The Old Book and Paper Show

  • Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)
  • 10 a.m.

Do you enjoy the fine feel and look of all things vintage? If so, unleash your inner antiquarian and prepare yourself for the Old Book and Paper Show. This year’s event features many dealers of rare and antiquarian books, plus vendors selling assorted other paper items, including land grants, pulp fiction, nearly 100,000 postcards, comic books, movie posters, stills, old magic books, and plenty more.

Details: The Old Book and Paper Show

The Shepard Show, A Free Film Screening Series

  • Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Here’s your chance to a) check out a free film and b) test your knowledge as a film buff. The Shepard Show is a film screening series that’ll be showing a new flick each week up until the opening of The Playwright Project festival in May. On the agenda are Steel Magnolias (April 7), Hamlet (April 14), Swordfish (April 21), and The Notebook (April 28). Be prepared for team trivia as well with a chance to win film- and theatre-related prizes.

Details: The Shepard Show, A Free Film Screening Series

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I Thought There Were Limits

Kika Thorne's Singularity. Photo by Scott Massey, courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Kika Thorne's Singularity. Photo by Scott Massey, courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

  • Justina M Barnicke Gallery (7 Hart House Circle)
  • All day

When’s the last time you attempted to reconceptualize the dimensions of space? If it’s been a while, you might consider checking out a new exhibition called I Thought There Were Limits, which aims to do just that. This particular exhibit is unique in that the artwork forms a relationship with the site itself (in this case, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery). The work on display is brought to you by curator Julia Abraham (as part of the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto). The artists include Karen Henderson, Yam Lau, Gordon Lebredt, Kika Thorne, and Josh Thorpe.

Details: I Thought There Were Limits

Toronto Silent Film Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

It’s been over a year since modern silent film The Artist took home the Oscar for best picture, and with it came a renewed surge of interest in the genre. Which brings us to the Toronto Silent Film Festival, back for its fourth year. The theme of this year’s lineup is the individual versus society, and classic films from around the world have been gathered for the occasion, including The Passion of Joan of Arc and Tokyo Chorus.

Details: Toronto Silent Film Festival

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

Actors Alice Moran and Patrick Whalen spoof blockbuster novel Fifty Shades of Grey in Spank!  The Fifty Shades Parody. Photo by Paul Schnaittacher.

Actors Alice Moran and Patrick Whalen spoof blockbuster novel Fifty Shades of Grey in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. Photo by Paul Schnaittacher.

  • Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)
  • 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody stars Anne-Marie Scheffler, Patrick Whalen, and Alice Moran—one of our 2012 Heroes of the Year. Since the show’s Toronto debut, it’s toured across the United States; Moran’s been writing a blog about the experience, “Good Times, America“, for Toronto’s She Does the City blog. Spank! returns here to its creator’s hometown for five encore performances this weekend.

Details: Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

The Whipping Man

  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)
  • 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

The Whipping Man is a 2011 John Gassner New Play Award–winning play that’s set during Passover in 1865. The show tells the tale of a confederate officer who has returned home after the Civil War to find his family missing, but two former slaves remaining. While waiting for the family’s return, the concepts of master and slave, and those of slavery and war, are explored. Directed by Philip Akin and starring Sterling Jarvis, Brett Donahue, and Thomas Olajide.

(Bonus tip: you can save 25 per cent off tickets to the March 16 and April 4 shows by buying them through Toronto-based publisher Bookclub-in-a-Box.)

Details: The Whipping Man

The Meme-ing of Life

The Second City cast take a minute to check their Twitters.

The Second City cast take a minute to check their Twitters.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 7:30 p.m.

If there’s one thing that’s particularly impressive about Second City’s new mainstage show, The Meme-ing of Life, it’s how well balanced it is.

As the title implies, Meme-ing is nominally a show about the internet, and certainly there is a fair bit of internet-centric humour. (One sketch, about a boy who falls into a YouTube-induced coma that can only be cured by reading, is particularly on point.) That said, it isn’t just a series of jokes about cat videos. Instead, it’s a well-thought-out show that manages to offer something for pretty much everyone, without stretching itself too thin.

Details: The Meme-ing of Life is an Epic Win