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WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of February 13—17

Ottawa's Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl, one of many plays featured during GCTC's Undercurrents festival
Ottawa’s Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl, one of many plays featured during GCTC’s Undercurrents festival

In this edition of the Weekender: GCTC’s Indie fest, Ottawa StoryTeller’s wild tales, Beau’s Art, and three other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Indie Theatre Festival
The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s 4th annual Undercurrents is in full-swing, a nearly two week-long festival featuring independent theatre from across Canada, including Ottawa; shows that differ in form, content, and creation methods. This Thursday through to Saturday catch Broken, “a story of 1985, lime poppe shoppe pop, and Alzheimer’s Disease.” On Saturday and Sunday (and into the following week) check out Ottawa’s Colleen Sutton as Rider Girl — a play about a Prairie girl’s love of the Roughriders. The full schedule can be found here. Two shows per evening, plus matinées on weekends.
Until Feb. 23. From $15. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St., gctc.ca

Wild Tales
Since days of old, Canada’s abundant lakes, rivers, and streams have long beckoned us to traverse its wilderness in canoes. While we may have some idyllic image in our head of what paddling through the wild might be like, reality is often stranger — much stranger. Join Kim Kilpatrick and Jeff Wright for Ottawa StoryTellersHow to Make Love in a Canoe, Camping Stories from the Wilds of Canada. It will be an evening of humorous, poignant, and thought-provoking tales from the aforementioned activity to even wilder moments in Canada’s wilderness.
Feb. 13. 7 p.m. From $20. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., nac-cna.ca

V-Day IFCO Mixer
Happy Valentines Day! Or not. This “special day” can straight-up suck for some — which is why Ottawa’s Independent Film Co-operative (IFCO), in partnership with The Collection/Bar 56, is hosting a singles mixer.  The night includes speed dating, party games, cocktails, prizes, and good beats — a must event to avoid being a sad sack on V-day. Plus, it support local film.
Feb. 14. 8 to 10 p.m. From $45. The Collection/Bar 56, 56 Byward Market Sq.

Brazilian Fever
It seems that everyone (but me) is heading to Mexico or somewhere south to beat the winter blues. Call me crazy, but I’m going north for some South American heat. Brazilian Fever takes over the Canadian Museum of History. This sizzling evening will transform the museum into a Brazilian carnival-like atmosphere, featuring Brazilian sambistas adorned in feathers and sequin-covered costumes, high-energy Brazilian beats by samba musicians, capoeiristas performing martial arts and acrobatics, and more.
Feb. 15. 8 p.m. From $50. Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau, historymuseum.ca

Beer/Art (FREE)
Wine and art have long been paired together, but I’d wager that a good portion of art aficionados would prefer a cold pint to that glass of Chardonnay — a preference Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. understands. The Vankleek Hill brewery has partnered with various exhibition spaces in Ottawa to begin hosting a series of meet-the-artist events called Beau’s Art. The first installment will feature beer sampling and light refreshments in conjunction with the opening of Mosaic/Mosaïque, a show of works by members of Arteast at Trinity Art Gallery.
Feb. 16. 1 to 3 p.m. Trinity Art Gallery (located inside the Shenkman Arts Centre), 245 Centrum Blvd., shenkmanarts.ca

Railroad Comedy
February is Black History Month. It’s also damn cold – ideal conditions, as it turns out, for celebrating indoors with comedy by some of Canada’s top-notch black comedians. The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour’s third annual installment features: Trixx, a mainstay on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial and Stars Gone Wild; Gilson Lubin, who’s appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam; Rodney Ramsay, who’s been on CBC’s The Debaters and This Hour Has 22-Minutes, and others, including Keesha Brownie, Andrew Searles, Kwasi Thomas, and Daniel Woodrow.
Feb. 17. 8:30 p.m. $15. Absolute Comedy Club, 412 Preston St., ottawa.absolutecomedy.ca