Mystery! History! Drama! Romance! Ottawa native Lawrence Aronovitch applied his background in science and tremendous talent as a playwright to this must-see play about women’s contributions to science. Highlighting the hardships, heartbreaks, and hard-won achievements of female scientists, The Ottawa Theatre School and Plosive Productions bring science and sisterhood to the stage in the world premiere of False Assumptions. $20. Tuesday, March 26 to Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., www.thegladstone.ca.
13th OTTAWA THEATRE CHALLENGE
Want to be entertained? Put all your eggs in one basket and head over to the NAC’s Fourth Stage. Watch as Ottawa’s theatre companies duke it out in the hopes of taking home the coveted grand prize: The Rubber Chicken Award. The catch? Each theatre group must write, rehearse, and produce a brand new piece of theatre from objects of inspiration provided to them by the other competitors — oh, and they only have 48 hours. Some feathers may be ruffled, but everyone leaves feeling good knowing that all proceeds go to the ALS Society of Canada. From $20. Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., www.fools.ca.
EASTER ON THE FARM
Spring is finally here (sort of), and the Agriculture Museum has come to life! As the barns start stirring with newborn creatures, your little animal lover will be psyched to check out these adorable animals. Visit with these fluffy chicks, furry rabbits, and wooly lambs and learn what make them so special on the farm. When you’re done, wash up and try your hand at making Easter breads. $9, students and seniors $7, children (three to 12) $6, children two and under free. Friday, March 29, to Monday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canada Agriculture Museum, 901 Prince of Wales Dr., www.agriculture.technomuses.ca.
Known for their ethereal sound, the ambient Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós and an 11-piece band will be delivering hopeful harmony to the Scotiabank Place. Each ticket purchased receives a digital copy of a three-track EP, containing new and unreleased music. With a whole new album set to drop in June, this lucky audience is guaranteed an early listen. From $51. Friday, March 29, 8 p.m. Scotiabank Place, 1000 Palladium Dr., www.scotiabankplace.com.
CHILDREN’S EASTER YOGA
Join Jamie Reardon for a morning of asanas and Easter activities! An active egg hunt and a creative craft session will ensure that the entire clutch of young chicks leave feeling hoppy — er, happy.$12. Saturday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PranaShanti Yoga Centre, 52 Armstrong St., www.pranashanti.com.
BERDY ELEGANCE FASHION SHOW
Gents, do you need to suit up this spring? Berdy Elegance Tailoring brings their custom suits and shirts to the Ottawa Convention Centre for a Spring 2013 Fashion Show (there will also be a pre-show VIP cocktail where you can schmooze). More than 100 fabric swatches and catalogs will be displayed on site to tie your look together. From $40. Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., www.berdyelegance.eventbrite.com.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN BLUES (FREE!)
Blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, and RL Burnside may be gone, but they will not be forgotten. Especially now that Planet Ink’s Ricky Levitsky III has revived their memory through his expressive display of portrait art exhibited at Antique Skate Shop. A week after its first birthday, Antique keeps the party going with beer on site, Chef Cajun Man serving up snacks, and DJ Gorgeous George dropping the rhythm. Saturday, March 30, 7 p.m. Antique Skate Shop, 9 Florence St., see Facebook event page here.
This Easter weekend, celebrate life and music with The Lionyls. This new sizzling four-piece rock and soul band boasts original music inspired by Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, and even Sam Cooke. The band collectively believes that music evokes movement, change, and unity and is coming together with cover band The Midnight Strummers to prove it. $6. Saturday, March 30, 9 p.m. The Brass Monkey, 250 Greenbank Rd., www.thelionyls.com.
ART FOR AUTISM
Has the Easter long weekend worn you down? Grab a cup of Joe from locally owned and operated coffee shop Hava Java as they give back to the community. Peruse and purchase art, music, and crafts that have been donated by local musicians, artists, and artisans. All proceeds from the event go to QuickStart Early Intervention for Autism. Sunday, March 31, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hava Java, 279 Elgin St., www.eventbrite.ca.