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Extra, Extra: Advance Polling Turnout, Where Advance Voters Turned Out, and Disappearing Bike Racks

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

Photo by Flickr user Robert Taylor.

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Rep Cinema This Week: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Tu dors Nicole, and Rosemary’s Baby

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto.

Still from The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

At rep cinemas this week: the newest and possibly final beautiful offering from Studio Ghibli, a touch of surrealism from French Canada, and Roman Polanski’s best paranoid thriller.

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A Hip-Hop Cain and Abel and the Journey of a Queer Single Mom

b current's afteRock Plays bring two promising solo shows to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Catherine Hernandez performs The Femme Playlist at Buddies in Bad Times. Photo by Alex Felipe.

Gangsta rap and Philippines folk dance have taken over Buddies in Bad Times. Toronto’s ever-inclusive LGBT theatre is currently hosting a pair of solo shows from the black-diaspora-serving b current company: a gritty “hip hopera” by Sébastien Heins and a saucy slice of autobiography by self-described “Filipino-Spanish-Chinese-Indian queer single mom” Catherine Hernandez.

The two pieces make up b current’s afteRock Plays, a showcase of new work originally tested in the company’s rock.paper.sistahz festival. Heins’s Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera is the more substantial of the pair—a 70-minute urban saga with a Cain and Abel theme. Hernandez’s The Femme Playlist, a mere 45 minutes, is lighter and less ambitious, depending mainly on some funny writing and the performer’s vibrant stage presence.

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Weekend Newsstand: October 18, 2014

Use your Saturday to head out and grab some of the last fleeting hours of sun and warmth before the cruel winter sets in, but read some news first: a longtime flag vendor at Yonge-Dundas Square has had his licence revoked, Olivia Chow will release the names of her campaign donors, and both Doug Ford and John Tory promise to fix public housing (without promising any money for the effort).

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