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WEEKENDER: A dance party, a quick run, and some writerly pursuits for your Thanksgiving weekend

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Sweet Success: Jose Palacios, aka DJ Sweet Cheeks, has been spinning tunes at Rochester Pub’s Kitchen Party nights since last year. Photography by Rémi Thériault.

Kitchen Party
SoundSeekers columnist Fateema Sayani first wrote about the Rochester Pub’s Kitchen Party some 18 months ago (check out the story here) and the sweaty event is still going strong. DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks spin the tunes for this jam-packed dance party, which starts at 10 p.m. on Friday, October 11. at 10 p.m. Rochester Pub, 502 Rochester St.

Writers for Rights 
In conjunction with a Supreme Court hearing of Mohamed Harket on Oct. 10, Ottawa writers and performers are coming together to stage a reading of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. While Harkat’s case is well-known, many don’t realize that following his hearing the Supreme Court will retire to a secret private hearing in an undisclosed, secure area without their person of interest. (Under Canada’s security certificate system, individuals may be served a prison sentence based on secret allegations that no one, not even Mr. Harkat nor his lawyers, are allowed to know about.) Following the public trial, Elizabeth Hay, Alan Cumyn, Monia Mazigh, Louisa Taylor, and Matthew Behrens will mark what some call a precedent-setting case with a reading of “The Trial” — a novel that points to government secrecy and lack of transparency in the justice system. Thursday, October 10. 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Bank St. secrettrial5.com.

Orange Art Gallery hosts 'Scenes from a Cartoon Bar' in which artist David Cation imagines scenes that could only happen a 'cartoon bar'
Orange Art Gallery hosts ‘Scenes from a Cartoon Bar’ in which artist David Cation imagines scenes and lives that could only happen in a miraculous ‘cartoon bar’

Sketchy Art 
Orange Art Gallery is hosting a vernissage this Thursday, October 10, for the upcoming exhibition, “Scenes from the Cartoon Bar” by David Cation. Inspired by a poem that he wrote in the 1990s, Cation’s works literally depict scenes that could only ever happen in a cartoon bar — for instance, angels sitting at the bar and sharing a drink. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Orange Art Gallery, 233 Armstrong St. www.orangeartgallery.ca

Day By Day 
Gatineau artist Raymond Aubin debuts his exhibition “Au jour le jour” this Thursday, October 10. As a photo-based artist, Aubin uses his medium as a way to create imagery that “implies an instantaneity that paradoxically freezes time.” Vernissage 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Exhibition runs until November 17. City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Ave. W. www.ottawa.ca

Turkey Trot 
Justify all that turkey you’ll be eating this weekend by burning off a few calories at the Fall Colours Run Series! With marathon, half-marathon, 10k, 5k, 3k, and 1k races, there’s something for all fitness levels. The races will be set in the beautiful town of Cumberland, beginning at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. For the more competitive runners, remember that the event is an official qualifier for Boston and New York (and that winter training involves many layers and extra motivation). Sunday, October 13. See website for start times and registration details. somersault.ca