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Weekend Planner: August 16-17, 2014

In this Weekend Planner: a downtown Yogathon, an undead car wash, and girls who rock.

Get your stretch on at Yonge-Dundas Square for a good cause at Yogathon. Image courtesy of Yogathon Toronto.

  • Sports: The world is about to get a whole lot mellower this Saturday, thanks to Yogathon, which is taking over 43 different cities. Grab your mat and head to Yonge-Dundas Square to participate in this day of stretching and sun salutations with other yoga-loving Torontonians. You’ll have fun, get a great workout, and meet new friends—and rest easy in the knowledge that proceeds from the event will go to Care for Children, a charity that provides education for the less fortunate youth of India. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), Saturday at 10 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Performing Arts: They’ve veered left of mainstream and honed their crafts, and now our city’s most distinctive models, photographers, and makeup and tattoo artists are to be celebrated at the inaugural Alternative People’s Choice Awards. As the hardware is handed out to the best in each category, 25 lovely ladies will compete for the Miss Pinup Canada crown, showing off their talents, smarts, and vintage style. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 8 p.m., $20. Details
  • Offbeat: What good are zombies if we can’t get them to do a little grunt work? For a small fee, you can get the undead to spiff up your vehicle at the Bloods and Suds Zombie Car Wash. Pay a bit extra, and you’ll get the full blood treatment (and you know you want that). All proceeds will help fund the Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade on October 25. Classic Coin Car Wash (1286 College Street), Sunday at 12 p.m., $10-$15. Details
  • Music: Do you think you’re pretty talented? Are you happy with what you’ve accomplished in your life so far? Well, you may re-evaluate all of this after checking out the Girls Rock Camp Showcase. In just one week, campers between the ages of eight and 16 learn how to play an instrument, form a band, write a song, and record a track, which they then perform for their friends, family, and soon-to-be fans. Warning: minds will be blown. TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), Sunday at 3 p.m., $5 for kids, $10 for adults. Details
  • Sports: Is there any better way to spend a Sunday than watching sweaty dudes bodyslam each other? Okay, maybe there is, but it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. Victory Commonwealth Wrestling is back for Summer Fever, which promises to be a family friendly afternoon of old-school roughhousing. Watch as CW Commonwealth Openweight Champion Chunk E Fresh takes on Anthony Fiasco, and “The Professional” Jaxon Jarvis goes after the undefeated Scarborough Strangler. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), Sunday at 4 p.m., $15 + fees. 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
  • Film: You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.

    Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, . Details

  • Art: Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. The displays are organized by themes relating to Anishinaabe concepts of place and spirituality, and how they interact with the outside world. One of the most intriguing themes is “cottager colonialism,” which suggests that the colonization of indigenous land continues by way of vacationing tourists. Political statements are scattered throughout the exhibition, from Nadia Myre’s bead-covered pages of the Indian Act to the use of historical indigenous status documents in Robert Houle’s “Premises” series. Floral beaded bags and leggings, meanwhile, provide inspiration for the contemporary paintings of Christi Belcourt, an Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award recipient. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $19.50 (included with general adult admission). Details
  • Theatre: Only about two hours away from Toronto, madness is infiltrating the town of Stratford, Ontario—but fortunately, it’s the kind that produces delightful results. Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino has designed this year’s season around the theme “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge,” and explores it through everything from jukebox musicals to Shakespearean tragedies. And with the festival’s increasingly popular twice-daily bus service to and from downtown (in its second year), it’s easy to get a taste of what the mania is all about. Here’s Torontoist‘s take on a sampling of this year’s festival offerings—Ira Glass and his opinions notwithstanding, a whole lot of people would welcome a chance to spend some time with the Bard and some of Canada’s most esteemed artists. Multiple venues, all day, $25–$133. Details
  • Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West). Details
  • Performing Arts: If you were to tell a sandwich artist to give you “the works,” you’d end up with a delicious concoction overflowing with a wide range of tastes and textures. The SummerWorks Performance Festival can be described in the same manner. Over the course of 10 days, multiple venues across the city will be flooded with plays, musical performances, and other artistic productions. As a primarily juried showcase, SummerWorks brings the best and most creatively courageous pieces to the stages. Multiple venues, all day and all day, $10-$20 per ticket. Details
  • Photography: Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August. Izzy Gallery (106 Yorkville Avenue), Saturday at 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: If the thought of battling crowds at the Aquarium has you feeling a little crabby, may we suggest an underwater voyage of a different kind? Bring the kids (or your adult friends, whatever) to the Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. The classic story of a whimsical mermaid, a land-living prince, and her desire to be part of his world has been specially adapted for younger audiences, and will only be onstage this August. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), Saturday at 11 a.m.,2:30 p.m.,7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.,2:30 p.m., $29.99- $59.99. Details
  • Comedy: After leaving its Danforth location in 2011 to become performing (and training) nomads (most recently, with a long-term residency at Comedy Bar), improv company Bad Dog Theatre has finally settled in a new home near Bloor and Ossington. With Comedy Bar and the Storefront Theatre just a block away, Bad Dog’s arrival turns the strip into a destination for comedy of all kinds. To celebrate its new performance space and training centre, the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre Launch Week will feature tons of special guests nightly, including Vancouver’s Sunday Service, Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage, and, of course, the Bad Dog Repertory Company. Early 7 p.m. shows are free, followed by two nights with headliners, and every night ending in a late-night party or showcase event. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (875 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 7 p.m., FREE-$50. Details
  • Film: Drive-in cinemas are so last century! Make the most of our city’s fabulous harbour with the Sail-in Cinema. Three consecutive nights bring a trio of acclaimed films to seafaring (lakefaring?) movie buffs via a giant floating screen. But what about the landlubbers, you ask? They won’t be left out—the screen is two-sided and can be viewed comfortably from Sugar Beach. Jaws kicks things off on August 14th, followed by Jurassic Park (August 15), and E.T. (August 16). Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive), Saturday at 8:45 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Film: There’s a moment in the 2002 Academy Award telecast where the camera pans across the crowd during a standing ovation for the freshly minted Best Director winner Ron Howard and finds, standing in the aisle together with conspiratorial grins on their faces, none other than David Lynch and Robert Altman, a pair of high-profile losers who the comparatively green Howard had just bested. Altman never won that competitive Oscar before his death in 2006 (though he did get an honorary award in 2001), but even more so than Lynch he’s become a bellwether of quality American filmmaking—a roguish sort who brought an idiosyncratic authorial signature to studio films in the 1970s. Tied to the upcoming release of Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann’s profile of the late filmmaker, TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective “Company Man: The Best of Robert Altman” is a fine introduction, screening 18 of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s most important works. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Sunday at 6:45 p.m., Prices vary. Details
  • Music: It’s going to be hard adhering to the “day of rest” idea this summer, with Sunday Serenades taking over Mel Lastman Square every weekend. Your toes will tap, your fingers will snap, and before you know it you’ll be dancing up a storm to some of the most talented big bands in the GTA. Check out Sophisticated Swing (July 13), the Mississauga Swing Band (July 20), the Toronto All-Star Big Band (July 27), the Bob Cary Orchestra (August 3), the Metro Big Band (August 10), and the Swing-Shift Big Band (August 17). Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street), Sunday at 7 p.m., FREE. Details

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