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WEEKENDER: Lots of artsy pursuits — and a Saturday morning gig saving the Ottawa River shoreline

Series Dance 10 and Ottawa Dance Directive team up for two powerful performances, including “Box, l’homme au carton.”

Series Dance 10 and the Ottawa Dance Directive present Fortier Dance-Création: Paul-André Fortier and Robin Poitras from September 19 to 21 at The Odd Box. Poitras, of Regina, and Fortier, “the man who dances” of Montreal, team up for two powerful performances that “evoke the captivating tensions of solitude.” Fortier choreographs and performs in “Box, l’homme au carton” and choreographs Poitras’ solo “She.” Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. $25 for adults, $20 for students. The Odd Box at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave. artscourt.ca

35 Shows for 35 Years
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre kicks of its 35th season of touring this Sunday, September 22, at the Shenkman Arts Centre with The Light Princess. The story of a girl who loses her gravity, The Light Princess is the first of 35 shows this season to celebrate the company’s milestone year. Shows will take place throughout the season at the Shenkman Arts Centre as well as the Irving Greenberg Centre in partnership with Salamander Theatre. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m and 3:30 p.m. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard. www.ragandbone.ca

Noel Coward’s 1930s play “Private Lives” premiers this Friday.

Private Lives
Plosive Productions presents Noel Coward’s 1930s play “Private Lives” premiering this Friday, September 20 at The Gladstone Theatre. The notion of “small world” rings true, when a divorced couple find themselves honeymooning with their new partners in adjacent rooms. Upon realization of this coincidence, their rocky romance ensues. Private Lives will be running until October 12. See website for ticket information. Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave. www.thegladstone.ca

Pick of the Litter
This Saturday, September 21, do your part for the environment by coming out to participate in the 20th Anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. What originally started as a local event in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, has now become an annual event across Canada’s fresh and salt water bodies to promote cleanliness for our shorelines and aquatic wildlife. Cleaning supplies will be provided as well as morning refreshments from Bridgehead Coffee and a free lunch. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Behind the Bytown Museum at the shoreline between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier. ShorelineCleanup.ca

Catch of the Day
Come view the works of some of Canada’s most seasoned artists at the Patrick Gordon Framing Studio. On Friday, September 20, the studio is holding a vernissage for its latest exhibit “BIG FISH small pond” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show features works by artists Keven Benson, Sam Vainola, Rob Bissett, and Dan Weigand. Live music will be provided by The Measles. The exhibit will be on until October 19. Patrick Gordon Framing Studio, 160 Elm St. www.patrickgordonframing.ca

Dave Heath and Sook-Yin Lee at Ottawa Art Gallery
Celebrated artist and self-described “photographe humaniste,” Dave Heath opens his exhibition, Dave Heath: A Heritage of Meaning, An Introspective at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. Guest curated by Michael Schreier, the latest exhibit features Heath’s past works as well as his most recent. Meanwhile, multitalented artist (and former MuchMusic VJ) Sook-Yin Lee is showcasing her photography skills in Sook-Yin Lee: We Are Light Rays also opening this Thursday at 6 p.m. Curated by Ola Wlusek, Lee is also performing in her latest stage endeavor, How Can I Forget: A Multimedia Dream on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Academic Hall Theatre at the University of Ottawa. Both exhibits by Heath and Lee run until January 26, 2014. Admission on Thursday night is free; admission by donation at other times. ottawaartgallery.ca

~Meaghan Crowley