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Thursday, June 9

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I do imagine the dancers saying “Wheeeeeeee!”


The people throwing themselves off buildings today on George Street are going to be O.K., as they are from the crowd-stopping aerial dance troupe Aeriosa, performing in one of two free, outdoor shows as part of the Canada Dance Festival in the ByWard market, from 11:30 a.m.. The other is young, all-woman and irreverent dance troupe La Grande Fente, that performs with just a hint of satire, who will be moving around the market to perform seven different times after 11;30 am. (They then perform Friday at La Nouvelle Scène.) canadadance.ca

Shopify is getting punny, and launching a pop-up shop called Shopi-FLY over two days at the Ottawa airport today, offering products from Canadian entrepreneurs as foil to the typical fare (donair spice, anyone?). They’ll also be handing out information on starting start-ups, giving much needed advice to the trapped, ‘yet-another-business-trip-I-hate-my-job’ crowd, starting at the ridiculously-early 4:30 a.m. (that’s what their release says) to 10 p.m., including tomorrow. www.shopify.ca

Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery throws its 20th Le pARTy, what may seem a quiet silent auction on the surface but is really the key event of the year for those in the art world, where ticket holders enter bidding wars for works by 65 area artists, while eating delicious food by top chefs (Fauna, Sidedoor, Town) and sipping delightful libations, 9 p.m., Ottawa Art Gallery 2 Daly Ave. Tickets: $85 includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, $150/art lovers also includes art lovers reception at 5 p.m., early bidding and buy-it-now option. ottawartgallery.ca


Be still my punk heart. CJ Ramone (yes, of The Ramones), is in town and will be performing live with his new band, and a new album. Though he is not an original member (they’re all dead), the man previously known as Christopher Joseph Ward played with the seminal group from 1989 to 1996 and has the right to play their songs, which he will, 9 p.m., House of Targ. Tickets: $16+. www.houseoftarg.com


Aussie electronic music producer What So Not, project of Emoh Instead (aka Chris Emerson), is now flying solo after Flume decided to pursue his solo work in 2015 to great acclaim. But don’t be sad, Emerson is holding his own, with his acclaimed dubstep EP Gemini, featuring fellow EDM producer George Maple. Also, there are hints a new EP will be dropped soon, 10 p.m., Ritual. Tickets: $25. http://ticketf.ly/1UN25fg

Photos: What to do this week


Wondering what to do this week? We have some ideas.

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    Roar! There are new, Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Museum of Nature. (New as in old, but new to the museum.) ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM / supplied

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    See a free screening of Roman Holiday outdoors as part of Italian Week celebrations.

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    Emma Zhu and her teddy bear 'Little Yellow' at B.A.S.H. (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) tent at 32nd annual CHEO Teddy Bears' Picnic at Rideau Hall on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The teddy bear surgeons are back again this year. James Park / Ottawa Citizen

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    Allium will be bringing its famous Banoffee Pie to Dessertfest.

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    The Medieval Festival is on June 11 and 12 — and we imagine those knights will be a bit warm.

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    Deadly Skies at the War Museum is an exhibit exploring World War One air combat using graphic novel styling.

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    Street bike races are back on the final day of Italian week, falling on Father's Day. Suzanne Bird / Postmedia Network

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    Enjoy fried squid again at AsianFest's NIght Market at Lansdowne Park.

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    2 for Tea is a comedic play about two Englishmen (really Canadians, though they often continue in character throughout the festivals) premiering in Ottawa at the Fringe Fest. Thaddeus Hink / supplied

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    Help local sheltered and soup kitchens by planting some potatoes this week. BASF / AFP/Getty Images

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    Lana Schwarcz tackles her breast cancer diagnosis in a new, much-anticipated autobiographical show at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. COLIN PAGE / supplied

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    What So Not Aussie dubstep music producer is in town.

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    Ecology Ottawa needs some help planting trees in Beauclaire Park.

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    Young, modern dance troup Le Grand Fente perform a pop up show in the market on Thursday, and then a full performance on Friday at La Nouvelle Scene, part of the Canada Dance Festival.

