You dissin my costume Pussycat?

You dissin my costume Pussycat?

Not much to celebrate now that New Year’s has passed…you’re waiting for Valentine’s Day. But let’s be honest, in the dead of winter, you are just looking for an excuse to host an awesome party. Theme parties are pretty awesome if you’ve got the right hosts and fun people that buy into your theme. Last year, we hosted a pirate party and it was awesome. This summer, my friend hosted a make your own powerpoint party and he said that was awesome. The other day, we hosted a chichi party and it was awesome. Tomorrow, I’m hosting a NASCAR hillbilly party and that’s gonna be awesome too.

Just look at your friends or your friends friends pictures on Facebook and you’ll find awesome themes for your own party.Party hard and send us your theme ideas….and your photos!

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Man of the dayWatch history live over lunch at one of these Ottawa hangouts, and try your best not to let those feelings of “why can’t we have one of those” (inspirational politician, not handsome black man) seep through. The musical prelude starts at 10, the official stuff at noon. All the cool kids will be tuning into BET’s extensive coverage which will go from 6am to 3pm on January 20th, 2009.

1. East African Restaurant
The Rideau Street restaurant will have a big screen TV and ethiopian food. What more could you ask for?

2. James Street Pub
Ask your server to turn off the curling tournament on one of the Bar’s 20 TVs, and salt your fries with tears.

3. Why not watch it at D’arcy Mcgee’s and join in on Parliamentary Hill gossip about the new President?

4. Other suggestions?



Jeff Halper, originally uploaded by freegazaorg.

Sorry for the lateness of this post, but I thought it might of interest to Ottawa folks .

Tonight, you can catch the last of three talks given by Israeli human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jeff Halper on the tremendously alarming situation between Israel and Palestine. Halper is the co-founder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, an organization created in 1997 to peacefully challenge and resist Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.

A sign that there is still a lot of work to be done, his talk tonight is entitled “Palestine: From Apartheid to Warehousing”.

It takes place at the Kailash Mital Theatre (formerly Alumni Theatre), Southam Hall, Carleton University and starts at 8pm.

For more information, check the Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) website.

An old poster for Disco Bongo

An old poster for Disco Bingo

Humphrey’s on Bank St. may be in the midst of an identity crisis: family restaurant on the outside, cocktail lounge on the inside. By becoming the new venue of Spins and Needles popular Disco Bingo night, the Glebe eatery may be making a move to assert itself as the latter.

Granny gambling is enjoying a new cachet as part of the same movement that has seen knitting circles and ugly sweaters become trendy. S&N puts a twist on the original by adding 70s and 80s music and whimsical prizes: Kraft Dinner, packages of Ramen noodles, disco balls, strings of lollipop, a New Year’s Resolution file fax, etc. A lack of reverence for tradition was also evident in the shapes players had to form in order to get their paws on the loot, as crosses and diagonals replaced the standard horizontal and vertical lines.

The monthly event outgrew the Shanghai restaurant on Somerset and will be making Humphrey’s its perminent home. The cost is $5 for the first two cards, and $1 for each card afterwards. Definitely worth a visit next February 6 if you feel like shaking to the Eurithmics while taking a shot at winning a pack of shot glasses.

HOT Wine Buy at the LCBO

January 18, 2009

yellow-jerseyOften times folks scoff at how much wine costs us here at the LCBO – when south of the border you are paying about half for exactly the same product. This week however, the LCBO is offering a crazy deal on what I think is a decent wine.

Yellow Jersey wines, a Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are all going for a crazy low $5.95.

I recently bought out the supply at one LCBO, but judging from their website there are still a few bottles scattered across the city. I drank (not alone…) a couple bottles of the Pinot Noir on Friday while playing a rousing game of Puerto Rico and found that at the price point the wine was simple, easy-to-drink and matched well with the House of Georgie’s Pizza we also ordered.

Last night I had a bottle of the Chardonnay with a dinner of scallops and risotto and found it to be a bit tangy, but perfectly drinkable. It was nice and crisp and would go well with a variety of take-out options and I imagine would nicely cut the spice of a curry.

If you find some buy it.

c_doucet_en-11Councilor Clive Doucet
Ward 17: The Glebe, Sunnyside, Old Ottawa South and Carleton U.

‘Doucet Breaks Rank’ read the headline of the Ottawa Citizen, referring to the fact that the councilor is the only one to have spoken his views on the bus strike independently of city hall. His point: control over schedules isn’t worth the pain all sides are feeling from the strike.

Last week Doucet made the news again when he suggested that the city’s handling of the strike was less then perfect.

Doucet has represented the patch of town from the Glebe to Billings Bridge since 1997. An urban anthropologist by training, he has published several books, including four works of poetry, musings on his acadian heritage and a novel. His latest work, Urban Meltdown suggests that it is politics that are responsible for sluggish action on environmental issues, since councilors cannot get elected without pandering to cars.

Doucet has an excellent record on environmental issues, receiving top marks in Ecology Ottawa and the Sierra Club’s annual report card on city councilors. He got an A in 2008 for voting for a motion to reduce road speed and voting against deferring the purchase of electric buses for OC transpo.

On the light rail system, the literal third rail of Ottawa politics, Doucet favors a two rail electric system that would follow Carling Avenue into Kanata, arguing that such a system has low operating costs and would add a significant number of users to the Ottawa public system, thus attracting federal and provincial funds.

Old Man on a rock. As part of the Acoustic Soundwaves concert series, Old Man Luedecke and the Good Lovelies will be playing at the Irving Greenberg Theater Center Sunday, January 18th (1233 Wellington St. at Holland) at 8pm. Old Man’s songs are carefully crafted in a time and space that is all his own. He plays an old time instrument and adds contemporary themes and a witty sense of humor to his lyrics. I love the way he weaves his songs.

While I’ve never seen the Good Lovelies live, they seem like an energetic band that would be very entertaining to watch. They’re coming off the heels of winning two awards at the Toronto Independent Music Festival. They will certainly showcase new songs as their first official CD will be launched January 21st.

Tickets are on sale at the CGTC box office for $24 and seating is reserved.

http://www.oldmanluedecke.ca
http://www.goodlovelies.com