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jazz

peter hum

The year ends on a high note on Sun­day, when Ot­tawa’s

Tim Bed­ner joins forces with Van­cou­verite and fel­low gui­tarist

Bill Coon to play duets at the ac­claimed ve­gan restau­rant ZenKitchen, 634 Som­er­set St. W. Bed­ner, who re­cently re­leased one of Ot­tawa’s best jazz discs of 2012, and Coon are con­trast­ing but com­pat­i­ble peers who should hit it off just fine. The mu­sic runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cover, but a $15 min­i­mum for brunch ap­plies. Call 613-233-6404 to re­serve.

the­atre

pa­trick langston

What bet­ter way to start the new year than with an in­spi­ra­tional story about over­com­ing odds to achieve your dream? Billy El­liot

the Mu­si­cal, at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre Jan. 1-6, finds a young lad from a tough min­ing town dream­ing of be­ing — and fi­nally be­com­ing — a bal­let dancer. The NAC pro­duc­tion features the tour­ing com­pany Broad­way Across Canada. Tick­ets: NAC box of­fice, 1-888991-2787, tick­etmaster.ca.

film

jac­quie miller

There’s still time to see the movie Post­media critic Jay Stone named the best film of 2012: Argo. The thriller, star­ring Ben Af­fleck, is based on the true story of the CIA op­er­a­tive who car­ried out a crazy scheme to res­cue Amer­i­can hostages in Iran in 1980. Catch Argo at The Rain­bow Cin­ema, in the St. Lau­rent Shop­ping Cen­tre, at the May­fair The­atre Or­léans from Dec. 27-Jan. 3, and at the ByTowne Cin­ema Jan. 4-6. (Read Jay Stone’s list of the year’s top movies in Fri­day’s pa­per or on­line at ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com/arts.)

pop &hip hop

peter simp­son

Baby­lon Night­club (317 Bank) prom­ises an “ex­ces­sively epic” New Year’s Eve, led by the band Silkken Laumann, the lat­est out­fit of Ot­tawa’s mul­ti­tal­ented Rolf Klausener. Also on the bill is Kitchen Party, and to­gether they prom­ise a night of ev­ery­thing from hip hop to house punk. 10 p.m., tick­ets $15/$20 at An­tique Skate Shop (9 Florence St.) or at the door. See Silkken Laumann videos at ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com/big­beat.

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