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Weekend Planner: May 31-June 1, 2014

In this Weekend Planner: a festival of burgers, a festival of bikes, and a stroll through the heart of the city.

  • Technology: Isn’t it about time you learned the basics of this whole Internet thing? After all, it’s probably not going away any time soon. Sign up for HTML and CSS for Beginners with Camp Tech, and get a competitive edge on those young whippersnappers who basically live online. Even if you come in clueless, you’ll leave with an understanding of how to create and manage web content and layout. No previous experience is necessary—just be sure to register in advance, and bring your own laptop. Did we mention you’ll get a catered lunch out of the deal too? Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue), Saturday at 10 a.m., $149 + fees and taxes. Details
  • Outdoors: Our city has music, food, dog, film, and fashion festivals—isn’t time we gave some love to the bicycles? Trinity Bellwoods Park plays host to MEC Bikefest for one day only, promoting and celebrating all things bike. Bring yours down for a free tune-up, participate in clinics and seminars, pick up new gear, and much more. Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford Street), Saturday at 11 a.m., FREE admission, $5 for clinics and $10 for rides + tax. Details
  • Music: The folks behind the Pinball Sessions aren’t just crazy about arcade games—they also love music. That’s why they decided to round up some of their favourite up-and-coming artists to make unique, live-off-the-floor recordings to be streamed by other music lovers. Now, they’re celebrating their one-year anniversary the only way they know how: with a show. Come out and party to the sounds of Eamon McGrath, Badminton Racquet, Blastronaut, and more. The Handlebar (159 Augusta Avenue), Saturday at 9 p.m., $10. Details
  • Food: It’s a fact: the only way to end Burger Week is to put on one big Burger Day grill-fest. Bring your appetite to Fort York, where some of Toronto’s best restaurants are converging to cook up slider versions of their special burger recipes. Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard), Sunday at 12 p.m., $20, FREE for kids under 12. Details
  • History: You might pass through it every day, but how well do you know the Heart of Toronto? Spend your Sunday afternoon on a ROMwalk through the area, focusing mostly on Nathan Phillips Square, old and new City Halls, and nearby historic sites. See the architecture with new eyes, while learning about two centuries’ worth of civic, political, and legal situations that have taken place in these buildings. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), Sunday at 2 p.m., FREE. Details

Ongoing…

  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Art: “The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon

    “In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore

    These quotations, which welcome visitors to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $25 adults. Details

  • Film: Now in its 24th year, the Inside Out festival offers an eclectic mix of LGBT-themed films from Canada and around the world. Setting up shop at venues ranging from the TIFF Bell Lightbox to Videofag, the festival mixes screenings, panel discussions, and receptions for equal parts edification and entertainment—all in the name of “challenging attitudes and changing lives.” Multiple venues, all day, . Details
  • Theatre: If you’re in the mood for a murder mystery with a religious twist, you’ll want to check out The Last Confession. David Suchet (Poirot) and Richard O’Callaghan star in this play about the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. After only 33 days in office, and having warned three cardinals that they would be replaced, he is found dead. Though the Vatican refuses to open an official investigation, Cardinal Benelli goes out in search of the truth. Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m., $35–$119. Details
  • Theatre: Meet Dean—he’s climbed the military ladder, fought in Afghanistan, and made it safely home. But home is no longer where the heart is. A dark comedy, Dead Metaphor puts a humorous spin on the difficulties of postwar life as Dean returns to a pregnant ex-wife, a lack of job prospects, and the realization that there is no place for him in the real world. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.,7 p.m., $19–$79. Details
  • Performing Arts: Few fads have stood the test of time quite so well as dance movies from the 1980s. Now, one of the best films from this era has been adapted for the stage. Flashdance—The Musical revisits the story of a young female steel welder with a desire to dance, set to a score of iconic songs such as “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” and many more. Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria Avenue), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.,6:30 p.m., $36–$130. Details
  • Performing Arts: This post is going to upset as many people as it will intrigue, but here goes! The Toronto Festival of Clowns is back for its ninth year of painting the town’s noses red, bringing five days of performance art. These aren’t your typical birthday clowns; programming at the Pia Boulman School and the Brockton Collective ranges from bouffon acts to dating games and from dramatic pieces to puppet shows, and will feature special appearances by Morro and Jasp, and Mullet the Zombie Clown. Multiple venues, Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., $15 per show, $65 for 5-show pass, $110 for 10-show pass. Details
  • Theatre: Outside the March seems to be Toronto’s favourite indie theatre company. Director Mitchell Cushman built up quite a buzz after consecutive hits Mr. Marmalade and Terminus, both of which were praised for their unconventional use of space (the former was set in a kindergarten classroom, the latter placed both the actors and the audience on the stage of the Royal Alexandra Theatre), so his next project had been highly anticipated. Vitals, written by Rosamund Small, was the first script for Outside the March developed specifically for a site-specific space, and its original run had to be extended even before opening night. Then, only a few days into the run, it was extended again to June 1. And though Vitals isn’t the best show in Outside the March’s history, there’s a reason that tickets have been flying. 149 Roncesvalles Avenue (149 Roncesvalles Avenue), Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:45 p.m.,7:15 p.m., $25–$30. Details
  • Music: Small World Music Society is celebrating Asian and South Asian Heritage Month with the Asian Music Series. Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion, Sultans of String, Jonita Gandhi, and Shafqat Amanat Ali are among the many talented artists who will perform in venues across the city throughout April and May. Multiple venues, Saturday at 8 p.m., $12–$109. Details
  • Theatre: If we’ve learned anything from slasher flicks, it’s that having sex leads to death. Returning to the stage to mark its 25th anniversary, Brad Fraser’s Love and Human Remains pursues this dark train of thought. Set in Edmonton, the play tells the story of a bunch of sexually frustrated and dysfunctional twenty- and thirty-somethings grappling with life and love, while a killer lurks in their midst. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), Saturday at 8 p.m., $20 + fees. Details

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