Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 Election 2011: What about arts and culture?—As part of its cultural forum series, Thinking Culture, the Canadian Conference of the Arts is holding a bilingual debate with local candidates on "Election 2011: What about arts and culture?" Mauril Belanger, Liberal candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, Paul Dewar, NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre, and Richard Nadeau, Bloc Québécois candidate for Gatineau, are all confirmed to attend. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Room 110, Demarais Bldg., University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. E. www.ccarts.ca
Screening: The Way Back—An epic adventure in which a group of men miraculously escape from a remote prison in Siberia and make the treacherous journey from the bitterly cold Steppes through the unrelenting heat of the Gobi desert to freedom. Director, Peter Weir. 6:40 p.m. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities—The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity presents a panel discussion to mark the first annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities. Guest speakers include Alex Neve, of Amnesty International, Kyle Matthews, of the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, as well as a presentation by Rita Carter. 7 p.m. Alumni Auditorium, University of Ottawa. email@example.com
THURSDAY, APRIL 21Ottawa Women's Canadian Club Luncheon—Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance will discuss "Operations in Afghanistan: Kandahar Province 2009-2010," at an Ottawa Women's Canadian Club luncheon. 12:30 p.m. Ballroom, Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St., For tickets, call Monique Bertrand at 613-737-6075 or www.owcc.ca
Expedition Arctic—Discover the wonders of the Arctic with Expedition Arctic at the Museum of Civilization. The official opening takes place today. By invitation only. 5:30 p.m., reception; ceremony 6 p.m. Runs until April 29, 2012. Grand Hall, Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St. RSVP by April 18 to 819-776-8382 or to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.civilization.ca
Screening: Mommo (The Bogeyman)—Two orphans must take care of one another in a lonely world. Presented by the Turkish Embassy and the Turkish Canadian Cultural Association. 7 p.m. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
FRIDAY, APRIL 22Earth Day—Celebrate Earth Day 2011 at home and in your community. For local events, or events nation-wide, visit http://www.earthday.ca/pub/index.php
SATURDAY, APRIL 23Annual Variety Gospel Concert—The Big Soul Project performs in concert. Presented by the Jamaica (Ottawa) Community Association. 6 p.m. $10-$20. Centre Town United Church, 507 Bank St. For tickets, call 613-231-5517 or 613-741-5977.
MONDAY, APRIL 252011 ANZAC Day Service—In honour of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day, a traditional remembrance service in the presence of senior federal government officials and representatives, and the Ottawa diplomatic and military community. Service is open to the public and will be followed by a "gunfire breakfast." Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. 613-940-4905.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26Group of 78 Luncheon Speaker Series—Join University of Ottawa constitutional and international law expert Errol P. Mendes for a talk on "Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court: A Court of Last Resort." Presented by the Group of 78. 12 p.m. $30; $5 presentation only. Palais Imperial Restaurant, 311-313 Dalhousie St. Pre-registration required 613-230-0860 or email@example.com
Prairie Scene—Prairie Scene features 500 artists from Canada's prairies participating in 80 events over 13 days. Presented by the National Arts Centre. Until May 8. Pass, $49 for six shows. NAC, 53 Elgin St. http://www.prairiescene.ca
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27Sierra Leone celebrates Republic Day. Sierra Leone gained independence from the UK in 1961.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day. Freedom Day marks South Africa's first democratic general election in 1994. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-744-0330.
Togo celebrates National Day. It gained independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship in 1960. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy 613-238-5916.
Ikebana Demonstration—Guest Joanne Plummer, Mill Street Florist, Manotick, will give a demonstration on the art of Japanese flower arrangement to members of the Ottawa Centennial Chapter 120 of Ikebana International. 12:30 p.m. $10 non-members. Assembly Room, Sandy Hill Community Centre. 613-733-0596 or http://ikebanaottawa.ca
Screening: Even the Rain—A film-within-a-film starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar as filmmakers working on a revisionist drama about the arrival of Columbus in the New World. The film draws comparisons about the filmmakers and the government exploiting the Bolivian locals and Columbus' exploitation of the natives in 1492. Dir., Iccíar Bollaín. Spain, 2010. In Spanish with English subtitles. 4:45 & 9:05 p.m. Runs until April 28. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
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