Submit your Ottawa-based event to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 613-232-9055 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—Joanne Plummer of Mill Street Florist in 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
A Taste for Life—Dine out tonight at any participating restaurant and 25 per cent of the cost of your meal will be donated to Bruce House and the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation. The donations will go towards support for people living with HIV, providing education and outreach to prevent new infections in our community. Make your reservation soon! For a list of participating restaurants, please visit www.atasteforlife.org
THURSDAY, APRIL 28Change in the Arab World—Join a panel of experts for a talk on "Change in the Arab World." Panelists include Carrie Wickham of Emory University and Nathan Brown of Carnegie Endowment. Presented by CIPS at the University of Ottawa. 4 p.m. Free. Room 12110, Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Ave. E. www.cips.uottawa.ca
Screening: Attack on Darfur—Do More Canada presents a screening of Attack on Darfur, directed by Uwe Boll and starring Billy Zane and Edward Furlong. Do More Canada is a student initiative aimed at raising human rights awareness for Darfur. 7 p.m., $10. Silvercity Theatre, 2385 City Park Dr., Ottawa, Ont. 613-304-8133 or www.domorecanada.com
The History of Canada—Authors Christopher Pennington and Ron Graham each talk about their recent books delving into an important time in Canada's historical evolution. Presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 12 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Fountain Room, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
The Myth of Human Progress—American author Chris Hedges looks at the US liberal establishment's failure to protect and promote its constituents, and how it has sunk into irrelevance for many. A presentation of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
Screening: Uzak Ihtimal—A muezzin falls in love with his next door neighbour, a Catholic nurse. Dir., Mahmut Fazil Coskun. Turkey, 2009. Presented by the Embassy of Turkey and the Turkish Canadian Cultural Association. 7 p.m. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 613-789-3456 or www.bytowne.ca
How to Run the World—Renowned author Parag Khanna looks at the instability that is afflicting the world, and charts a path to a truly resilient and stable society. A presentation of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 8 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer St., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
FRIDAY, APRIL 29Israel celebrates its National Day. It celebrates independence from the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy 613- 567-6450.
The Writer—German author Bernhard Schlink, who wrote The Reader and Guilt About the Past, will discuss his newest work. A presentation of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $15-$20; passes $65-$75. Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer St. Ottawa, Ont. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
SATURDAY, APRIL 30Sounds & Tastes of the Americas—Acceso International presents a fundraising event—the annual Sounds & Tastes of the Americas dinner, show and auction. Acceso International is an Ottawa-based charity that supports greater access to education for disadvantaged children, youth and women in the Americas. 5:30 p.m. Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Ave. For tickets or more information, call 613-831-9158 or visit www.accesointernational.ca
Dinner and Fundraiser for the Congo—A dinner and fundraiser to support a legal clinic for women in Bukavu, DRC will be held this evening. Canadian support is given through KAIROS. 6 p.m., $30. Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 des Pères-Blancs Ave. 613-565-0408.
Classical Turkish Music Concert—The Ottawa Turkish Music Ensemble and the Montreal Turkish Music Choir present their annual concert, conducted by Ismail Hakki Fencioglu and his orchestra. 8:30 p.m. $20. Alumni Theatre, 85 University Pr. 613-596-0423.
SUNDAY, MAY 1Poland celebrates its National Day. It celebrates the restoration of independence Austro-Hungary, Prussia and Russia in 1918.
Before the Beginning and After the End—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents an evening with Madeleine Thien, Hisham Matar and Johanna Skibsrud. 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, Ont. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
MONDAY, MAY 2General Election—Canadians go to the polls today.
Blue Metropolis: A celebration of Indian writing—Host Paul Keen talks to four acclaimed Indian writers and poets: Meena Kandasamy, K. Satchidanandan, Aject Cour and, Aziz Hajani. 7 p.m. Free. 303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Col. By Dr. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
Ghazal Concert—The Ottawa International Writers Festival presents an evening of poetry and music inspired by ghazal, the ancient Persian form of verse with Lorna Crozier, Rob Winger, Sandra Ridley, Robert Pinsky, and music from Mel M'Rabet Quartet. 8 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer St. http://www.writersfestival.org/events
TUESDAY, MAY 3World Press Freedom Day—The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom and the National Press Club of Canada Foundation present the 13th Annual Awards Luncheon. Featured speaker is Tony Burman of Al Jazeera English who will discuss "Capturing the Arab Awakening." The luncheon will be moderated by Don Newman, and the guest speaker will be the winner of the Press Freedom Award. On display will be "Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes," the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Travelling Cartoon Exhibition. Also on display will be the 2011 International Editorial Cartoon Competition on "Wikileaks and its creators: Villains or Heroes?" 11:30 a.m., $55. Panorama Room, NAC, 53 Elgin St. 613-233-1699 x 6229.
Truth and Justice—Authors James Bartleman and David Adams Richards will discuss documentary fiction about Canada's First Nations. Presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. May 3, 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $10-$15; passes $65-$75. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, Ont. 613-562-1243 or http://www.writersfestival.org/events
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4Yemen: On the Brink for How Long?—Join guest speaker Thomas Juneau, Carleton University. He will discuss "Yemen: On the Brink for How Long?" Presented by CSDS at Carleton University. 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Room 2017, Dunton Tower, 1125 Col. By Dr. RSVP to 613-520-2600 ext. 6671 or email@example.com
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