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The Newstalgica Poetry Series celebrates the autumn season with performance poet Jessica Ruano and the musicopoetic grooves of Poem de Terre. Hosted by Devin Zane Shaw and J. F. Lafleche.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Open Mic 8:30pm
Featured Performers 9:30pm

Cafe Nostalgica

603 Cumberland Street

Jessica Ruano is a writer of press releases, newspaper articles, romantic emails, blog entries, brochures, academic papers, and – occasionally – of short stories and poetry. She has performed with the Capital Poetry Collective, the Oneness Poetry Collective, Talented Tongues, at a Canteen Gallery Vernissage, and as the feature poet in the Voices of Venus series.

Poem de Terre is a multi-disciplinary ensemble melding live folk music and spoken word with contemporary and more established musical forms. Poem de Terre draws upon many influences to create music for the new millenium. As much as the music, words are central to Poem de Terre’s work, bringing stories and ideas to the community in the form of live performance.

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Happy New Years, arts fans!

Welcome to 2009. Whatever that means. Is this a special year for some reason? Perhaps the year the Earth was supposed to explode into hundreds of thousands of space particles? If that’s the case, then we might as well celebrate by attending lots of arts events. And no, I never get tired of cheesy segues.


The Grand Reopening of the Mayfair Theatre – Friday, January 2

I know people were horrified when there was the possibility of the Mayfair closing. This theatre has been a staple in our community for years, an especial favourite on Halloween with its presentation of cult-favourite The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In fact, I believe I had one of my first dates there… Anyway, fear no more because the Mayfair is back – and better than ever! New management, new programming, new seats, and Dolby Digital Sound. Don’t miss the fancy opening starting at 7pm. Admission is free and refreshment will be served.

The Capital Poetry Collective presents ‘Truth Is…’ – Saturday, January 3

Don’t miss Ottawa’s favourite slam poetry competition, this time featuring Toronto Poet ‘Truth Is…’ This prizewinning poet has competed thrice in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, The Rustbelt Regional Slam and has had several of her pieces aired on Canadian-based radio stations. She is known as a great leader and a powerful public speaker. Mercury Lounge doors open at 7pm; cost is $7, unless you sign up to perform!

The Dusty Owl Reading Series presents Luna Allison – Sunday, January 4

Catch another amazing poetry lady the following afternoon at Dusty Owl’s home base, Swizzles! Luna Allison reads short fiction from her new chapbook “bitter sour salty sweet” and performs some brand-new spoken word pieces. Accompanied by percussionist Devin Johnstone. Show start at 2pm: there is no cover, but donations are lovingly accepted.

Twelfth Night Celebration – Monday, January 5

This is one of my favourite yearly events! A Company of Fools and their thespian friends get together for a hilarious rendition of Twelfth Night (appropriately timed for the twelfth night after Christmas) at the NAC 4th Stage. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $20. This sells out every year, so get your tickets fast!

The New Stalgica – Monday, January 12

I get appropriately nostalgic about Cafe Nostalgica. I used to spend my high school evenings there, wrapped in a warm blanket of poetry and music. And it’s how I met some of the amazing writers I know today. Some of those amazing writers are getting together again for a show at the old haunt, and it seems this will be something regular! Subsequent events will be on the 2nd Monday of each month, and will feature 1-2 readers followed by an open mic. Stay tuned for more details! For this inaugural event, don’t miss talented locals Jamie Bradley, Amanda Earl, John Gillies, Marcus McCann, Sean Moreland, and Sandra Ridley. Show starts at 8pm. See you there!

The AB Series presents jwcurry’s Mesagio Galore – Saturday, January 24

Yet another literary event this month! They just keep on coming. This series is a Max Middle creation, and he attracts a wide range of sound poets/performers to feature at these shows. According to their newly launched website (because they explain it much better than I ever could), “MESSAGIO GALORE is a celebratory investigation into what constitutes sound poetry, surveying its com- & ex-position through the writing & reading (& listening & rewriting & reading) of Canadian and international works. MESSAGIO GALORE take VI will be read through the lingual acrobatics of jwcurry, John Lavery, Roland Prevost, Carmel Purkis, Sandra Ridley and Grant Wilkins. It takes as its outer formal structure a 4-voice arrangement of John Cage’s ‘Lecture On Nothing’ and incorporates material by Hugo Ball, Four Horsemen, Claude Gauvreau, d.a.levy, Sam Loyd, Mike Patton and Frank Zappa.” This event takes place at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery; doors open at 7pm; and admission is $15.

Theatre Openings

The Great Canadian Theatre Company presents Tempting Providence – January 6 to 25

Tempting Providence is the simple and simply elegant tale of Nurse Myra Bennett, our “Florence Nightingale of the North.” She delivered more than 700 babies, extracted 5000 teeth, set broken limbs, and performed kitchen table operations by lamplight.

The National Arts Centre English Theatre presents Buried Child – January 6 to 24

Sam Shepard’s Buried Child is a powerful, funny and scathing a commentary on the dysfunctional American family set in a dilapidated farm house. Directed by the NAC’s own Peter Hinton, this production features Ottawa-connected actors Adrienne Gould, John Koensgen, and Christie Watson.

SevenThirty Productions presents The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Gladstone – January 7 to 24

The company warns that “no cats will be harmed in this production. Just blown up.” Now that’s my kind of theatre! Yet again John P. Kelly brings tantalizing and provocative Irish theatre to Ottawa audiences. And this show promises to be especially brutal. In fact, the Broadway run famously used six gallons of fake blood every night, and scored a Best Play nomination at the 2006 Tony Awards. This Ottawa production features local stars Zach Counsil, Scott Florence, Richard Gelinas, Brenhan McKibben, Rory Lavelle, Steve Martin, Kate Smith, and David Whiteley. And don’t forget that Kelly’s other production (a real winner, that one was), The Kings of the Kilburn Highroad continues until this Saturday, also at The Gladstone.

Vision Theatre presents Life After God – January 21 to 31

Love him or hate him, Douglas Coupland (Generation X, Jpod) has pretty much defined how many of us experience modern culture. Michael Lewis MacLennon’s new play – adapted from the work of Coupland –offers a quirky and penetrating look at the first generation raised without religion. Directed by Greg Wysynski, this production features another great bunch of Ottawa actors: Riley Stewart, Jerome Bourgault, Jennifer Scrivens, Chantale Plante, Shawna McSheffrey, and JP Chartier. I was really impressed by Vision Theatre’s opening show, My Name is Rachel Corrie, earlier in the fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of their season – including a Neil Labute play in March/April.

Closing Remarks

Interested in being on film? StraightNOTNarrow.ca is looking to cast 8-10 people for Saturday, January 3. The shoot will consist of shooting the talent in front of a green screen.  Each talent will have duck tape (rigged) over their mouth.  All will be shot in close ups to help promote the StraightNotNarrow campaign.  They need variety of cast from different backgrounds, ages, and genders. Need more information? Contact Andrew Wood at hello@andy-media.com

Also, I’m going to be chatting on CHUO, Wednesday, January 7, from noon to 1, for a fantastic arts show called Audio Visual. Previously they have invited me to chat about funding cuts and the federal election. This show will be a little more light-hearted, focussing on some of our upcoming events and perhaps discussing arts related New Year’s resolutions.

Finally, check out my website at www.jessicaruano.wordpress.com for sporadic updates on the Ottawa Arts scene.

Have a wonderful time celebrating 2009!

Artistically yours,


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