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THEATRE: The Canadian Stage Company has added Rep 21’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore as its alternative holiday show this month. Which isn’t to say that the play is holiday-themed in any way. Written by Martin McDonagh (the fiery wit behind last year’s In Bruges), the story revolves around the return home of Irish Liberation Army enforcer Padraic and his attempt to find out who killed his beloved cat, Wee Thomas. The play, helmed by veteran stage director Rod Carley, opens tonight and runs until December 12. Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $20.
PHOTOGRAPHY: A while back we featured a glimpse of one couple’s 1970s gastronomic vacation in the south of France, and the resulting photography exhibit. The exhibition shifts into a new gear with “Provence People 1951–1961,” a retrospective of earlier photographs taken by Toni Harting when he was travelling through France as a musician. The vintage era photographs capture everyday moments of French citizens going about their sunny Mediterranean lives. Torontoist will be dropping by the opening tonight to have a look at the new show and to (re)meet Toni Harting, who will be there to introduce his work. The Department Gallery Mainspace (1389 Dundas Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
CRAFTS: The original showroom floor of the Burroughes Building opens for a four-day Holiday Pop-Up Shop of Toronto designers and craftspersons. The launch begins with the revealing of the temporary holiday window display, and is followed by an opening party with pianist Todor Kobakov. The store, filled with handmade clothing, food specialties, home design items, and more will be open through Sunday—see the Burroughes blog for the store schedule. Burroughes Building Showroom (639 Queen Street West), 4–9 p.m. (party 6 p.m.), FREE.
LECTURE: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority launches the first night of the new “Lake Ontario Evenings” speakers series with a talk from Peter Annin, author of The Great Lakes Water Wars. The series intends to focus on the troubled Lake Ontario, and offer a look at what local projects are doing to make things better. Tonight Annin will address the challenges of protecting the Great Lakes basin, and what he found during his research of the water rights conflict history. Organizers also promise the opportunity to have a say in the upcoming Don River Fisheries Management Plan renewal. Tumour-riddled salmon, anyone? Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30–9 p.m., FREE.