Ottawa LGBT film festival
Now in its 7th year, this festival presents four days of the best in queer film from across Canada and around the world. This year’s festival highlights include 2013 Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Color (check out trailer here), YouTube-gone-viral hit Bridegroom, and living legend flick Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. October 17 to 20. $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. See website for times and locations. www.insideout.ca/ottawafestival
“Like The Office set to music.”
Quirky musical comedy revue, The Water Coolers, deals with the humorous side of balancing work and life. The New York based company of actors draw on their own experiences and observations from around the office cooler, bringing the audience comical songs and sketches about the daily grind. Friday, October 18. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.25. The Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive.
A Symphony of Horror
Vampires, dark castles, fainting beauties, panicked townsfolk. Everything you need for a good ole’ Halloween scare can be found in the 1922 black & white classic, Nosferatu. Chamber ensemble Seventeen Voyces, will be screening the silent horror film at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. If a church screening of a vampire film isn’t enough to scare you into the Halloween spirit, the film will also be accompanied by live choral and organ music! Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. 7:30 p.m. $25 for adults, $15 for students. 130 Glebe Ave. www.seventeenvoyces.ca
Typing Monkeys Dance Party
Friday night and you feel alright? If you’re in the mood to shake off your 9-to-5 blues and step out of your business-casual finest, Briefing Sessions has the dance party for you. Two DJs will be spinning 90s old school hip hop, R&B and soulful house in the basement of Junxion Public House. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa Humane Society and Couch Assassin. Dress to impress (Junxion has a dress code!) Friday, October 18. Doors open at 10p.m. $12. 15 George St.
Ottawa’s oldest and largest capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) group will be hosting a fundraising event for their new website and academy. An evening of Brazilian dancing, food and fun, with folkloric performances, a silent auction and of course capoeira! Sunday, October 20. Doors open at 5p.m. $20. 911 Carling Ave. For more information call 613-884-1161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith will take the NAC stage this weekend, performing songs from his newest album, Forever Endeavour. With special guest and East Coast darling Jenn Grant, it’s sure to be an evening of soulful music. First show on Saturday, October 19 is sold out but Sunday, October 20 still has plenty of tickets left! 8 p.m. From $42. National Arts Centre Studio, 53 Elgin Street. See website for ticket details. nac-cna.ca/en/presents/event/6067
The Case of the Satire Sherlock
A new and funny twist on the literary world’s most memorable detective. Independent Ottawa-based company, Black Sheep Theatre, proudly presents Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer. Three actors take on over 30 characters in this comedic, tongue-in-cheek version of the Sherlock mysteries. Wednesday, October 16 to Saturday, October 26. See website for times and ticket information. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Avenue. www.thegladstone.ca/contact.html
Ottawa Glass Bead and Jewellery Show
Organized by The Glass Shoppe Studio, this annual show will feature over 30 exhibitors showcasing the best in lampworking and handmade jewellery. Lampworking (also known as flameworking) is when an artist utilizes hot flame and various tools to blow molten glass, forming beads, figurines, etc. Visitors can also enroll in classes and enjoy free demonstrations. Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. 10a.m. to 5p.m. $5 for adults, children under 12 free. Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Dr. http://ottawaglassbeadartists.com