In today's UP: Queer relationships examined in a new art book and exhibition; two celebrity comics (both of whom happen to be queer) visit T.O.; and theatre, music, and performance of all kinds at the just-opened SummerWorks Festival.
EXHIBITION: The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives plays host to a dual book launch and photo exhibition opening for At The Same Time. The show and the book examine queer romantic relationships in three different parts of the world. Artists Steven Beckly and Dylan MacNeil of Toronto, Ted Kerr and Zachary Ayotte of New York, and Colin Quinn and Oisín Share of Manchester will be on hand to sign copies and answer questions about the intimate exhibit. Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (34 Isabella Street), 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: A couple of out of town (and out of the closet) comedians guest in Toronto this weekend. Interactive “audience involver” Heather Gold plays a one-night-only double bill with Toronto’s Mariko Tamaki tonight at the Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street, 7:30 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 at the door). Meanwhile, Todd Glass, the popular 30-year stand-up veteran—who casually came out on Marc Maron’s influential WTF podcast at the start of the year—returns to Comedy Bar for a weekend of stand-up sets, and a taping of his own podcast, The Todd Glass Show. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $20.
SUMMERWORKS: The 2012 SummerWorks Festival, running August 9 to 19 at several venues along Queen Street West, features a dizzying abundance of local, national, and even international theatre, performance art, music, and more. To help you zero in on the hottest events, we’ve previewed the Theatre Series, the Music Series, and the Live Art Series & Performance Bar. Prices and times vary; visit the festival website for more details.
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