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    CJ Ramone, of THE RAMONES, plays House of Targ.

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    There will be Italian cars of all sizes and eras on Preston Street as part of Italian Week's last days of festivities this year. Jeff Bassett / Postmedia Network

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    Urban Legends POetry Collective is slamming to raise funds to head to the national competition in October.

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    Kanata Race Day is really for the entire family.

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    M0851 and other ByWard Market stores will be flying yellow balloons if dogs are welcome at the Barket event.

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    Canadian TV host and producer David Rocco is making an appearance at Italian Week. VALERY HACHE / AFP/Getty Images

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    The Weber Brothers play this Friday.

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    Louis Prima Jr. brings the mambo Italiano to Preston Street.

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    Chantal Kreviazuk performs a song off her yet-to-be-released album at the Governer General's Gala.

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    Mumford and Sons play Ottawa for the first time on Sunday.

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    It's a day party for the entire family with DJ Pedro Dias at Arts Court.

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    Angry parents are the worst, as we learn in the God of Carnage, on at OLT . Greg Cornford / supplied/ OLT

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    There's an antique car show for Dad to enjoy on Father's Day at Billings Bridge Historic Estate.

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    Cop movie Wounded Land is at the Israel Film Festival on Father's Day..

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    Art in the Alley is part exhibit, part night party.

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    The popular bubble waffles will also be back at the expanded AsianFest Night Market.

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    Keir Cutler performs his Shakespeare Crackpot show at Ottawa Fringe Festival.

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    Best Picture is a run through the entirety of Academy Award-winning pictures, on stage, with impressions, and within an hour, at Ottawa Fringe Festival.

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    Towanda play the opening night of Ottawa Explosion Weekend of indie music.
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Tuesday, June 14



Networking for Nerds gives you a chance to hang with other coders, engineers, scientists, artists and the like. But this time, have your mind read by mentalist Jaymes White and get a preview of Escape Manor’s new rooms (they will not be in-play as part of this event, but can be booked), 6 to 10 p.m., 982 Wellington St. W. Tickets: $14 in advance, $20 at the door. http://bit.ly/1rc0HHU

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Angry parents are the worst, as we learn in the God of Carnage, on at OLT .


If children are awful, parents are worse, as anyone who has been on a PTA knows, and this is reflected in the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage (which became the Polanski film Carnage starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet). In it, two sets of parents come together to discuss a playground fracas involving their kids, and their own behaviour begins to deteriorate in this dark dramedy about the fine lines of civil society, on until June 25, Ottawa Little Theatre. Tickets: $12-$25. ottawalittletheatre.com

Wednesday, June 15

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Towanda play the opening night of Ottawa Explosion Weekend of indie music.


The five-day, Ottawa Explosion Weekend of indie music (“Weekend is a state of mind, man.”) starts tonight with eight bands, including garage rockers The Yips, film-noire rock from Gatineau Scattered Clouds, pop-punk from Old and Weird and Towanda. All of these opening shows are at Club Saw, but there are seven venues, busiest on Saturday with 35 (!!) bands playing — also when the festival is offering free, two-hour child care. Tickets: $80/pass. ottawaexplosion.com

Meanwhile, popular alt-folk band Amos the Transparent are playing the city’s newest musical venue at the Ottawa Lawn and Tennis Club, who are hosting monthly musical nights in their intimate, 100-seat space — with outdoor verandah. Singer-songwriters take note: organizers are still looking for someone to take their September spot (contact enid4now@gmail.com). Tickets: $25 at the door.

There’s something for all level of gardener today: Beginners can learn about organic vegetable gardening with David Kings (Cumberland library branch, 7:15 p.m. free but register at http://bit.ly/1VWPTuX); or learn more about dealing with the pesky wild parsnip with the Pakenham Horticulture Club (7 p.m., St. Andrew United Church); and experienced gardeners can quiz the landscape architect of the Oman Botanic Garden, that will be the first to showcase the entire flora of one country in habitat settings (7 p.m., Agriculture and Food Museum. Free).

