This weekend an improv festival kicks off, the DuWest Art Crawl returns, a burlesque show gets inspiration from a gothic filmmaker, an orchestral concert quenches your musical thirst, and more.
IMPROV: If you yearn for the years of classic improv (the Whose Line is it Anyway? and older SNL era), here’s something that might tickle that funny bone. The Big City Improv Festival is a week-long event that brings together some of the best improv artists in the city, along with former SNL alum Jerry Minor, Steve Little from Eastbound & Down, Torontoist favourites The National Theatre of the World, and much more. Friday to October 20, locations, times, and ticket prices vary.
ART CRAWL: Do you ever tire of wandering galleries by yourself, unsure of the pace or direction from which you should view the art? Well, tire no more. The 2nd Annual DuWest Art Crawl is offering guided tours of local galleries: you’ll be given introductions to each exhibit and then a chance to wander yourself. Plus, each tour begins and ends at a cafe or local bar—just like the life of a real artist. Saturday, Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery, (1348 Dundas Street West), tours start at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., FREE.
BOOKS: Another weekend, another instalment of the reading/author series Impossible Words. This week’s edition features Kristyn Dunnion (author of The Dirt Chronicles), and Anand Mahadevan (author of The Strike). As always, the readings and interview will be followed by a Q&A, open mic, and a PWYC lunch. Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue), Saturday, 1:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Think you’ve got what it takes to spin a record so hard you can turn a night club into a roller derby? Well, hurry and sign up for the latest Everyone’s a DJ, a night where you too can show off your curating abilities and musical taste. If nothing else, it’s still an awesome bash to go to even if you aren’t up for DJing. Disgraceland (965 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: It’s probably safe to say that when Tim Burton released his now-classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, he didn’t think it would inspire a burlesque show. The Underground Peepshow continues to prove Rule 34 (“if it exists, there is a pornographic version of it”) with The Nightmare Before Stripmas: An Evening of Burlesque—a night of sexy and possibly very gothic performances. One has to wonder what would happen if they ever took on James and the Giant Peach. The Projection Booth Metro (677 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., $20.
MUSIC: Toronto music lovers may already be anxiously awaiting Flying Lotus’ set at the Danforth Music Hall, but if you haven’t stretched your classical music muscles in a while, here’s a different show for you. My Life on Earth and Elsewhere is a concert that features a variety of pieces including the world premiere of Wolf Returns by R. Murray Schafer. There will also be an interview with Schafer and a book signing before the show. Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 7 p.m., ticket prices vary.
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