City's arts scene features Verdi, Mary Poppins and more this week

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As sure as autumn has arrived, so has a robust entertainment schedule. Behold.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts kicks off its regularly scheduled season Saturday night with a performance by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, which will be joined by the Ottawa Choral Society to perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42-$59 for the general public.

Also today, there’ll be local music aplenty at the grand opening of the Long & McQuade music store at 2762 Princess St. Here’s who’s playing and when: Erick Turnbull at 10:30 a.m.; Nick Babcock at 11:30; The Astros at 1 p.m.; Julia Finnegan at 2; Mauricio and the Latin Beat Quartet at 3; and the Wilderness at 4.

At 11 a.m. and noon, the L&M Rockskool performs tributes to Heart and Kingston’s Glorious Sons, respectively.

Oh, and there’ll be free ukulele lessons all day. Aloha!

There will be plenty of choices of what to do on Wednesday.


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There’s the Vancouver-living, horn-laden Five Alarm Funk play at BluMartini. Small Artillery opens. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance.

Uptown, Walrus, Villages, as well as local bands the Winter in Canada and Willy Nilly, check in at the Mansion. Doors open at 8, and cover is $10.

In between the two, at the Grand Theatre, it’s “Sibling Rivalry: Sleepover with Bob and Monet,” featuring Bob the Drag Queen and Monet X Change. The show starts at 8, and tickets start at $55.38.

And if that’s not enough choice, you can pop by Stone City Ales for a pop-up event at 6:30 p.m. featuring work by artist Jon Claytor, songs by Charlotte Cornfield, and clothing by Bad Ideas Forever.

Thursday is the official launch of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s four new exhibitions. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m.

And, after that, Honest Heart Collective, Brothers Elsey (who open the Glorious Sons at Richardson Stadium two nights later), and Oakridge Ave play at the Mansion. Advance tickets are $10.

Author Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and one-time winner of CBC’s Canada Reads competition, launches his new book, Albatross, on Sept. 19 at the Alibi, 293 Princess St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

The folks at Skeleton Park Arts Festival will be at it again on Friday, Sept. 20, as they screen a singalong version of the Julie Andrews classic Mary Poppins in McBurney Park. It starts at 7 p.m., and it’s free.

And Friday sees the showcase concert for the six winners — Sadaf Amini, Julia Finnegan, Michelle Kasaboski, Alex Mundy, Savannah and Michael, and Abby Stewart — of the inaugural YGK Emerging Artist competition. It takes place at the Isabel at 7:30 p.m. and costs $25 ($12 for students).

Speaking of young artists, nominations are now open for the annual Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development. Go to for details and to apply. Oct. 16 is deadline.

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