WEEKENDER: Urban Powwow, Portraits of Bluesfest, a Hotbox cookout, plus more ways to enjoy the last weekend of summer
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WEEKENDER: Urban Powwow, Portraits of Bluesfest, a Hotbox cookout, plus more ways to enjoy the last weekend of summer

Join Aboriginal DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red, as they host an electronic powwow at the Museum of Civilization. Known for spinning historical powwows with the electronic beats of today, A Tribe Called Red (consisting of members DJ Shub, DJ NDN, and Bear Witness) are a group gaining a lot of momentum within the music world — their debut album in 2012 was named as one of the year’s top ten albums by The Washington Post. Their performance is part of the “Indigenous and Urban” showcase of Aboriginal artists taking place throughout the city up until September 2. $10. Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8:30p.m. Museum of Civilization. www.civilization.ca

"Equipment," by Eryn O'Neill. For Portraits of Bluesfest 5, to be held Aug. 29 at Patrick Gordon Framing in Ottawa. "Buy now" price $600.

Let’s hope you weren’t doing anything too embarrassing while rocking out at Bluesfest … it may very well have been caught on camera! Images from this year’s festival are on display and up for silent auction this Thursday at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio. All proceeds go to Blues in the Schools, a charity that brings professional musicians to schools. $5. Thursdsay, Aug. 29 from 7p.m. to 9p.m., Patrick Gordon Framing Studio, 160 Elm St. www.patrickgordonframing.ca


Come out and support Ottawa’s local artistic scene! The third annual Hotbox fundraiser for SAW Video Media Art Centre is taking place in the SAW Courtyard for an end-of-summer barbecue. DJs will provide the soundtrack while you enjoy a choice selection of food including veggie kebabs, sausages from Luciano’s, and Pascale’s ice cream, to name a few. Take part in a not-so-PG game of bingo hosted by China Doll, and end the night with a Music Video Dance Party. Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6p.m. to 1a.m., SAW Courtyard, 67 Nicholas St. www.sawvideo.com/event/hotbox-2013

This Saturday, Mercury Lounge in association with SamCo Productions, is hosting Rhyme Time, a series featuring up-and-coming rap artists and spoken word poets. Featured artists on the bill are Sumo, Shaun “Sully” Sullivan, DMP (Daniel Mark Patterson), Eddie Quotez, Alex Silas, Poetic Elements, Dirrty Dev, and TheNamesMillen. The event promises a night of “epic rhythm, solid beats, and in-your-face social commentary.” Saturday, Aug. 31 from 6:30p.m. to 10:30p.m., Mercury Lounge, 56 ByWard Market Square. www.mercurylounge.com

Live from Ottawa, it’s Saturday night! Saturday nights at Arts Court Studio sees the Ottawa improv team, Crush, take centre stage. Not only do they put on a spectacular comedy show, they also offer extensive workshops throughout the summer; classes range from the fundamentals of improv to sketch comedy writing. You’ll be so confident in your new acting chops, you may feel like auditioning for Mr. Lorne Michaels himself. $10. Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10p.m., Arts Court Studio, 2 Daly Ave. mysummercrush.myshopify.com

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the Star Wars: Identities exhibition landed in the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. It was so popular with tourists and residents alike, it decided to extend its stay until October 14. Make your way through the exhibit all the while immersing yourself in the ways of the Jedi, creating your own Star Wars character. Maybe your kids will exercise those Jedi mind tricks later (“these are not the veggies you’re looking for…”) Until Monday, Oct. 14. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, 11 Aviation Parkway. See website for ticket information. aviation.technomuses.ca

~ Meaghan Crowley