In today's UP: the last weekend of a continuous screening of Christian Marclay's The Clock; Cycle Toronto's Derailed party; a last-chance theatre list; Asiansploitation's comic return; and Run With the Kittens' CD release party.
FILM: You should expect lineups at all hours of the day and night during the last weekend of a continuous showing of video artist Christian Marclay’s phenomenally popular assemblage project, The Clock. Trust us, the wait is worth it. The 24-hour film, comprised of thousands of short clips shot at corresponding times of day (and usually with a clock somewhere in the frame proving so), is an entrancing experience that many viewers watch for hours at a time. Harbourfront Centre Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West), Friday at 10 a.m–Sunday at 5 p.m., continuous showing, FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Cycle Toronto, the cycling advocacy group that has once again been thrust into the spotlight as a result of recent setbacks and gains, is looking to gather its members for a big bash tonight (especially those with lapsed memberships). Derailed: A Fundraiser Dance Party will also feature a silent auction with choice items like a bicycle from Bateman’s, and dinner with Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina). Handlebar (159 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE for Cycle Toronto Members, $5 for non-members. (Or $20–$30 to renew/buy membership, includes free drink.)
COMEDY: Proud of their heritage, skin colour, and comedy pedigree, the members of Asiansploitation return with their eighth sketch-comedy revue, Asiansploitation Goes Back… to Crack You Up! There will be a red carpet for this faux-awards show, with special correspondents interviewing attendees as they arrive. George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place), 8 p.m. (red carpet, 7:30 p.m.), $20.
THEATRE: Theatre openings come fast and furious at this time of year—and so, therefore, do closings. This weekend sees over a half-dozen shows dropping the curtain for the last time in their run. Here are a few we liked.
- We gave high marks to Soulpepper’s Alligator Pie, a “delightful array of music, magic, and mud” that will appeal to the young and young at heart. The Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane), to Sunday, December 9, check calendar for performance times, $23.
- It’s been 25 years since Theatre Columbus‘ slightly dark but altogether funny relationship comedy, Anger in Ernest & Ernestine, premiered in Toronto, and pivotal(arts) is marking that anniversary with a restaging of the popular play, starring Jennifer De Lucia and Daniel Stolfi. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. matinee, $10–$25.
- The Sacrifice Zone is not a closing per se, but a short weekend presentation. The play is a work-in-progress by Theatre Gargantua, in collaboration with Australian playwright Suzie Miller and her company The Uncertainty Principle. A full production is planned for fall of 2013. For now, two inquisitive audiences will see what the multimedia companies have been working on. Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street), Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., $20.
MUSIC: Fun-loving local popsters Run With the Kittens obviously love what they do, because they’re still going strong. Tonight, they release their sixth album, Letters From Camp. As part of the show, they’ve got openers New Country Rehab, and late-night closers Old n’ Broken Scene. 3030 (3030 Dundas Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $10. (Or $15, includes CD.)
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This post has been updated to reflect the new closing date of Soulpepper’s Alligator Pie which has been extended to run until December 9.