The Ottawa Shakespeare Company is showing a preview of its production Hamlet 2011 tonight at the new Centrepointe Studio Theatre. Directed by Charles MacFarland, this take on Hamlet attempts to recreate an experience as it would have been for the audience in Shakespeare’s time — that is, a bloody revenge tragedy steeped in the culture of its time. With a modern take and stage music including mash-ups of bands like Arcade Fire and Florence & the Machine, this is a treat for those tired of traditional Shakespearean plays.
When:  7:30 p.m.tonight, production runs through May 7
Where: Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
Cost: $25.75-$33.75

British artist Tim Crabtree of Paper Beat Scissors will be performing at the Raw Sugar Cafe tonight, along with Dave Norris and Local Ivan. If you are into soulful acoustic guitar and eerie electric melodies that leave you wondering after the music stops.
Where: Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset St. W.
When: Tonight 9 – 11 p.m.
Cost: $10

Prairie Scene
Over 500 artists from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be swarming the capital through the National Arts Centre and various galleries. The line-up includes musicians, actors, choreographers, visual and media artists, film-makers, writers and master chefs. Tuesday is “SWARM” day at Prairie Scene, meaning a gallery crawl, an opening-night party, and an after-party. Prairie Scene will be going on until May 8th, so don’t worry if you can’t make it tonight.
When: Gallery Crawl 6 – 9 p.m., Opening night party 9 -11 p.m., After-party 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: NAC (53 Elgin St.) and various locations
Cost: Varies and includes free events

Cube Gallery is exhibiting the fruitful labours of eight Ottawa artists who recently spent 52 weeks roaming the back alleys of this city. With the old city arteries as their subjects, these artists have used different styles and perceptions to depict what they believe is the nature of Ottawa’s alleys.
When: Now until Sunday. Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington Street West
Cost: Free

The last great Canadian expedition before the advent of modern communications and aerial surveillance is being celebrated and remembered at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  The exhibition includes first-hand accounts of the human drama and scientific discoveries of the journey. Expedition: Artic also describes the lasting impact of the 1913-1918 expedition on the Arctic landscape and the local people.
When: Now until April 15, 2012
Where: Canadian Museum of Civilization
Cost: Adults $12, students $10, children $8, families $30