This weekend: join the countdown to Chinese New Year, start Valentine's Day early at an erotic fair, get your groove on at a Bob Marley tribute show, and more.
CHINESE NEW YEAR: Looking forward to fireworks in February? Then you’ll probably want to gather with many of your fellow Torontonians as they ring in the Chinese New Year this weekend. While there are many places across the city to celebrate the year of the snake, some of the key events include all-day festivities at Scarborough Town Centre and a discounted trip to the Toronto Zoo for kids. Saturday and Sunday, times and locations vary.
ART FAIR: Struggling to find the perfect something for your significant other? Consider trying your luck at the Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair, which will feature a wealth of sexy crafts and art that you might enjoy come Valentine’s Day. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE (unless you buy stuff).
READING: The great reading series “Impossible Words” returns for its latest instalment, with award-winning fantasy author Charles de Lint. De Lint will be reading from his most recent effort, Under My Skin (which won the World Fantasy Award). The event will also feature readings from two members of Toronto Street Writers, a local youth writing group. Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue), Saturday, 12:30–2:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Wondering where to spend some of your Black History Month? The 7th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley would be a pretty good start. The night, hosted by House of David Gang, will focus on hits from throughout Marley’s career, including immortal numbers like “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Exodus,” and “No Woman No Cry.” Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street), Saturday, 9 p.m., $10 with non-perishable canned food donation, $15 without.
CHOCOLATE: Join Dr. Dérick Rousseau, head of Ryerson’s Food Research Lab, as he explains the sensory impact of chocolate in a talk called “Why Chocolate Melts in Your Mouth And Not In Your Hand.” The event is part of the Royal Canadian Institute lecture series. Macleod Auditorium, U of T Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle), Sunday, 3 p.m., FREE.
FILM: If you’re tired of the same old cinema experience, consider spicing things up a bit with this screening of the 1927 silent film “IT,” accompanied by a live piano score. Composer/pianist Robert Bruce will be soundtracking the film with his own original music. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $15.
THEATRE: Talk Is Free Theatre is staging a fundraiser performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The twist? All of the roles will be played by Toronto theatre critics and other members of the arts community. Among the critics being featured is the Globe and Mail‘s J. Kelly Nestruck (playing Charlie Brown). Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), Sunday, 8 p.m., $30.
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