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Weekend Planner: February 11–12, 2012

This weekend, Harry Potter fans are in for a treat with a new show; an erotic crafts show gives you some alternative Valentine's Day gift ideas; comedic giant The Nerdist takes to the stage; a Bob Marley birthday tribute; and much more.

Buy a loved one something sexy at the Sixth Annual Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair! Image courtesy of Come As You Are.

THEATRE: With the recent revelation that Daniel Radcliffe was drunk while filming scenes in the Harry Potter flicks, one can only wonder how much alcohol was involved in the creation of this brand new theatre show, Potted Potter — The Unauthorised Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff. This Monty Python–esque performance comes all the way from London’s West End and aims to condense all seven Harry Potter books into one viewable sitting. There will be many costumes, many songs, and even audience participation in the form of Quidditch! Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street). Saturday to March 4, times and ticket prices vary.

ARTS AND CRAFTS: So far, this February’s been one of the warmest in recent memory. If you’re looking to turn up the heat even more, you might consider the 6th annual Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair. Instead of buying your significant other chocolate and flowers for V-day, perhaps some erotic artwork is precisely what your relationship’s been missing? Gladstone Hotel, ballroom (1214 Queen Street W.). Saturday, 12 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.

CHOCOLATE: So you’re a month deep into your New Year’s resolution to exercise more and burn off all that holiday fat. In other words, you probably deserve a break. Turn up your taste buds to their highest settings and get ready to embark on a tour of sweets and chocolates. This excursion will take you through Kensington Market as you get to sample a smorgasbord of goodies. Saturday, 2–4 p.m., $30 adults, $10 kids.

COMEDY: When a comedian has to cancel his show because he received an invitation to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, you know he’s got to be good. Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist, is that comedian, and he’ll be bringing the laughs to the Comedy Bar this weekend. And if you’re trying to get a sense of what his show might be like, check out The Nerdist Podcast—a top-10 comedy podcast on the iTunes chart. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street W.). Saturday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $20.

MUSIC: Immortal reggae legend Bob Marley, who can still be found on dorm-room walls and wedding-reception playlists everywhere, would have turned 67 on February 6. NuFunk is hosting a tribute bash that will include such Toronto reggae acts as Kidd Rasta & The Peacemakers, I-Sax, and DJ Chocolate. All performers will be playing the classic hits from Marley’s deep catalogue. The El Mocambo (464 Spadina Ave.). Saturday, 9 p.m., $10 (with canned food donation).

CLASSICAL MUSIC: If you’re looking for a gateway to understanding classical music, then look no farther. Music & Truffles seeks to explore the great mysteries of music, focusing on Beethoven for this particular instalment. The event is geared at the younger crowd—but it’s not a requirement to bring a kid! You’ll still get a truffle. Walter Hall (80 Queens Park). Sunday, 1:15–2:15 p.m., $12.

VIDEO GAME MUSIC: Here comes the nostalgia. Bouncing plumbers and super-fast hedgehogs abound in The Lost Levels: Video Game Music Night at Crawford, an event that takes the soundtrack of your youth and spins it out for a night of epic DJ remixes and drink specials. Crawford Bar (718 College St.). Sunday, 10 p.m., FREE.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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