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The Chicks, the Kratt brothers, author Kate Heartfield and more

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COUNTRY

The Chicks are on the road with Gaslighter — which is not only their first album in more than a decade but also the first since they dropped the “Dixie” from their name — and are coming to Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre on Friday. The core trio of singer-songwriter Natalie Maines, violinist Martie Maguire and banjo player Emily Strayer are touring with a top-notch band and have assembled a setlist that weaves favourites like the feminist anthem Goodbye Earl and the defiant Not Ready To Make Nice with powerful new songs like March March and Tights on My Boat, setting the music against a backdrop filled with politically charged video images. Tickets start around $110, available through ticketmaster.ca. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a set by 80s Mercedes singer, Maren Morris. 

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CLASSICAL

The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s star-studded season-opening festival entitled Focus: Clara, Robert, Johannes, continues with concerts Thursday, Sunday and next Wednesday. On Thursday night, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, soprano Midori Marsh, pianist Darren Creech and NACO will perform works by Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms in Southam Hall. On Sunday afternoon at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, violinist James Ehnes, pianist Stewart Goodyear will join NACO string players Yosuke Kawasaki, Jessica Linnebach, Jethro Marks and Rachel Mercer to perform works by the three celebrated classical composers. Next Wednesday at Southam Hall, the festival resumes when Ehnes, pianist Liz Upchurch and mezzo-soprano Alex Hetherington join NACO. Free pre-concert talks will precede the two concerts at Southam Hall. Information and tickets at nac-cna.ca.

FAMILY

The popular American zoologists and TV show hosts the Kratt brothers are back on stage with a show that combines live action and animation, taking families on a journey to a wild world where they face a comic villain and save the day, thanks to their knowledge of the world’s amazing creatures. Now living and working in the Ottawa area, Martin and Chris Kratt are bringing their new show, Wild Kratts Live 2.0 Activate Creature Power!, to Meridian Centrepointe Theatre for a run of four almost-sold-out performances on Friday and Saturday. For ticket availability and times, go to meridiancentrepointe.com.

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BOOKS

Ottawa author Kate Heartfield, a former Ottawa Citizen editorial pages editor, launches her new novel, The Valkyrie, with a reading and discussion at Perfect Books (258A Elgin St.), at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19. A follow-up to her best-seller, The Embroidered Book, the new one is a fascinating retelling of Norse and Germanic legends, centred around the unexpected relationship between Brynhild, a Valkyrie shieldmaiden, and Gudrun, a princess of Burgundy. Heartfield will be in conversation with another former Citizen writer and editor, Don Butler. The event is free. 

FOOD

Mindful that few indulgences pair as well as champagne and caviar, the French restaurant Gitanes (361 Elgin St.), is serving lavish dinners next Wednesday, Sept. 20, in which bubbles and fish eggs will star. A four-course classic French haute cuisine will include caviar as an element in each course, including dessert, and champagnes from the producer Maison Bonnet-Ponson with be paired. The cost for the dinner is $350 per person, including food, wine, tax and tips. Seatings are at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Reserve at gitanes.co or by emailing [email protected].

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