WEST SIDE STORY WITH THE NAC ORCHESTRA
Movies with 3D visuals are so yesterday. How about one with 3D sound instead? Jayce Ogren conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s live accompaniment to the original vocals and dialogue of the digitally re-mastered film West Side Story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic musical. Thursday, January 17, to Saturday, January 19. From $22. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., www.nac-cna.ca.
RESOLUTION 2013: NEW WORKS FROM SAW VIDEO MEMBERS
Calling all film buffs: Ottawa’s homegrown talent in filmmaking will be showcased at the Arts Court Theatre this Friday thanks to SAW Video, a media arts community supporting local artists. The event features 10 short projects from a variety of genres, including documentary, experimental, animation, and comedy. Tickets available at The Manx Pub and SAW Video (613-238-7648). Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. $5. Arts Court Theatre (second floor), 2 Daly Ave., www.sawvideo.com.
THE HOME RENOVATIONS SHOW
Here’s something that will appeal to homeowners, potential buyers, and home and garden TV show junkies alike: the 12th annual Home Renovations Show brings together designers, renovators, and building experts and features hundreds of products and services for you to peruse. Plus, expect a different seminar every hour, on the hour, each held by one of nine different experts who will be there for the weekend. You can include the kids in the planning, too, because entry is free for those 17 and under. Friday, January 18, to Sunday, January 20. Advance online tickets $8, regular admission $12. Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., www.thehomerenovationsshow.com.
And now for something cheeky for a good cause: The Sexual Overtones promise an unforgettable “BRRR-lesque” show benefitting Families of Sisters in Spirit, the Venus Bursary Fund, Harmony House, and Pink Triangle. You’ll be tickled and titillated into the night as DJ Hobo and DJ Sweet Cheeks transition the evening into a post-show dance party. Come in costume for your chance to win a prize. Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m. $15. St. Brigid’s Centre, 314 St. Patrick St., www.sexualovertones.ca.
CANDLE-MAKING AT THE OSGOODE MUSEUM
Remember when the world was supposed to end? Thankfully, nothing happened, but it never hurts to be prepared with skills like candle making! The Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum, specializing in 19th century farming life in Osgoode Township, is offering an afternoon course in candle making for teens and adults. All materials are included in the entry fee, so feel free to let your imagination run wild. For information and reservations, call 613-821-4062. Saturday, January 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $25. Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum, 7814 Lawrence St., Vernon, www.osgoodemuseum.ca.
THE DUSTY OWL: LUNA ALLISON AND ERIN SAOIRSE ADAIR (FREE!)
This Sunday, local arts community The Dusty Owl brings together poet/playwright/spoken word artist Luna Allison, author of the 2011 Fringe Festival’s Falling Open, and singer/songwriter Erin Saoirse Adair, of local folk trio Three Little Birds, at Mugshots Bar (located in the old jailhouse). Both artists have a special interest in telling stories on stage, and the duo promises to be a powerful pairing. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m. Mugshots Bar, 75 Nicholas St., www.dustyowl.com.
THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA TOUR
Rock out with The Queen Extravaganza, the closest you can get to travelling back in time to see the iconic band in action. This is the official tribute show, produced by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and the product of a 2011 America-wide search for those musicians deemed worthy of bringing the music to a whole new audience. Having built up momentum with an American Idol appearance, they’re turning up the volume with another North American tour. It’ll be rhapsodic. Sunday, January 20, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., www.nac-cna.ca.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
In a zany, musical case of “ripped from the headlines,” Dave Dawson directs Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming’s off-Broadway pop-rock hit Bat Boy: The Musical at the Gladstone Theatre. The story, inspired by a story from the Weekly World News, follows the strange case of Edgar the Bat Boy, a half-boy, half-bat creature found in a cave, and his attempts to fit into society. On until Saturday, February 2. $39, $34 for seniors, and $23 for students and artists. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., www.thegladstone.ca.
ONTARIO ARTISTS TONY FOUHSE AND JAMELIE HASSAN (FREE!)
The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosts a pair of exhibits by local Ontario artists Tony Fouhse (of Ottawa) and Jamelie Hassan (of London). Each explores the interaction of the artist with society. Fouhse, in Live Through This, reveals recovering drug addict Stephanie MacDonald through collaborative portraits rather than candid shots, and includes bits of MacDonald’s own writing in the project. Hassan’s At the Far Edge of Words, curated by Melanie Townsend, spans approximately 40 years of work and uses a variety of media to address ideas such as language and identity. On until Sunday, March 17. St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., http://cuag.carleton.ca.