Endlessly debated and argued over since its first episode, Lena Dunham’s Girls wrapped up its second season this week, and the folks at The Beaver, who are big fans, are celebrating. They’re kicking off with a marathon viewing of both seasons starting at 6 p.m. Afterward, they’ll be playing both official and unofficial selections from the show’s soundtrack late into the night.
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
Lovers of photography and the city can rejoice at a new photo extravaganza: the Toronto Urban Photography Festival. This gigantic event features no less than 10 exhibitions, a variety of talks on the subject of urban photography, and a number of photo walks, so you too can get in on the practice of creating urban art. The exhibition also features the Disposable Camera Project, which places many disposable cameras around the city, leaving it up to whoever finds them to take a picture in the moment. And then you might possibly see the results in the festival.
What might we see through the eyes of a child? ChildSight tries to answer that question by pairing selected artwork with audio commentary from children who participate in the Kaleidoscope in-school art program. The opening reception on Thursday, March 21st also includes awards presentations, drinks, and, of course, a chance to check out the show itself.
The Toronto Storytelling Festival returns for another year. The week-long event will take place at venues across the city. Subject matter will range from politics, to kids’ stuff, to guilty pleasures, and sexual desire.
Veteran comedy troupe The Illustrated Men—Bruce Hunter, Adrian Truss, and David Huband—have been performing live sketch and improv together since 1987. They’re playing a three-week residency on Mondays this March at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. March 4 their guests are Linda Kash, and Aurora Browne; March 18 they’re joined by Tony Rosato, Carolyn Scott, Bob Wiseman and a mystery musical guest. (The March 11 instalment is already sold out, however—unsurprising, since that’s when they welcome Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath.) Reservations can be made over the phone at (416) 845-9411.
Nightwood Theatre’s annual festival of new creation, the Groundswell Festival, this year features a reading of a new play by Judith Thompson, productions from Montreal’s Odelah Creations and Halifax’s In Good Company, and nightly readings and events, including their annual Femcab Women’s Day Celebration.