Thursday, June 16

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Interestingly, Napoleon preferred to wear the uniform of a colonel in the Light Cavalry of the Imperial Guard. For everyday wear, a plainer one than those available to him, as shown in this 1809 portrait by Robert Lefevre.


Paris affected Napoleon as much as he affected the city, in his bid to shape it into the capital of Europe, according to a new exhibit opening today at the Museum of History. The exhibit, jointly produced by the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, Paris Musées, uses personal objets, furniture and art to show insight into the emperor’s inner-circle and the artisans of his time. On until Jan. 8. historymuseum.ca

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Canadian TV host and producer David Rocco cooking for Italian Week.


Another Italian, bestselling cookbook author and celebrity chef David Rocco is hosting a very exclusive evening of food, starting with a cooking demonstration, then a meal and wine pairing designed by Rocco himself, and a book signing, 6 to 10 p.m., Divino Wine Studio, 225 Preston St. Tickets: $300 (boh!?!), and we are told includes a special gift … of gold? www.italianweekottawa.ca

Nadia Bozak, another writer but this time of fiction, and also professor of English at Carleton, is launching her book Thirteen Shells tonight, even though we reviewed it last month. This book tells the funny and poignant story of the life experiences of Shell, a precocious child of hippie parents, who we first meet at age five and then at a different age in each chapter, until she is ready to head off to university, 7 p.m., Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave. octopusbooks.ca.

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Lana Schwarcz tackles her breast cancer diagnosis in a new, much-anticipated autobiographical show at the Ottawa Fringe Festival.


The Ottawa Fringe Festival opens tonight , and our picks for today include Lovely Lady Lump by award-winning comedian and puppeteer Lana Schwarcz (she trained with Jim Henson), who this time turns her comic touch to her breast cancer diagnosis (9 p.m., Arts Court); the return of infectious academic Keir Cutler who this time lectures his Shakespeare Crackpot theory: that Shakespeare wrote none of his plays (6:30 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne); also Best Picture, in which three comedians take on every single Oscar-winning best picture — that’s every single one, with impressions, (10 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne).

Other notable pieces to see this year include 2 For Tea, a comedy ostensibly by two Englishmen (they’re actually Canadian, though do come from British Columbia) that is premiering here but has won numerous prizes at other festivals, and Laser Kiwi, a collection of circus and comedy pieces that did not make it into the performers’ other shows— or, much like the Laser Kiwi flag for New Zealand that garnered much popularity, their “best worst ideas.” ottawafringe.com

Friday, June 17

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Jackie Xu BBQ’s cooks chicken skewers at the first ever Ottawa Night Market at Lansdowne Park last year. This time, the market has more room and more chefs — and hopefully better weather.


Judicious decision will have to be made as there is much to choose from tonight.

The 2nd Asian Night Market is on at Lansdowne Park, moving this time to the great lawn so there will be more room for twice as many chefs from Ottawa and Toronto and more visitors, which is good because it was packed last year. The favourite Asian delights are back, like bubble waffles and squid on a stick, but now with a beer tent, 5 pm. to midnight, then Saturday from noon to midnight, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission; Free. www.ottawaasianfest.com


Glow Fair starts tonight, covering 10 city blocks along Bank Street downtown with outrageous fun and music, including performances by electro-pop band Fevers (7:45 p.m.), synthpop Young Galaxy (8:30 p.m.) and genre-demolishing, electro, hip hop, dance group Keys N Krates (9:30 p.m.). The LED-lit Enchanted Forest is back (Somerset to Maclaren), as is the Kid Zone with mural painting, buskers and puppets (Nepean to Lisgar), Art Chaos brings local artists and you together to create (Gilmour to James), and there’s yoga, belly dancing, bowling and aerial silks at the Glowfit block (Cooper to Somerset), and the new Legacy block looks at Ottawa’s past (Gloucester to Nepean). So much to do and it continues on Saturday — including a performance by electro-pop group Dragonette. glowfairfestival.ca

Let’s hope it does not rain: Art in the Alley brings artists Alison Fowler, Ross Rheaume, Andrew King and Jason Fournier will be exhibiting their new works in the alley of 1395 Wellington St W. with a sort of off-street party, from 7 p.m. Exhibit continues outdoors until Sunday. facebook.com

