels for those aged 14 years and over.

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    Irish comedian Dylan Moran brings his acclaimed new stand-up show to Canada. (You may recognize him from Black Books or Run Fatboy Run.)
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