Another Italian, bestselling cookbook author and celebrity chef David Rocco is hosting a very exclusive evening of food, starting with a cooking demonstration, then a meal and wine pairing designed by Rocco himself, and a book signing, 6 to 10 p.m., Divino Wine Studio,Canada Goose longue homme 225 Preston St. Tickets: $300 (boh!?!), and we are told includes a special gift … of gold? Nadia Bozak, another writer but this time of fiction, and also professor of English at Carleton, is launching her book Thirteen Shells tonight, even though we reviewed it last month. This book tells the funny and poignant story of the life experiences of Shell, a precocious child of hippie parents, who we first meet at age five and then at a different age in each chapter, until she is ready to head off to university, 7 p.m., Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave. octopusbooks.ca.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival opens tonight ,Canada Goose longue homme and our picks for today include Lovely Lady Lump by award-winning comedian and puppeteer Lana Schwarcz (she trained with Jim Henson), who this time turns her comic touch to her breast cancer diagnosis (9 p.m., Arts Court); the return of infectious academic Keir Cutler who this time lectures his Shakespeare Crackpot theory: that Shakespeare wrote none of his plays (6:30 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne); also Best Picture, in which three comedians take on every single Oscar-winning best picture — that’s every single one, with impressions, (10 p.m., Studio Léonald Beaulne).

Other notable pieces to see this year include 2 For Tea, a comedy ostensibly by two Englishmen (they’re actually Canadian,Canada Goose longue homme though do come from British Columbia) that is premiering here but has won numerous prizes at other festivals, and Laser Kiwi, a collection of circus and comedy pieces that did not make it into the performers’ other shows— or, much like the Laser Kiwi flag for New Zealand that garnered much popularity, their “best worst ideas.” ottawafringe.com