Burlesque goes just a little off-piste at the Kinky Kabaret show, featuring performances by the newly-crowned Ms. National Capital Leather Pride, Holly Sin, members of Twisted Knickers, Maggie Sue Sin, Don Jovi and more, presented by the Shade Nyx Theatre of the Macabre, 10 pm., House of Targ. Tickets: $10. www.houseoftarg.com


For those wanting just music: tight rock group The Weber Brothers will be joined by the Fathers of Modern Rocketry at Irene’s Pub ($10), one of my favourites, the Mehdi Cayenne Club is back from Paris to play their quirky, funky experimental pop at The Black Sheep Inn ($10), and there’s a free, pop-rock concert in Cornwall, with The Balconies and Rebelle on the bill (Lola’s Pub and Grub, 9 p.m.).

Saturday, June 18

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Teddy bears will be diagnosed, healed and even have their teeth cleaned at the B.A.S.H. tent (Bear Ambulatory Surgical Hospital) at Rideau Hall today.


The stuffed-toy surgeons will be doing emergency surgery all day at the CHEO Teddy Bears’ Picnic, the very popular annual fundraiser for the hospital at Rideau Hall. Worried family members may drop off their patients from 8 am., then enjoy a pancake breakfast until 10 a.m.($3), followed by games, rides and live entertainment, until 3 p.m. (NB: there are shuttle buses leaving the NRC and Baseball stadium parking lots regularly from 7 am.. to 2 p.m.)


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The styling cars will be out on Preston Street for this final weekend of Italian Week.


Meanwhile, Preston Street will be closed to traffic from Pamilla to Poplar streets so some fine Italian vehicles — brawny Ferraris to cute Isettas — can model without fear of getting dinged, as part of Italian Week’s final celebrations. There are also activities for kids, including an Italian-themed bouncy park and games, circus and juggling acts from noon to 8 p.m. Plus, son of the famous crooner, Louis Prima Jr. brings the Mambo Italiano to the big tent. Cost: Free admission, the delicious cannolis, gelato and cappuccinos are extra. www.italianweekottawa.ca

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Carivibe brings much-needed colour to Ottawa.


Caribbean culture and colour is taking over Petrie Island for Carivibe, with a new all-ages/teen section with its own music stage and water section, plus kiddies carnival, rum shack and food festival, with performances by Barbadian soca artist Hypasounds and Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer Sanchez, rain or shine from noon to 9 p.m. Beach attire or spectacular costumes recommended. Tickets: $15 in advance, $25 at the gate, free for children 12 years and under. bit.ly/1WFhvF2

Across town, the Westboro Beach is also having an event, celebrating its opening with a community barbecue, followed by a bonfire with marshmallows, 4 to 10:30 p.m.

There’s also an Urban Picnic Craft Pop-up show, a curated selection of the 50 “best modern makers” from the area, hosted by Freewheeling Curator, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Ave. Plus, the makers are selecting some items just for Dad (it’s Father’s Day tomorrow), and there will be a picnic area to enjoy the yummy lunches available. Admission: $5.

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A youngster in traditional regalia wanders about at the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival at Vincent Massey Park on Saturday.


Everyone is invited to the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival and Competition Pow Wow, where this year Inuit culture will be highlighted with an Arctic Summer art pavilion, workshops, and performance by the “ministers of cuteness,” throat singers Tarniriik. The impressive grand entry to the Pow Wow begins at noon, then enjoy the elder storytelling, pow wow competition, fire hoop dancing, delicious cultural foods, and a night time concert from DJ Shub at 9:15 p.m. Events continue all weekend. Admission: free, with paid parking. www.ottawasummersolstice.ca

There are two book events today: the Ottawa small press book fair celebrates the independent publisher of all types, from noon to 5 p.m., Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane), while the Books for Blooms Sale is a fundraising two-day used book event to benefit the Friends of the Experimental Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bldg 72, Experimental Farm (friendsofthefarm.ca).

