Heads Up

WEEKENDER: Comedians talk relationships, musicians pay homage to Nick Drake, and local opera star Armine Kassabian plays Cinderella

Ottawa's Armine Kassabian plays Cinderella in the rags to riches tale presented by Opera Lyra.

Opera Lyra Ottawa is staging an English adaptation of Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini. This English version of the famous story, which has captivated generations of people around the world, was adapted by opera and theatre director Ann Hodges and features the award-winning local sensation Armine Kassabian as Cinderella. Not only is Kassabian a recent graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, but also the winner of the Brian Law Opera Competition. See this shining star on the stage in O-town before she takes her talents to China next June with Montreal’s Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique. Friday, November 9, 9 p.m. Adults $25, kids $15, families $60. Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., www.operalyra.ca.

The Après Dark series is a set of live music events meant to expose up-and-coming local artists. These lounge-style shows give these artists a way to show off their talents at the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre, a venue with magnificent sound and atmosphere. Not only will those attending be treated to a night of top-quality spins from local sensation DJ Illo and emceeing and interviews by Kwende ‘Memetic’ Kefentse, but the performers get a chance to gain more experience playing their music in a unique space with the best equipment. Memetic will speak with DJ Illo about his life growing up in Orleans, his experiences becoming a DJ, and the process he goes through to create his music. Friday, November 9, doors at 8:30 p.m. $10. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., www.shenkmanarts.ca. (more…)