By AMY ALLEN
Art in the Alley (FREE)
Browse some art en plein air at Art in the Alley, an outdoor exhibition of local artists. The show features the art of AliCat owner Alison Fowler — who paints striking landscapes and florals — as well as that of Andrew King, painter Ross Rheaume, photographer Jason Fournier, and Dave Merritt. The show is on in the alleyway next to AliCat Art Studio in Wellington West from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14. Admission is free. For more info, visit here.
AliCat Art Studio is at 1395B Wellington St. W.
Bruce McCulloch: Young Drunk Punk
Bruce McCulloch is perhaps best known as a member of Canada’s beloved comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. In his solo stand-up act, he regales with stories from his youth, covering his pyjama pants-wearing teenage years in Calgary, his flannel-clad adult years in Toronto, and his adventures in fatherhood in the Hollywood Hills. Catch him at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Tickets are $30.
The National Arts Centre is at 53 Elgin St.
Just For Cats Film Festival (FREE)
Love cats? You’re not alone. Over the years, the Internet has gone wild for the perpetually disdainful Grumpy Cat, the box-obsessed Maru, squishy-faced Lil Bub — even Nyan Cat, the animated feline with a Pop Tart for a body who’s famous for flying through space on a rainbow. Just For Cats harnesses this phenomenon for a good cause. The main event is a compilation of the Internet’s best cat videos, but there are also workshops, lectures, a silent auction, and exhibitors to check out. The festival is on at the Lansdowne Park Horticulture Building on Saturday, June 13 from 10am to 6pm. Admission to the festival is free, but tickets for the video screenings are $10 in advance and $15 on site. Proceeds support the Canadian Federation of Human Societies and the Ottawa Humane Society. For more info, visit here.
The Horticulture Building is at 1015 Bank St.
Summer is here, which means your backyard could probably use an “Alderaandack” chair — that is, a chair crafted in Darth Vader’s likeness. You can find one at Handmade Harvest’s ManMade, a craft show that puts Ottawa’s male artisans in the limelight. Besides pop culture lawn furniture, you’ll also find graphic t-shirts, bow-ties, recycled vintage radios, cocktail mixes, ice cream, and much more. And since the event is taking place at Mill St. Brew Pub, there will also be free beer samples! Who doesn’t love that? The show is on from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, June 14. Admission is $5. For more info, visit here.
Mill St. Brew Pub is at 555 Wellington St.