This weekend: Alice gets the ballet treatment, a massive poetry competition returns, a Hannah Montana producer drops by Monkey Toast, Toronto remembers its war heroes, and more.
BALLET: Curiouser and curiouser. Fans of cheshire cats and mad hatters are in for a treat starting this weekend. The National Ballet of Canada is opening its much-hyped production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which retells Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of a girl who fell down a rabbit hole and found a world turned upside down. Four Seasons Centre (145 Queen Street West), Runs Saturday to November 25, times and ticket prices vary.
DISCUSSION: One of the highlights from this past Nuit Blanche was the long-awaited opening of the Ryerson Image Centre. If you haven’t had a chance to check out its first exhibition, Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, now’s your chance to do that. At the same time, you can take in a discussion about the collection. The speakers will include Doina Popescu, Peggy Gale, Dot Tuer, and Jennifer Allen. And the event will be livestreamed, for those who can’t make it. Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street), Saturday, 1 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: This weekend’s cultural experience at Harbourfront Centre features Nagata Shachu, a Japanese drum-and-music group that will be performing its newest production, “Work Songs.” The event will feature taiko drums, flutes, dance, and colourful costumes. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), Saturday and Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.
COMEDY: Does Miley Cyrus listen to Jay-Z? When will her party in the U.S.A. come to an end? These questions stand a good chance of being floated at some point during the improvised talk show Monkey Toast. This week’s edition, called “Montana Cookies,” features Doug Lieblein, the executive producer of Hannah Montana. Another guest will be Smart Cookies co-founder Angela Self. Hosted by Ron Tite. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.
POETRY: The When Brothers Speak Spoken Word Concert features a whirlwind of Canadian talent, which should be more than enough to whet your poetic appetite. The event will include performances by Dwayne Morgan, Ritallin, Knowmadic, and Prufrock. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.
REMEMBRANCE DAY: There are only so many moments out of the year to honour those who gave their lives and their time to ensure the safety of this country. If you want to do more than give two minutes of silence at 11 a.m., why not attend a ceremony? Old City Hall (60 Queen Street West), Sunday, 10:45 a.m., FREE.
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