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WEEKENDER: Muslims?! Plus artful shopping, mixed medium at Fall Down, an AIDS awareness doc, and a Christmas concert

By Anastasia Philopoulos

Small art with BIG heart (Free!)
Cube Gallery welcomes you to their ninth annual Christmas show, Great Big smalls IX. Indulge in Christmas cookies and a cup of cheer as you browse through the selection of original, small, and suitable for gifting. Featuring over 50 artists, both established and emerging, the show promises great gifts (to others and/or yourself) at every price range. Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 29. See website for hours. Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington Street W.

Photo by Asif Rehman
Photo by Asif Rehman

Muslims?! #4 (Free!)
Join photographer Asif Rehman for his newest exhibition exploring the label “Canadian Muslim.” Rehman seeks to break down the stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims, in order to better understand a title which at best defines only a part of a person’s identity. Friday, November 29 to Wednesday, January 8. See website for hours. Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

How to Survive the Plague (Free!)
In honor of World AIDS Day and as part of Ottawa’s AIDS Awareness Week, this Academy Award nominated documentary on AIDS activism in the ’80s and ’90s will be screened. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided and an informal discussion will follow. Check out other AIDS Awareness Week events on their calendar. Sunday, December 1. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles St.

Kalkidan Assefa creates
Kalkidan Assefa creates unique mixed media work. His exhibit, One, will be on view at Fall Down gallery this weekend.

One (Free!)
Ottawa-based mixed-media visual artist, Kalkidan Assefa, will launch his newest project, a solo exhibit entitled, One. The show will feature works from two series entitled, Arktypes and Distant Relatives. Both series draw on the spirit of interconnectedness, which characterizes Assefa’s universal outlook. Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1. See website for hours. Fall Down Gallery, 288 Bank Street.

Christmas with a Twist
Take a bit of the old fashioned classics, like Silver Bells, then add some more original works by the likes of Ola Gjeilo, and then maybe a dash of Leonard Cohen, and you’ve got yourself a Christmas concert to remember. The renowned Ewashko Singers will lull you into the Christmas spirit with their eclectic mix of holiday melodies. Joined by special guests Wallis Giunta and acoustic jazz group, the Pollcats. Sunday, December 1. 8 p.m. $30 adults/$25 students and seniors. Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.


Petit bonhomme en papier carbone
French Theatre presents this charming fable for young people (12+) about Étienne, a teenage boy who’s distorted world brings him to ask the questions every teenager wants to understand and avoid at the same time. Written, directed, and interpreted by Francis Monty, who tells this story in a unique and fresh way. Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30. 8 p.m. $19. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.