This weekend: a bike show rolls into town, create your own game at the annual Board Game Jam, a tribute to Nijinsky, and more.
BIKES: Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to put away that bicycle. The 27th annual Toronto International Bicycle Show invites all riders to come out for a weekend of bikes, bikes, and more bikes. There will be a BMX jam, over 150 exhibitors, a test-ride zone, and “extreme trial” demonstrations. Better Living Centre (Exhibition Place), Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m., $13.
MUSIC: Two performances for the price of one? Yes, please. Over at the Extension Room, they’re hosting a double bill that includes a performance of György Kurtág’s “Kafka-Fragments” (it’s based on excerpts from Franz Kafka’s letters and diaries). The second show is a song cycle called “The Diary of One Who Disappeared.” It tells the tale of a son who leaves home to be with a gypsy woman. The Extension Room (30 Eastern Avenue), 8 p.m., $30.
GAMES: If you’ve ever wanted to create your own board game, now’s your chance. The annual Board Game Jam is back. On Saturday afternoon participants will make their own games. On Sunday, they’ll play the ones others have made. There will also be a discussion on game design and game making prior to the main event. Check out what we thought of last year’s edition. George Brown College (230 Richmond Street East), Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m., $20.
BALLET: Nijinsky is a tribute to the man himself, Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the greatest ballet artists. Choreographer John Neumeier will take audiences on a journey through Nijinsky’s world and his struggles. Also, don’t miss Ballet Talks, which will take place an hour before every performance for all ticket holders. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), runs Saturday to March 8th, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary.
CIRCUS: The latest edition of Lunacy Cabaret will focus on a very special theme: wigging out. (The organizers promise a wigs-on, no-pants party.) If you’ve never been, you’re in for a night of vaudeville and circus comedy that may or may not feature burlesque. Warning: the night is completely uncensored. Best to leave the kids at home for this circus. Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studio East (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., advance tickets $20.
MUSIC: Fill the musical gap in your weekend with a visit to Holy Oak‘s stellar Saturday lineup. The show features Dr. Ew (The Bicycles), Kevin Hearn (Bare Naked Ladies), and Laura Barrett (Hidden Cameras). Holy Oak (1241 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9:30 p.m., PWYC.
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