WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 21—23
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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 21—23


Three and a half tons of rice will be used on stage in Songs of the Wanderers at the National Arts Centre this weekend (Photo: YU Hui-hung)

In this issue of the Weekender: Dancing with Rage, Ikebana at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

East Coast Firebrand
One of Canada’s brightest comedic luminaries, Mary Walsh, is coming to the Great Canadian Theatre Company for the start of spring. In Dancing With Rage the East Coast firebrand travels across the country as Marg Delahunty, her alter ego, in a quest for truth, justice, and her Expo ’67 lovechild. Co-directed by Walsh and Andy Jones, the play is a bit political, a bit of a rant, but all-around hilarious! The show will be playing from March 18 to April 6. Single ticket prices will vary with demand. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is located at 1233 Wellington St. W.

Arranging Spring
Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement, which combines humanity with nature, is the perfect thing to chase away winter blues and help bring on Spring. The 30th annual Ikebana exhibition is being held at the Canadian Museum of Nature from Thursday, March 20 to Sunday, March 23. If you would like to learn how it’s done, Ikebana artists from the Ottawa Chapter of Ikebana International will be giving demonstrations at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Access to Ikebana is included with the regular admission price of the museum: from $12. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St.

Constantines — Singular
Constantines fans — clear your schedules. Lead singer, Bry Webb, is playing a solo show at Zaphod’s on Friday, March 21! For the last few years, Webb has been working independently from the band, releasing his own album and collaborating with artists such as Feist, Sarah Harmer, and Jim Guthrie. Doors open at 8 p.m. Opening acts include Jennifer Castle and Jonathan Pearce. Tickets are $10. Zaphod’s is located at 27 York St.

Grains of Enlightenment
Songs of the Wanderers is a visually stunning and critically acclaimed paean to spiritual pilgrimage that’s been performed by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in over 20 countries. Choreographed by Lin Hwai-min, this masterpiece of dance-theatre consists of a blend of Eastern and Western dance styles set to soulful Georgian folksongs, and about three and a half tons of golden rice. They will be performing on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at the National Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40. The National Arts Centre is located at 53 Elgin St.

Moving Art
Gallery 101 celebrates their re-opening on Young Street in Little Italy with an exhibition featuring artists from H’Art of Ottawa and Arts Project of Australia — two not-for-profit organizations that give people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to make art. The exhibition will be one of many events between now and May put on by the gallery, the National Arts Centre, Guerilla Magazine, and others as part of a collaboration project called Turning the Page. The vernissage is on March 22 from 6 p.m. until midnight. The show is on until May 3. Gallery 101 is located at 51 B Young St.

New NQ Arbuckle
Hang onto your barstools, and raise your beer glasses, alt-country fans — Juno-nominated NQ Arbuckle releases their new album The Future Happens Anyway at The Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, March 22. Known for his quick wit and lyrically-focused style of music, frontman Neville Quinlan is notorious for calling fans up on stage to perform songs with the band, so be sure to brush up on classics such as Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean.” The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20. The Black Sheep Inn is located at 753 Riverside Dr. in Wakefield.

VHS Revival
Have you given away/sold your old VHS tapes? If so, highlights from your childhood dance recitals might just resurface at SAW Gallery on Tuesday, March 25. The Found Footage Festival showcases hidden gems from VHS tapes found at garage sales, thrift stores, and dumpsters all over North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher guide their audience through some of the best footage they’ve come across, occasionally providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates. Included among this cinematic treasure is a fitness montage featuring a Christmas-themed workout, and a martial arts regimen called “Tiger Moves.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. SAW Gallery is located at 67 Nicholas St.