By CINDY OLBERG
In this edition of the Weekender: Andrew Moncrief, The Magician’s Nephew, Outaouais Film Festival, and four more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.
Have you ever been told by someone that they can tell how you’re feeling because it’s written on your face? That connection between our faces and what lies beneath is what Montreal artist Andrew Moncrief explores in DE/GENERATE at La Petite Mort Gallery. The exhibit is a collection that takes on this idea by turning the process of painting itself into a violent act. Through the application of layers of paint — and ultimately the energies of Moncrief himself — the artist leaves marks and scars; wounds that come to define the figure. The exhibit runs until March 29. La Petite Mort Gallery is located at 306 Cumberland St.
Chronicles of Narnia
In this upcoming 9th Hour Theatre Company production, you’ll meet Jadis, the White Witch, and watch the creation of Narnia — all in the span of an hour. This dramatization of The Magician’s Nephew — the first of seven stories in The Chronicles of Narnia — written by C.S. Lewis and adapted by Aurand Harris, tells the story about Digory and his friend Polly who are tricked into going on magical adventures by Digory’s uncle, Andrew. The show is playing at Centrepointe Theatre, from Wednesday, March 12 to Sunday, March 16 (Wednesday at 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday at 2p.m. and 7p.m., and Sunday at 3p.m.). Tickets from $27.50. Centrepointe Theatre is at 101 Centrepointe Dr.
La lumière, la caméra, l’action!
Featuring screenings of more than 100 feature-length, short, and documentary films from around the world, the Outaouais Film Festival kicks off Friday, March 14. Opening night at the Canadian Museum of History will debut Albert Dupontel’s comedy Neuf mois fermes, which has been nominated for the Césars Awards. The seven-day festival, hosted by Denise Robert, will also include cinematography workshops and master classes, as well as a quick flick contest in partnership with the Ottawa International Short Film Festival. Tickets are $9 per film; $48 for six tickets. Visit the festival’s website for the full schedule.
On the Road Again (FREE!)
Do you remember the road trips you took with your parents when you were a kid? Do you ever wish you could go back? Sarah Anderson, a photography student from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) did just that. She drove down California’s Pacific Coast Highway where she’d gone with her parents 25 years earlier — by herself, this time — journaling her trip with photographs. Her solo exhibit, Return to the Pacific Coast Highway Photographs, will feature 50-plus colour prints and two short videos, all from her trip down memory lane. Anderson will be giving a talk at SPAO on Friday, March 14 at 3 p.m. The show runs until March 20. SPAO is located at 168 Dalhousie St.
Urban Craft (FREE!)
In the mood for a craft show? On Saturday, March 15, 50 vendors from across Eastern Canada will be offering a wide array of handcrafted clothes, soaps, jewellery, flowers, and homemade edibles at the Urban Craft Market. Sip on gourmet soda while you shop, and sample tasty treats at the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Auntie Loo’s Treats’ pop-up diner. Also, be sure to check out the new Mash Up Project: Morsel Artisan Caramels and Purple Urchin have teamed up to create a special new line of products inspired by each other’s companies, and rumour has it their creations are beer inspired! Urban Craft Market is being held at The Glebe Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is located at 175 Third Ave.
Ottawa’s Got (New) Soul
Ottawa’s newest neo-soul band The Split has steadily grown their fanbase by way of their neo-soul sound that’s influenced by such artists as Prince and James Brown. The group grabbed an enviable spot at last year’s Ottawa Bluesfest festival, and now they’re ready to unleash their bumpin’, bass-driven debut EP Can’t Get Enough at The Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $10 in advance and doors open at 8:30 p.m. The Black Sheep Inn is located at 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield.
Seed to Table
Looking to grow your own vegetables this season? Gatineau’s Seedy Sunday event on Sunday, March 16 will be a great place to learn all about organic food and pick up the seeds you’ll need to start your own organic garden. Marie Dulude, of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, will be around to talk about organic food and their international work. The event is at the Maison du citoyen, which is located at 25 rue Laurier in Gatineau, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16.