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WEEKENDER: Doors Open, graffiti questioned, videogames, native plants, and two more events to kick off June

This weekend you have the chance to explore some of Ottawa’s most interesting architectural hot spots. This year marks the 12th anniversary of Doors Open Ottawa. Over 100 buildings are participating, including a number of heritage sites, embassiess, museums, and churches. Some of the new participants this year include the Mayfair Theatre and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. See website for list of participating buildings and tour hours. www.ottawa.ca/doorsopen 

An image from Valerie Burton's exhibit Street Fare

Street Fare, a special exhibit of Valerie Burton’s photographic work, is a controversial artistic expression encompassing universal messages of social, political, and religious themes. Her work is unique in that she photographs post-graffiti paintings — from all over the world — with black and white film and then later alters them with paint and other techniques to create a new meaning. Galerie 240, 240 Guigues Ave. Thursday, May 30 to Friday, June 14. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. www.guild240.com

Do you play Call of Duty or StarCraft? If so, you’re going to want to be at Ottawa’s Got Game. All proceeds raised at this tournament go to Childs Play, a charitable foundation providing toys and videogames to hospitals around the world. This event is in conjunction with the Ottawa International Gaming Conference. Time to get competitive as the grand prize is worth an estimated $13,000. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Pkwy. Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m on Sunday, July 2. $60 to register and $13 general admission. www.ottawasgotgame.eventbrite.ca/# (more…)