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WEEKENDER: The Best Man, a Dallaire documentary, Megan D’Arcy, plus more things to do and see

THE BEST MAN AT THE GCTC
This humorous Broadway favorite tackles morality and party politics in the race for a place on the ballot. The winner of the 15th annual Lawyer Play fundraiser, members of the city’s legal community volunteer to perform in the play. Plus, The Best Man features cameo appearances by real-life politicians Katherine Hobbs, Sheila Copps, Yasir Naqvi, and Mark Taylor. Since 1999, the Lawyer Play has raised money for GCCTC’s productions and, this year, for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. $100 (includes $50 tax receipt), preview May 8 $35. Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 11. 7:30 p.m. Great Canadian Theatre Company.  www.gctc.ca

FIGHT LIKE SOLDIERS, DIE LIKE CHILDREN AT THE MAYFAIR
The Ottawa premiere of a chilling documentary that follows General Roméo Dallaire as he returns to Africa on a mission to stop the use of child soldiers. Dallaire is widely known for his efforts during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and for his continued work to educate and mobilize people against mass atrocities. The documentary, which is based on Dallaire’s book, was an official selection at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival this year. $10, members $6, seniors $7. Friday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 15. See website for show times. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. www.mayfairtheatre.ca

OTTAWA FARMERS’ MARKET (FREE!)
This favourite market officially opened its Brewer Park location earlier this month — but now that spring has really sprung it’s on the top of our list for things to do. Stock up on kale, arugula, rhubarb, asparagus, and herbs. While most people were likely complaining about the lingering snow, Andy Terauds of Acorn Creek (and the vice President of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association) says, “winter was excellent with a continuous blanket of snow to protect crops like strawberries, rhubarb, garlic, and asparagus from the colder temperatures above.” Now it’s time to reap the rewards! Brewer Park location: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Centrum Plaza location: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Westboro location to open May 18).  www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca

MEGAN D’ARCY AT ORANGE GALLERY (FREE!)
Megan D’Arcy’s new exhibit, Inside Out, combines the graphics of interior decorating with the geometry of her signature cityscapes to produce clever, eye-catching works. The medium of acrylic paint, paper, photography, and resin continues the collage effect. Until May 19. Orange Gallery, 233 Armstrong St. www.orangeartgallery.ca

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE FILM FESTIVAL
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) partners with the countries of Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, and other Portuguese-speaking regions to present Cor-Acao, the second annual Portuguese language film festival. The word Cor-Acao means heart — and these productions certainly have passion. Check out the Mozambican political drama Último Voo do Flamingo (The Last Flight of the Flamingo), Angolan drama Por Aqui Tudo Bem (All Is Well), and many more. All films in Portuguese with English subtitles. See website for show times. $12, $8 for CFI members. Wednesday, May 8 to Friday, May 10.  National Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St. www.cfi-icf.ca