This weekend: Come Up to My Room returns, a poetry concert brings female talent, Hudson the polar bear says goodbye, the Idle No More movement gets a theatrical adaptation, and more.
ART: Toronto Design Week is coming to a close, but not before the wildly popular Come Up To My Room returns to the Gladstone Hotel. Now in its tenth year, CUTMR features 25 installations and 40 artists from around the country. This year, some of the pieces will be outside the building. It should be sort of like a mini–Nuit Blanche, all in one place. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday and Sunday, times vary, FREE.
DESIGN: Speaking of Toronto Design Week, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival is almost over. You’ve only got a few more days to check out some of its great exhibitions. Among the ones that are closing on Sunday are In Limbo (creative furniture), Into the Light (an exploration of light), and Sorry, I’m Not Sorry, I’m Not a Jeweller (art-jewellery collection). Saturday and Sunday, locations and times vary, FREE.
POETRY: Lovers of poetry and spoken word can rejoice at the return of When Sisters Speak. The annual spoken word concert, now in its 13th year, features some of the best black female spoken word artists in North America, including Britta B, Tantra, Amani, Rai Renea, Jemeni, and d’bi young. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m.–11 p.m., $38–$48.
ZOO: Sad news for those who scour YouTube for cute polar bear videos. After this weekend, the Toronto Zoo’s one-year-old polar bear is leaving for his new home at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, meaning you’ve only got one more chance to say goodbye. Hudson, who now weighs 410 lbs., has become something of a celebrity. Hopefully, his departure isn’t too unbearable. Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), Sunday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $20.
COMEDY: The all-female comedy variety night Chicka Boom is returning for its first show of the New Year. The night will feature stand-up, solo, sketch, and character artists. Hosting duties fall, once again, to Laura Bailey and Jess Beaulieu. Oh, and the headliner? The Canadian great, Laurie Elliott! Free Times Cafe (320 College Street), Sunday, 8 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: The Idle No More movement has been sweeping the nation, and now it’s even working its way into pop culture. Wrecking Ball Toronto #14: Idle No More is political theatre “ripped from the zeitgeist.” There will also be a Hoop Dance performance by Arik Pipestem, and some songs from Cathy Elliot. Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East), Sunday, 8 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: If you’re looking for more comedy to close out your Sunday, you can’t go wrong with BLASTpipe! The Junction Comedy Show. This show contains a mix of improv, stand-up, and sketch artists. Hosted by Liz Jukovsky, the night will include performances from Tony Ho!, JerJosh and the SteveCams, PRIMO!, and CaCa and the KevJes’. 3030 (3030 Dundas Street West), Sunday, 8 p.m., $5.
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