WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
Colombia celebrates its National Day today. It gained independence from Spain in 1810.
Marianne, Symbol of Liberty in France—The Canadian Postal Museum presents an exhibition featuring close to 175 philatelic items bearing the image of this emblem of the French Republic. Canadian Postal Museum, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau. Located inside the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Call 819-776-8200 or go to www.civilization.ca. Through to July 31.
War and Medicine—Come explore the uneasy and evolving relationship between warfare and the medical profession over 150 years, from the Crimean War to contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. www.warmuseum.ca Through Nov. 13.
Anonymous Reality—The Embassy of Finland and City of Ottawa present this art exhibit, featuring a reflection on the innumerable encounters that are undergone by people every day. It is these anonymous encounters that enable people to construct a coherent reality within a surrounding. Free. Karsh-Masson Gallery, 136 St. Patrick St. Through July 24. Call 613-580-2424, ext. 14167.
The Ancient Tea Horse Road—Canadian explorer Jeff Fuchs presents an exhibit of photos taken during his trek along the entire Yunnan-Tibet trade route. 6-9 p.m. Exposure Gallery, 2nd floor studio of Thyme & Again, 1255 Wellington St. W. Through Aug. 9.
Muslims?!—Asif Rehman's exhibition breaks down the barriers of "difference" by illustrating the diversity, peace, and spirituality inherent in Muslim cultures. Shenkman Arts Centre, Trinity A, 245 Centrum Blvd. Through July 26.
Ottawa Turkish Festival—It's your last chance to enjoy all things Turkish, from dance to movies to food. Runs until July 21. Free. Confederation Park, at the corner of Laurier Ave. and Elgin St. 613-228-1616 or ottawaturkishfestival.com
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Belgium celebrates its National Day today. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians on July 21, 1831.
Oto-Wa Taiko (Japanese drumming)—Get in some drumming practice in this high-energy event for children and youth, featuring an artistic performance, BBQ lunch, games and other group events. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lansdowne Park, O'Connor Street at the corner of Holmwood. See ottawa.ca/residents/arts/performing_arts/lunchtime_performing_arts_en.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
Discover India: A Celebration of Music—Discover India showcases two of India's top musicians, sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and tabla legend Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Shahid Parvez Khan Academy of Music. 8 p.m. $25. Freiman Hall, Perez Building, University of Ottawa, 610 Cumberland St. 613-317-3928 or http://www.spkacademy.org/OttawaConcert.html
Egyptian Festival Ottawa—The three-day summer Egyptian festival is held once a year to celebrate Egyptian culture and heritage. Church tours, authentic Coptic music, crafts, food and much more. Free. 6:30-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, 1 Canfield Rd.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
Mediterranean Crossroads—Juno-nominated singers Maryem Tollar and Aviva Chernick delight with an afternoon repertoire of world music. 3 p.m., free. Presented by Ottawa Chamberfest 2011. Rideau Hall, 613-998-7280. http://www.ottawachamberfest.com/concerts
SUNDAY, JULY 24
Borealis String Quartet—The Borealis String Quartet is acclaimed for its fiery performances of Haydn, Mendelssohn and more. 1 p.m., free. Presented by the Ottawa Chamberfest 2011. Rideau Hall, 613-998-7280. http://www.ottawachamberfest.com/concerts
Viva Mexico—Viva Mexico brings Mexico to life with its hot mariachi sounds. 3 p.m., free. Presented by the Ottawa Chamberfest 2011. Rideau Hall. 613-998-7280. http://www.ottawachamberfest.com/concerts
MONDAY, JULY 25
Marco Calliari-Al Faro Est—Inspired from Marco's travels, this entertainment is a mix of his new compositions and hits. He borrows from raï, flamenco, tarantellas and others to enrich his traditional Italian sound. Music presented by the Maison de la culture de Gatineau. Free. 7:30 p.m. Maison de la Culture de Gatineau, Place de la Cité, 855 de la Gappe Blvd. Ticket info at www.ovation.qc.ca. Event info at www.maisondelaculture.ca or 819-243-2525.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
Liberia celebrates its National Day. It gained independence from the US in 1847.
The Maldives celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from the UK in 1965.
Sagapool (Italy, Hungary and Quebec)—Presented as part of World Tuesdays. At a crossroads of musical genres including Nu Jazz and World music, this group of six multi-talented musicians offer up a fresh and festive show. Free. 7:30 p.m. Place de la Francophonie, 1 Wellingston St., Gatineau. In case of rain, performances will take place at Salle Jean-Despréz. http://www.gatineau.ca/arts-spectacles or 819-243-2300.
Published: Wednesday, 07/20/2011 12:00 am EDT
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