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Peter N. Bailey, Clinton Walker, and Ron Kennell in Romeo and Juliet at Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. Photo by Chris Gallow.
G20: With the music of sound cannons ringing in your ears and a strong likelihood of being frisked and interrogated when you go out to buy milk, chances are you’ll want to be as far away from the downtown core as possible this weekend. Our Planner offers plenty of options to the north, east, and west, but wherever you are this weekend, be sure to check Torontoist’s live coverage of the summit, protests, and general G20 happenings. Here, all weekend, FREE.
NON-G20: Sure, everyone is getting grumpy about all the things the G20 is ruining. But lots of places will be doing business as usual this weekend. Among the things the G20 is NOT ruining are the ROM (100 Queen’s Park West), which opens China’s Terracotta Army exhibit this weekend; the Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), which recently installed a new Conservation Carousel; and Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), which offers a discounted $20 admission during the G20. Heritage Toronto walks continue (see here for a schedule), and Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) will be open and hosting a free Twilight-themed lunar eclipse event on Saturday (yay?). Finally, while St. Lawrence Market will host a reduced number of farmers this weekend, it will be open on Saturday, while the hundred-plus vendors at Sunday’s Antique Market will brave the summit and operate normally (92 Front Street East).
CYCLING: Deep in the heart of the Don Valley lives a green oasis in the form of the Evergreen Brick Works, a community environmental centre that has transformed the heritage buildings of the former Don Valley Brick Works into a hub of sustainable design. The bike trails leading to the centre are just as lovely as the destination itself, and Evergreen is sweetening the deal this Saturday by rewarding all cyclists who visit the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market with a free breakfast, not to mention the pick of the fresh fruits and veggies for sale. See here for cycling trail maps through the Don. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
FILM: If anyone can thrust the rollicking hijinks of an old Western into the midst of an interplanetary civil war, it’s cult-TV wunderkind Joss Whedon. And for one shining TV season, he did, until his beloved Firefly was unceremoniously cancelled by Fox in 2002. Three years later, in 2005, Whedon brought the dashing Mal Reynolds and his ragtag crew of misfits to the big screen to wrap up their story in Serenity. This weekend, Can’t Stop the Serenity celebrates the film’s five-year anniversary. Proceeds will go to Whedon’s favourite charity, Equality Now, and there will be door prizes, merchandise, and an auction. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Saturday 11:30 a.m., $12/advance, $15/door.
THEATRE: With a canopy of trees as its theatre, a grassy hill as its seats, and stars and the moon providing the lighting, CanStage’s Dream in High Park is one of Toronto’s most delightful summer traditions. It returns this year with Romeo and Juliet, in which Christine Horne (of last year’s The Stone Angel) and Shaw Festival alum Jeff Irving will wax poetic until September 5. The new production frames the story of warring families as a play-within-a-play; it emerges as a diversion for a bored group of travelling actors delayed at a train station in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. High Park Amphitheatre (Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue), Saturday and Sunday 8 p.m., PWYC, $20/suggested donation (kids under 14 free).
KIDS: Just because they’re too young to go dancing on Ossington and too pure to be jaded and cynical doesn’t mean that kids can’t be cool too. So say the organizers of Totstock ’10, described as a “festival of kid-friendly indie culture.” The fest will feature tunes from indie acts like Bellwoods Trinity and The Monkey Bunch, readings from top indie authors like Lana Button (Willow’s Whispers) and Patricia Storms (The Pirate and the Penguin), plus food, games, yoga, dress-up, nature walks, and bike-decorating sessions. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s hipsters, folks. Treat them well. Sorauren Park (Sorauren and Wabash avenues), Sunday 2 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Pride is on its way, and all true Torontonians know what that means: nudity. Everything is done naked at this time of year, and reading is no exception. Skin Tight Outta Sight will kick off Pride Week with Naked Girls Reading, which is…exactly what it sounds like. The sexy sirens will drop their usual G-strings and pasties for this special occasion, and will be joined by real-life couple and artists Trixie & Beever. This weekend’s reading’s theme is queer lit, featuring classic quips from Oscar Wilde in addition to more contemporary selections like Zoe Whittall‘s Holding Still for as Long as Possible, Leslie Feinberg‘s Stone Butch Blues, Kristyn Dunnion‘s Mosh Pit, and Ken Brand’s The Bathhouse Suite. The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue), Sunday 8–10 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), $15, $25 for a couple.