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WEEKENDER: Lots to ghoul on Halloween Weekend


Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me
A still image from the Twin Peak’s film Fire Walk With Me, courtesy of New Line Cinema

Twin Peaks Art Show FREE
It’s 25 years later. Dale Cooper is old, sitting inside the Black Lodge, confusedly watching a dancing midget and a backwards-speaking Laura Palmer.
After years of rumors, it was recently announced that Twin Peaks, which first aired in 1990, will return in 2016. For anyone counting, 25 years later is 2015 not 2016, but it’s close enough (poor Dale will be trapped in the Black Lodge for one more year).
Perhaps connected to this much-anticipated (by fans) news, there’s a Twin Peaks-themed art show this Thursday, Oct. 30 at Victoire — that’s the clothing shop on Wellington St. W. Fifteen local artists are participating in the show, plus expect cherry pie (“Where pies go when they die”) and coffee (“Black as midnight on a moonless night”) and the odd fan — I’m guessing — dressed up as their favourite character. It’s a free event, from 7 to 11 p.m. This is an event that is part of Support Local Month.
Victoire is at 1282 Wellington St. W.

1950s-60s Ottawa Films FREE
You’ve heard him on CBC’s Ottawa Morning doing film reviews; maybe you’ve even attended a Canadian Film Institute screening at the Library & Archives — local film buff, reviewer, and director at the CFI, Tom McSorely will be hosting a special film presentation of groundbreaking filmmakers, such as Norman Maclaren, between the 1950-60s. This free event is in connection with the Ottawa Art Gallery’s latest exhibit: Alma: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan (1917–2004). The screenings will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30 at SAW Gallery  starting at 8 p.m.
SAW Gallery is at Arts Court at 67 Nicholas St.

Enriched Bread Artists’ co-op on 951 Gladstone, in the former Standard Bread Co.’s factory (1924). The co-op is opening its doors — from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9. Photo: Danny Hussey

Enriched Bread Artists Annual Open Studio FREE
Bread is art — few would disagree, given the patience, the skill, and the artistry that goes into creating a great loaf. Enriched Bread Artist Cindy Stelmackowich  noted this in an essay she wrote in 1995, making the connection between the building she was creating art in and its past as a bread factory:
“Much can be said about the similarities between bread and art. The art market has always been volatile to changes in the economy. As well, art, like bread, sustains and stimulates society.”
For 22 years, artists have transformed the former Standard Bread Co.’s factory on Gladstone — which began manufacturing bread in 1924 — into the city’s biggest artist studio co-op in Ottawa. This week, EBA throws its doors open for its annual Studio visit, which allows the public to step inside the old factory and converse with artists about their work. Opening night will be Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m., and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9. Visitors are allowed on Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a full list of the artists, visit their site here.
EBA is at 951 Gladstone Ave.

Superstar DJ
“I like to move it, move it, I like to… move it” (repeat ad nauseaum) — That 1993 club track has been featured countless times in pop culture, and danced to by a cute furry animal on at least one occasion. Behind that smash hit — Erick Morillio. The superstar New York DJ is playing in Gatineau on Halloween Night (Friday, Oct. 31) for the opening of Casino du Lac Leamy’s new nightclub, Alea. Tickets are $16 at the door. Morillio’s set will be followed on Saturday, Nov. 15 by legendary house DJ Bob Sinclar. This is a “neatly dressed” kind of place — which makes me shed a tear for those early halcyon days of the late 90s when the vibe was much more of a ‘come-as-you-are/dance-your-guts-out’ kind of time.

(A not-at-all-encompassing) Halloween Round Up

Zombie Strippers
Where: Babylon
When: Thursday, Oct. 30
Expect: Undead defrocking themselves — naturally — care of Rockalily Burlesque.
Music: Stripper music, i.e. “oomcha-oomcha-oomcha”
Cost: $12

Annual Halloween Charity Ball
Where: Barrymore’s
When: Friday, Oct. 31
Expect: The “biggest Halloween party for the past 15 years,” i.e., prizes, costumes, hordes of ghouls.
Music: Top 40, from the 80s & 90s.
Cost: $25 at door

Ottawa’s Great Pumpkin Charity Ball
Where: St. Bridgid’s Haunted Castle (310 St. Patrick St.)
When: Saturday, Nov. 1
Expect: Two floors of ghoulish fun including a disco dungeon and crypt lounge, DJs, live music, costumes, prizes, etc.
Cost: $40