Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.

American Indian Movement: Lakota Indians, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973. Photo by Michael L. Abramson.

American Indian Movement: Lakota Indians, Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973. Photo by Michael L. Abramson.

  • Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street)
  • 6 p.m.

The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates its first anniversary with the opening of a provocative exhibit centered around the culture of resistance in contemporary indigenous art. Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. explores the role of Aboriginal artist as activist, and features works from Sonny Assu, Vernon Ah Kee, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dana Claxton, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Alan Michelson, Theo Sims, Skawennati, and Jackson 2bears. The showcase will be open to the public until December 15.

Details: Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.

Torontonians Hold a Benefit Concert to Support LGBT Rights in Uganda

Residents of a GEHO safe house, sending their love back to Toronto. Photo courtesy of A Luta Continua.

Residents of a GEHO safe house, sending their love back to Toronto. Photo courtesy of A Luta Continua.

  • The Steady (1051 Bloor Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

For Lauryn Kronick and Jacqie Lucas, their upcoming benefit concert, A Luta Continua, isn’t just a way to raise money for LGBT safe-house programs in Uganda—it’s also a way for Toronto’s queer community to show solidarity with one half a world away. The proceeds will benefit Gender Equality and Health Organization Uganda, a group that provides safe houses for gay Ugandans who have been driven out of their communities.

LGBT people in Uganda face extreme discrimination. Homosexuality is punishable by life in jail, and violence is a constant threat.

“GEHO provides a place for about 180 LGBT Ugandans who’ve been kicked out of their homes and communities for their sexual orientation,” says Kronick. “Lately, they’ve been getting requests for more and more help. They run three safe houses, and they’re going to be holding pride celebrations later on this month.”

Details: Torontonians Hold a Benefit Concert to Support LGBT Rights in Uganda

Look Back in Anger

The cast of Look Back in Anger. Photo courtesy of FeverGraph Theatre Company.

The cast of Look Back in Anger. Photo courtesy of FeverGraph Theatre Company.

  • Thrush Homes Empire Gallery (1093 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

FeverGraph Theatre Company wants you to get mad (and perhaps go mad) over their new stage production. Look Back in Anger focuses on four people, and the anger that cripples each of them. Rather being a study of hot tempers, the play examines our common desire to feel something deeper than what reality delivers, our sense of futility, and the anger that ensues. Directed by Anita La Selva, the piece was co-conceived by its performers: Eli Ham, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Tosha Doiron, and Zoë Sweet.

Details: Look Back in Anger

Rehan Dalal Live

  • The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West)
  • 9 p.m.

Spend your Wednesday night in one of our city’s best live rooms, with one of the most talented singer-songwriters you’ve probably never heard of. A dapper young gentleman, Rehan Dalal oozes charm and sensuality, channelling Stevie Wonder with his upbeat funk, soul, and pop music. Come early to check out Liz Longley, Jesse Gold, and Ken Yates, who will be celebrating the release of his new album.

Details: Rehan Dalal Live

Rae Spoon My Prairie Home Launch

Rae Spoon debuts My Prairie Home with two back-to-back shows at the Gladstone. Photo by Maya Bankovic.

Rae Spoon debuts My Prairie Home with two back-to-back shows at the Gladstone. Photo by Maya Bankovic.

  • Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)
  • 10 p.m., 7 p.m.

Transgender author and experimental country-electronic artist Rae Spoon has a big voice and a story to tell. Spoon’s new album—and soundtrack to a documentary of the same name—My Prairie Home explores the idea of home, and what happens when that place becomes somewhere you can no longer go. The album will be debuted in back-to-back shows at the Gladstone, with Laurie Torres on drums.

Details: Rae Spoon My Prairie Home Launch

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

Details: The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

If Fringe and SummerWorks aren’t enough to satisfy your summer theatre cravings, the world-renowned Stratford Festival is now only a bus ride away from downtown Toronto, thanks to the new Stratford Direct bus route (“the best thing [the Festival] has done in years” according to one usher at the Avon Theatre). Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has put together a season to please tastes from the traditional to the extravagant. Here’s what we think about five of Stratford’s current productions.

Details: A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • All day

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea is a new exhibition from the Toronto Reference Library that gathers a number of rare items that explore the theme of the possible and the impossible. Some of the highlights on display are La vingtième siècle: la vie électrique (a rare French book that shows how scientific discoveries would have affected people in 1955), Tame (a sci-fi pulp magazine), and Worldly Wisdom (watercolour that depicts a Leonardo da Vinci-like figure creating a winged flying machine). You’ll find the exhibition in the library’s TD Gallery.

Details: Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it

Image courtesy of Jeff Blackburn.

Image courtesy of Jeff Blackburn.

