For this entry, I sat down with a nice big glass of Amarula on ice (a South African drink made of marula fruit and cream, sort of like an exotic version of Baileys for those of you who are unfamiliar with it) to get into full holiday mood. To be quiet honest, I’m already in the holiday spirit despite the lack of snow (that white stuff that we love to hate) in the National Capital Region, since I had the privilege of attending George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Ballet presented at the National Arts Centre (NAC) last weekend. There’s really nothing better than this classic holiday story combined with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music to get you into the Christmas spirit! This particular version of The Nutcracker was ever-so beautiful and colourful! The dancers were extremely gracious and perfect in their roles. Balachine’s costumes and decor were simply splendid, bringing the story to life from beginning to end. A yearly must if you love the Holiday Season!
This weekend and the next, if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit or simply looking for unique gift ideas for friends and fam, you should check out Christmas markets in and around the Capital like the one below taking place at the Museum of Civilization just across the river!
There’s also this market taking place as part of Kwanzaa celebrations and which offers tons of beautiful and original gifts of African and Carribean cultures that you won’t find anywhere else in Ottawa! This market is taking place at Bronson Centre this Saturday, December 10 between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. See details below:
If you happen to have some free time and are the least bit interested in history, world civilizations and gaining a better understanding of religious/spiritual beliefs and how people experience their faith on a day-to-day basis, I recommend that you check out an extremely interesting Museum exhibition also taking place at the Museum of Civilization called God(s): A User’s Guide. The exhibition looks at 27 religions and faiths practiced around the world through artifacts, video and audio-visual material to demonstrate the universality that ties these beliefs and people together. Here’s the signature design used to promote it:
Last but not least, this Saturday, I’m headed to my favorite night at Babylon, with some of the best Djs in Ottawa, the boys from Tribe Called Red for the Decembeeerrrr Edition of the Electric Pow-Wow! This is a guaranteed night of amazing music and tons of dancing 🙂 Always looking forward to it!