What Lies Beneath FREE!
Retinal tears in both her eyes resulted in the inability of being able to work with the harsh light emitted from a computer screen — as such, Montreal-born/Gatineau artist, Ginette Daigneault, was forced to abandon her work in digital media. Instead, she returns to the classic medium of painting, with her latest work representing that transition — one that she describes as a “profound reawakening in an interest for the materiality of creation research.” Her new works, done primarily with her hands, “investigate painting as an extension of the body,” and the layers of paint applied to the canvas as a sort of epidermal skin. Her largely abstract works contain signs, symbols, and other messages (as when copiers would include watermarks, hidden texts, etc.) placed among layers of paint, and, as such, they exist in a state somewhere between appearance and disappearance. Ginette Daigneault /Espaces Improbables will be on display from Thursday, July 3 to Wednesday, July 16 at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. The vernissage on Thursday is from 5 to 8 p.m.
48 Hour Film Project FREE!
This year marks the first time the international film competition, The 48 Hour Film Project, is coming to Ottawa. On Friday, July 5, participating filmmaking teams will draw genres from a hat, and assigned several common filmmaking elements — a prop, character, and a line of dialogue, which they must incorporate into their 4-7 minute-long film created over the span of 48 hours. The kickoff event at SAW Gallery will only be an hour — 6-7 p.m. — so Friday’s event will be like watching race teams assemble and then sprint from the starting line. Still, it is open to the public for spectators. But the main event will be on Saturday, July 19 when their films will be screened at the Mayfair Theatre from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission will be $20. Awards will be handed out later that evening at 7 p.m. Winners of the Ottawa competition will be shown at a larger event — Filmapalooza — where the top 10 films in that screening will be shown at next year’s Cannes. For the past 15 years, the project has been screening amateur and indie films from around the world and Ottawa is being included for the first time.
Glengarry Glen Ross
“Lie. Cheat. Steal. All in a day’s work.” Or how about, “A story for everyone who works for a living?” Either tagline could best sum up the famous David Mamet‘s famous play, Glengarry Glen Ross. Set in a 1983’s Chicago sales office, this dark comedy is about a group of ruthless and desperate salesmen who lie, cheat, and ruin each other’s lives in order to win a car — but ultimately their job. Considered once a modern take on the death of the American salesman, but also a semi-autobiographical account of Mamet’s own experiences, the play, directed by Geoff Gruson, runs at The Gladstone until Saturday, July 5, with nightly shows at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Of special note: after the performances on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, the theatre will be transformed into a night club, with the possibility of karoke, DJ, or live band. If you’ve watched the show, entrance to the after party is free; $10 for those who just want to party.
Hintonburg Brew Park (sort of FREE!)
It’s been hot and nothing cools down summer fever like a cold one — especially if it’s a local brew quaffed in a park — something we all do, secretly, but this Saturday, July 5 at the Hintonburg Brewery Market you can do it legally. On offer will be a selection of home-grown beers (too many to list here), and snacks from Absinthe and Murray Street restos. Free admission, and it takes place rain or shine. This is a family-friendly event, so bring some chairs, games, blankets, sun-screen, and — especially — a thirst, and come on down to the Hintonburg Park (corner of Fairmont Ave. and Duhamel St.) between noon and 8 p.m.
Viet Cong in Ottawa
Ottawa’s biggest music festival of the season is underway this weekend, which means most music venues around town are pretty quiet. But not every band/musician has been sucked into the Bluesfest vortex swirling around LeBreton Flats. On Sunday, July 6, the Viet Cong, a Calgarian band made up members from members from the now-defunct band, Women, as well as from Chad VanGaalen’s backing band (VanGaalen’s playing in Ottawa on Aug. 23!) will play an intimate show at Raw Sugar Cafe. Drawing from post-punk, 80’s new wave that, at times, hints at UK’s Joy Division, The Chameleons, or perhaps, more semi-recently and closer to home, Edmonton’s The Floor, and combine that with a lo-fi garage aesthetic and occasional drone, and it comes close to nailing down the foursome’s sound. In spite of only having available a few tracks so far, Viet Cong shows huge promise (a full-length is in the works), which makes this intimate opportunity to hear them early in their development — live — a unique opportunity. Show’s at 8:30 p.m., $10.
An Afternoon with Dan Aykroyd
For many, Dan Aykroyd is typically associated with his roles as either one half of the Blues Bros., or as Dr. Raymond Stantz in Ghostbusters, or maybe even his stint on early SNL (for me, it’s as an assassin in Gross Point Blank) — but rarely do people mention his name in connection with Driving Miss Daisy (1989) — Aykroyd played Daisy’s son, Boolie Werthan. The Ottawa Little Theatre is putting on a stage version of the film this summer (July 8 -26), and to kick things off, Aykroyd’s coming to the theatre on Sunday, July 6 for a sort of Inside The Actor’s Studio session — he’ll be on stage talking with CBC’s Alan Neal (All In A Day) about his role in that film, as well his other experiences as an actor. Only a handful of tickets remain, so act fast! An Afternoon with Dan Aykroyd starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60.