  • Gallery 431 (431 Roncesvalles Avenue)
  • All day

BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it is a solo art exhibition by Jeff Blackburn featuring works that involve bears, which act as guides through various cityscapes (see above for example). Visitors will have the chance to see different public spaces from around the world (with bears!). The opening reception will be held on September 1st and will start at 7 p.m.

Details: BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it

A Look Ahead to Toronto Beer Week 2013

Lining up in front of Bar Volo. Photo by markosaar, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Lining up in front of Bar Volo. Photo by markosaar, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

There are plenty of weeks that involve the consumption of beer in Toronto, but there’s only one true Toronto Beer Week. As craft beer’s popularity continues to grow along with the roster of brewers in this city, Toronto Beer Week is a good opportunity to take the pulse of a thriving scene—or, just to knock back a few good brews and have some fun. Whichever you prefer. Here are a few events to look out for.

Details: A Look Ahead to Toronto Beer Week 2013

The World According to “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

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  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • 10 a.m.

Ai Weiwei is a 56-year-old artist confined to his home in Beijing for creating work critical of the Chinese government and Chinese culture. There are video cameras outside his house, his phone lines are tapped, his blog was deleted, his Shanghai studio was destroyed in 2010 by authorities, and his passport was confiscated in 2011. To this day, he’s unable to leave his country. Even so, Ai Weiwei has had a large presence in Toronto over the past few months.

This past June, he did a performance piece with artist Laurie Anderson during the Luminato Festival, using Skype. His Zodiac Heads have been installed, temporarily, in the reflecting pool in front of City Hall. At this year’s Nuit Blanche, a large-scale version of his sculpture of bicycles, Forever, will take over Nathan Phillips Square. And beginning August 17, the Art Gallery of Ontario is displaying “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”, a retrospective of the work he produced before and after the Chinese government’s crackdown on his activities helped him find new international acclaim.

Details: The World According to “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

Dine Her

Bruce Hunter and Erica Wood star in Dine Her. Photo by Carinne Leduc.

Bruce Hunter and Erica Wood star in Dine Her. Photo by Carinne Leduc.

  • George Street Diner (129 George Street)
  • 7 p.m.

Bruce Hunter writes and stars in Dine Her, a zombie comedy set in the authentic George Street Diner. This undead spin on dinner theatre features a special menu by Ash Farrelly, music by Sean Fisher, and zombie dancers from One Immigrant Productions.

Details: Dine Her

Angels in America Is Worth the Marathon Running Time

An Angel (Raquel Duffy) appears to AIDS patient Prior Walter (Damien Atkins) in Angels in America. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

An Angel (Raquel Duffy) appears to AIDS patient Prior Walter (Damien Atkins) in Angels in America. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Many people now routinely consume television series in marathon benders, blowing through DVDs or Netflix downloads in a few evenings or a weekend. It’s that sort of experience—but live, of course—that awaits audiences at Soulpepper’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, which offers over six hours of impeccably staged and performed theatre either in two long evenings or over the course of one full day, with multiple intermissions and a meal break.

Details: Angels in America Is Worth the Marathon Running Time

Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 8 p.m.

You might expect a show called We Can Be Heroes to be a send-up of superhero films, but Second City’s new mainstage production is actually a celebration of minor, everyday acts of heroism ranging from giving advice to a bullied child to managing not to be a jackass at your friend’s wedding.

Details: Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort

Eamon McGrath’s Celebrated Summer Residency

Eamon McGrath appears with different musician friends every week at the Dakota Tavern. Image courtesy of Eamon McGrath.

Eamon McGrath appears with different musician friends every week at the Dakota Tavern. Image courtesy of Eamon McGrath.

  • Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9 p.m.

Folk-punk rocker Eamon McGrath is making the best of summer with a residency at The Dakota Tavern. He’s curated a plethora of Canadian bands to take the stage with him every week, ranging anywhere from country to brash rock and roll. Donovan Woods kicks off the series on August 14, followed by acts like Nick Everett (August 28), Camp Radio (September 18), and many more.

Details: Eamon McGrath’s Celebrated Summer Residency

Wayward

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 9:30 p.m.

It’s time to go back to school—with Bad Dog Theatre Company and its new improv serial, Wayward. Join the staff and students of the Our Lady of St. Gordon of Levitt all-girls Catholic school for a darkly comedic look at religion, rebellion, and the complicated web of relationships between women. Comedians Aurora Browne, Jen Goodhue, Carolyn Taylor, Christy Bruce, Ashley Comeau, Ann Pornel, Jocelyn Geddie, and Kirsten Rasmussen will make up the powerful female cast, and Laura Barrett (Sheezer, The Hidden Cameras) will provide the music.

Details: Wayward