THE WEEKENDER: Salsa, slamming, and four more ways to fill the last weekend in March

THE WEEKENDER: Salsa, slamming, and four more ways to fill the last weekend in March

Local boy Daniel Bolshoy smolders (and plays classical guitar) at the Mayfair Theatre

You know what they say: if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it. Ottawa native, Daniel Bolshoy specializes in this style of music, and has toured the world with his classical guitar. He returns to us with the works of Agustin Barrios, Sergio Assad, Saintz De la Maza, and more. Hugely popular in the 18th century, Bolshoy is bringing back the classical guitar with dedication and fury. As a teacher at Concordia University in Montreal, as well as the new director of the Vancouver Symphony’s guitar program, Daniel only has time for the one show — don’t miss this rare opportunity. Sunday, March 27. 3:30 p.m. $25 at the door or at Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St.; show takes place across the street at Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.,

Spring is here, now let’s see it in your step! Put on your dancing shoes and cha-cha-cha your way to the Ottawa Arts Court where you can sharpen your skills (or learn the moves for the first time — beginners are welcome). With some of the best music to inspire you, you can “suelta” (dance solo) or grab a partner and enjoy this reemerging dance phenomenon. Saturday, March 26. 5 p.m. $5. Ottawa Arts Court, 2nd Floor, 2 Daly Ave.,

Cousin to the poetry slam, the storytelling slam features narrative stories of all kinds. Each performer has 5 minutes to tell a story (from memory!) and the judges that are plucked randomly from the audience will give a score to each fable they hear. The storyteller with the highest score wins the prize. But don’t feel bad for the other storytellers, because we all win when we are told a good tale. This week’s Featured Storyteller, Klyde Broox (who has decades of performance experience from all over the world), blends speech, song, dance and mime into a powerful package that is inspirational, entertaining, and intellectually provocative. Free admission for those brave enough to participate in the slam. Friday, March 25. 7 p.m. $7. Mercury Lounge Underground (a.k.a. Bar 56), 56 Byward Market. 613-789-5324.

Bebop and chamber music come together for an intimate evening of swinging tunes and sounds from three jazz masters — Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, And Charles Mingus performed by the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra’s unique chamber jazz ensemble. The 12-piece collective performs at the Glebe-St James United Church. 8 p.m. $25 (students $15). Available at the door only. 650 Lyon St. S.

It’s spring time, and you know what that means: spring cleaning! If your pad needs a little updating, inside or out, head to the Ottawa Home & Garden Show. This annual event draws hundreds of exhibitors in such areas as renovation, decor, and landscaping. And if you’re looking for environmentally friendly options you’re in luck — this year’s show features 20 ‘Hot and Green’ exhibitors that cover everything from dustless renovation to remote home-monitoring technology for optimal energy efficiency. Thursday, March 24 to Sunday, March 27. $12, $10 seniors and students, under 13 free. Tickets available online and at the door.  Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St.

The residents of a little Welsh town look quite ordinary, even frigid, to the unquestioning observer. However, in the privileged seat of the audience, you get to see behind the eyes and into the dreams of these small-town folk and watch them indulge the fantasies of their sleeping hour. In this Ottawa Theatre School production, you can hear their dreams — bright and bawdy and so full of life you’re a little bit embarrassed to be listening. The strong spring morning sun brings shopping and gossip, a pint and a joke, a tease and a cuddle. Dusk falls and the town tucks itself back into bed, ready for the saucy loves that fly again into their dreams every night in this Garden of Eden by the sea. Friday, March 25 to Saturday, March 26. 7:30 p.m. $20. Richcraft Theatre, 245 Centrum Theatre Blvd., 613-580-2700.

This weekend, go camping in Vanier with Lemonjellow. The intention of Camp Lemonjellow is to dethrone the serious and infuse some playfulness (and some delicious cheese) into your life. Julie LaPalme, the show’s curator explains, “we wanted to do a camp theme for this show. We are bringing together some provocative art that is totally tongue in cheek. It’s art that makes you look, think and chuckle.” While some of these art pieces are quirky and fun, others have dark undertones. The group show features the work of 11 local artists including Daniel Martelock, Chris Johnson, Maya Hum, and Justy, to name a few. Head down to the den to check out Julie LaPalme’s Boxed Barbies, a reflection of the artist’s observations of prostitutes in Holland who procured themselves in display windows. Saturday, March 26. to Sunday, March 27. 25 Charlevoix St., 613-796-7168.