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Concept art from Teatro alla Scala’s upcoming performance of Die Walkure, to be broadcast live from Milan and screened at the AMC Yonge Dundas. Photo courtesy of Kevin McLean.
Today in Toronto: live opera from Italy, Brick Magazine visits bohemian Paris, and a super secret revue at the Dakota Tavern.
OPERA: Milan’s Teatro alla Scala may be one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, but its location across the Atlantic makes it woefully inaccessible to Toronto’s opera lovers. Seeking to solve this conundrum, local film distribution boutique D Films will be screening a live performance of Wagner’s Die Walkure, the second installation in the epic Ring Cycle. Broadcast live from Italy in German with English subtitles, this opportunity is a bargain given that Scala tickets can go for hundreds of dollars—and that’s not even counting the airfare. AMC Yonge Dundas (10 Dundas Street East), 11 a.m., $18.
FUNDRAISER: Brick Magazine is tipping its hat to the Moulin Rouge with Kiki’s Paris, the journal’s first annual fundraiser. Themed after the parties of Montparnasse in 1920s Paris, the soiree will be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi and feature musical guest Jill Barber. In addition to a who’s who of the Toronto literary scene, the invitation boasts both dubious shenanigans and impolitic diversions in true bohemian style. Shake your tailfeathers and rendezvous with the green fairy* in support of one of Canada’s longest running and most respected literary journals. *Attendance of green fairy not confirmed. The Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $75.
REVUE: It’s December, and that means that Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett is back to curate another round of the tantalizingly mysterious Basement Revue Series. For the fifth year running, this series will see Collett taking over the Dakota Tavern each Tuesday in December with a secret lineup of musicians, authors, poets, and other notables. The lineup isn’t announced until they take to the stage, with past events including everyone from rapper k-os to celebrity chef Michael P. Clive. With only seventy-five tickets available per night—twenty-five each at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and GalleryAC.com—space at the prestigious grab-bag show is at a premium. Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $25.