There are only 100 tickets to spend an intimate, musical and storytelling evening with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, part of fundraising efforts for the Brothers and Sisters of Outaouais (tomorrow, you can run 5K with him down an airport runway), 5:30 to 8 p.m., Vintage Wings of Canada, 1699 Arthur Fecteau St., Gatineau. Tickets:$120-$150. intimateeveningwithchrishadfield.eventbrite.ca/

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Shane Lanigan practises his technique at the very popular Lawn Summer Nights in 2014.


Most shockingly, there are still spectator tickets to the Pop-Up Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights lawn bowling event, the uber chic and fun event to support Cystic Fibrosis research, 4;30 to 10 p.m., Elmdale Lawn Bowling. (The main event is still on July 6, for which there are also still spectator available. Is this opposite day?) lawnsummernights.com/OTT

Here’s what to do if you are not one of the lucky with tickets to see the UFC fight tonight: The Spartan Race Sprints. These are insane races, but organizers claim the three-mile sprint on today is accessible to beginners, and athletes at all levels. However, the obstacles still include the like of FIRE (not kidding) and barbed wire. Do this race, and you’ll be too sore to care about the UFC fight tonight. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., Ski Edelweiss. Cost: $90 in advance, $120 on site. spartanrace.ca

On a gentler note, Paddlecopia is a day of on- and off-water classes and outdoor workshops on canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, backcountry cooking, rescue tips, shelter building and more, from 9 a.m., Trailhead Adventure Center, Cost: $20 gets any three classes, or $10/each without registering. trailheadpaddleshack.ca

This is the last night to see ROAR, a three-piece performance by Propeller Dance, am inclusive troupe of dancers with and without disabilities: Umajuit, based on an Inuit legend of a soul born again into the world’s animals, Spasticus set to the ‘war cry’ song for all of those with disabilities, and Circuit alongside ballet and break dancers, 7 p.m., GCTC. Tickets: $15-$25. gctc.ca



Sunday, June 19

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Competitors in the womens division of the Italian Week bike race are a blur down Preston Street. Sunday June 20,2010.


The 44th Preston Street Criterium street bike race should not be discounted: it is an exciting event to watch (with lattes or gelato in hand), with the one-kilometre laps running from Preston to Adeline, Aberdeen and back. Races start at 10 a.m., then 11 a.m. and noon, with kids races at 1 p.m. (open to ages 5 years and up), and master’s men at 2 p.m. It’s a final cap to Italian Week, and also Father’s Day, so treat papà to brunch at Villa Marconi (11:30 a.m.), then let the kids go wild at the Kids Zone while he checks out the Ferraris. Music caps the night with Johnny Vegas at 6:30 p.m., and Disco Inferno at 8 p.m. www.italianweekottawa.ca

There’s another Father’s Day brunch on at the Museum of Nature, where the traditional buffet also includes filet mignon, ribs, steak and pork at three seatings: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Cost: $6.50-$39.99, includes museum admission, where there is a new Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit. nature.ca

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Retired astronaut and International Space Station Commander, Chris Hadfield.


Or, take advantage of a double-rare event, and run a 5K along an airport runway with astronaut Chris Hadfield, to benefit the Brothers and Sisters of the Outaouais. Events are hosted by Vintage wings of Canada, and include a children’s 1K, 8:30 a.m., 1699 Arthur Fecteau St., Gatineau. Cost: $10-$40. www.events.runningroom.com

The Billings Estate promises dad his favourite things today: barbecue, live music and an antique car show, plus a scavenger hunt to keep the kids occupied, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2100 Cabot St. Admission: $6.15, $16.35/family.

Maybe dad will enjoy a cop movie, this time, about two veteran officers whose trust in each is tested after hints of connections to the criminal underworld and a suicide bombing in Wounded Land, today’s screening at the 13th Israeli Film Festival, 7 p.m., River Building, Carleton University. (English subtitles.) Tickets: $13 at the door. www.cfi-icf.ca

Send your event information to kendemann@postmedia.com, by 8 a.m. Monday, two weeks before it starts. Photos and audio/video files are welcome.

@keendemann
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