Thursday Night Bike Rides

  • Multiple venues
  • 6:15 p.m.

If you enjoy biking in the city (and of course you do) then get your wheels tuned up and join in Ward 29 Bikes’ weekly summer series, Thursday Night Rides. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to spin around neighbourhoods you might not normally explore on your own while getting to meet other like-minded cycling citizens. Be sure to check out their website for the starting point and schedule (also to get confirmation that the ride’s still a go due to weather, etc.).

Details: Thursday Night Bike Rides

First Thursdays: Vag Halen

  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

The AGO’s insanely popular First Thursdays is back for another night of music in the art gallery. This edition features feminist art rock band, Vag Halen, who’ll also be joined by Light Fires, and a DJ set by the Mighty Real DJs. Besides the music, there will be pop-up talks about artworks in the AGO, a chance to get into some karaoke, and so much more. Act fast with tickets, though; every First Thursday night has sold out since the event started.

Details: First Thursdays: Vag Halen

Ongoing…

Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit

  • 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

Canadian indie music label, Arts & Crafts, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they’re showing a new exhibition from Toronto photographer, Norman Wong. The exhibition features images of various artists over the years including Feist, Kevin Drew, Emily Haines, and many more. You’ll be able to buy a book of photography there and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Testicular Cancer Canada and MusiCounts.

Details: Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit

An Interview With Carmen Choreographer Davide Bombana

National Ballet of Canada Performers rehearse for Carmen.

National Ballet of Canada Performers rehearse for Carmen.

  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m.

Even if you aren’t familiar with the opera Carmen, chances are you’re familiar with at least some of its score (if you are, chances are equally strong that you’ll have a difficult time getting this melody out of your head today). Though initially a flop when it debuted in 1875, Carmen went on to enjoy critical acclaim and has since become one of the most performed operas of all time. It’s now omnipresent in popular culture.

Details: An Interview With Carmen Choreographer Davide Bombana

All Praise The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon
  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, and tickets for its Broadway run are rare and expensive.

Details: All Praise The Book of Mormon

The Script Tease Project

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 8 p.m.

Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram of The National Theatre of the World have created “an actor’s nightmare and a playwright’s dream” with The Script Tease Project. They’ve arranged for celebrated Canadian writers to pen the first two pages of a play, sealing them in an envelope afterwards. Then, on stage in front of an audience, the envelope is opened, the pages read cold, and a completely improvised play is born! A new writer’s work will be featured every night of the showcase.

Details: The Script Tease Project

The Barber of Seville is Not the Sharpest Shave

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 8 p.m.

In 1996, Theatre Columbus premiered playwright Michael O’Brien’s “freely adapted” take on the famous Beaumarchais play The Barber of Seville, which was written in 1775. O’Brien’s version mixed in music from the 1816 opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, as well as original tunes by composer John Millard. The adaptation also propelled the story forward a couple centuries, with pop culture references galore. With Theatre Columbus co-founder Leah Cherniak at the helm, the musical ended the season with six Dora Award nominations (it won three) and plenty of critical acclaim.

Seventeen years later, Soulpepper Theatre is remounting this zany reimagination of The Barber of Seville, updated once again by O’Brien, Millard, and Cherniak. But, for some reason—the change in decade, or company, or sense of humour—whatever had made the original so magical, has faded, save for a few key performances.

Details: The Barber of Seville is Not the Sharpest Shave