Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Ottawa: March 16–31, 2017

Choice events in the city

The Queer Mafia’s dance party, Offbeat: Sweatin’ to the ’80s, takes place on March 18, 2017, at Babylon Nightclub. Credit: Courtesy Brit Cory

Thursday, March 16

Hard Cover Book Club 

The men’s book group is marriage-themed this time around. This session focuses on discussion of two books — Sylvain Larocque’s Gay Marriage (a history of the fight for same-sex marriage in Canada) and Kenji Yoshino’s Speak Now (about the legalization of same-sex marriage in California). This is one of the recurring Gay Zone events. 

6:30–8pm. Centretown CHC, 420 Cooper St. For more info, visit Facebook

Backwards Broadway Cabaret 

Men sing songs written for women, and women sing songs written for men. According to this concert’s billing, it is a “celebratory evening for gays and lesbians to see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre.” This is also the directorial debut of TotoToo Theatre’s Kraig-Paul Proulx. 

Runs until Saturday, March 18, 7pm. Live! On Elgin. tototoo.ca

Saturday, March 18

Geek Out! Third Weekend Meet-Up

While everyone else is out shooting up saloons with Tommy guns and smacking themselves with dope, some wholesome queer geeks gather for a laid-back afternoon of chatting and possibly games. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring board games (this can be a useful icebreaker). 

2:30–6pm. The Blurry Pixel, 201 Queen St. For more info, visit Facebook

Offbeat: Sweatin’ to the ’80s 

Legwarmers, the Berlin Wall, Back to the Future, pants that for some reason have stirrups — The Queer Mafia’s dance party is 1980s-themed this time. Themed outfits are encouraged, but not required. DJ Dan Valin spins. Partial proceeds will go to The Ottawa Wolves, Ottawa’s inclusive rugby club. The venue is accessible.

11pm–2am. Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook

Friday, March 24 

Throb

With spring just around the corner, soon-to-be in-heat guys head out to the club for a night of sweaty dancing, flirting and general shenanigans. Montreal’s DJ Lachance headlines this edition of the recurring dance party with a rave feel. Ottawa’s own DJ Ashley Gauthier sets the tone with a raucous warm-up set.  

11pm–2:30am. Club NVY, 295 Dalhousie St. For more info, visit Facebook

Saturday, March 25

Venus Envy Sweet 16 Bash 

The much-loved local inclusive sex shop celebrates 16 years serving Ottawa. The big bash features music by D-luxx Brown and DJs Sarita and del Pilar. This doubles as a fundraiser for the Venus Envy Bursary Fund. The venue is accessible (the accessible entrance is just to the left of the front door). 

10:30pm–2am. The Red Lion Public House, 47 Clarence St. For more info, visit Facebook

Tuesday, March 28

The Sexual Politics of Topping 

What does it mean to top? Is it possible to top from the bottom? Is every top a masochist? This workshop at a local sex shop discusses the politics of topping, the different kinds of topping and bottoming, and some tips on enhancing your bottoming or topping skills. Everyone welcome. For a more detailed description, visit website

7–9pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca