Alligator Pie

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 2 p.m., 5 p.m.

Feeling nostalgic for your childhood? Alligator Pie brings the children’s poems of Dennis Lee (who also, you might recall, wrote the Fraggle Rock theme) to life on the stage. This Dora Award–winning production promises music, tons of imagination, and overall good fun for the whole family. Above, you can watch Lee recite the title poem at a previous edition of Word on the Street.

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Marina Antoinette

Marina Antoinette. Photo courtesy of RiaToss Productions.

Marina Antoinette. Photo courtesy of RiaToss Productions.

  • The Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College Street)
  • 8 p.m.

Don’t miss this encore presentation of Marina Antoinette, a performance-art piece that tracks the rise and fall of Marie Antoinette. Billed as an “interactive experience,” it includes musical backing by electro-pop group Marina and the Diamonds, as well as collaborations between some of Toronto’s best choreographers and fashion designers.

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DoVira at Musideum

  • Musideum (401 Richmond Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

Ukrainian jazz fusion band DoVira will be performing a set of its unique blend of jazz, rock, and electronic music at Musideum. The show will also feature a number of special guests. The band is currently working on its debut album, but you can check out a sample of its music above.

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Ongoing…

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

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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).


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Stephen King and Eleanor Catton Headline the 2013 International Festival Of Authors

2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton will be participating in four events at this year's International Festival of Authors. Photo by Robert Catto, courtesy of IFOA.

2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton will be participating in four events at this year's International Festival of Authors. Photo by Robert Catto, courtesy of IFOA.

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • All day

For its 34th birthday, the International Festival of Authors is actually getting younger. One of the themes this year is Brave New Word, a Huxleyan allusion referring not to the demise of books (a Brave New World scenario), but to the next generation of notable writers participating in the festival. Among this group is Canadian-born author Eleanor Catton, who last week, at age 28, became the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize (for her second novel, The Luminaries).

Details: Stephen King and Eleanor Catton Headline the 2013 International Festival Of Authors

Evil Dead The Musical Returns to Toronto

Ryan Ward and Laura Tremblay in Evil Dead The Musical. Photo by David Hou.

Ryan Ward and Laura Tremblay in Evil Dead The Musical. Photo by David Hou.

  • The Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.)
  • All day

Since its humble beginnings in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club back in 2003, Evil Dead The Musical has steadily risen in infamy as a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek, gore-soaked musical experience. From those earliest shows, the musical has gone on to make an off-broadway debut, to win and be nominated for several Dora awards, and to play in dozens of cities around the world, from Montreal and Vancouver to Tokyo and Madrid. It was high time that the show make a triumphant homecoming to a stage in Toronto, and it finally has, at the Randolph Theatre.

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TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

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  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker.

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Gamercamp 2013

  • Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina Avenue)
  • All day

The annual festival for lovers of video games (of all ages), Gamercamp, kicks off on Friday, November 1 with a daytime conference and evening party. On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibition and arcades run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the salon series—featuring designers from Assassin’s Creed and Antichamber—continuing at 7 p.m. both evenings.

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Go Hear the People Sing in Les Misérables

Ramin Karimloo will make you weep, or at least want to give him a hug, as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Ramin Karimloo will make you weep, or at least want to give him a hug, as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 1:30 p.m.

Every revolution needs a leader. And though the movement to bring the classic 1980s musical Les Misérables back to Toronto is markedly different than the quest for political accountability and social equality, it has its hero just the same. After the official opening performance at the Princess of Wales Theatre, the audience likely would have followed London-based, Richmond Hill-raised performer Ramin Karimloo (as the story’s golden-hearted protagonist, Jean Valjean) anywhere he would lead.

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Puppet Up: Uncensored Both Frightens and Delights

Puppeteers Michael Oosterom, Brian Henson, and Tyler Bunch. Although they won't be appearing in Toronto, the bunnies will be. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Puppeteers Michael Oosterom, Brian Henson, and Tyler Bunch. Although they won't be appearing in Toronto, the bunnies will be. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)
  • 4 p.m., 8 p.m.

On stage now at the Panasonic Theatre are 85 tiny pieces of artwork. Beautifully detailed, textured, colourful, and startlingly evocative, these creations are intensely mesmerizing—even when hanging lifeless on a display wall, their toothless mouths gaping open.

When they get hands stuck up their asses, though, it’s an entirely different story.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Mirvish Productions announced an expanded season last month that includes the following: Chicago, starring Elvis Stojko; this year’s Toronto Fringe hit The Musical of Musicals, the Musical!; and Puppet Up: Uncensored, which began a short engagement in Toronto last night. Billed as “a live, outrageous, comedy, variety show for adults only,” the show elicited genuine childlike enthusiasm from audience members. They had likely grown up watching Jim Henson’s beloved puppets on the The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock (or in the more sinister Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal). But Puppet Up: Uncensored is a very different from your average puppet show. Co-created by Brian Henson (Jim’s son) and comedian Patrick Bristow under the Henson Alternative label, these puppets are weird, foul-mouthed, and dirty. Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie would be appalled.

Details: Puppet Up: Uncensored Both Frightens and Delights

TIFF Feels the Rhythm of the Night With Claire Denis

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Claire Denis and Alex Descas on the set of 35 rhums.

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

The punchiest distillation of Claire Denis’s film style might well be in 2002’s Vendredi soir, a sublime romance in its own right and a highlight of Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis, TIFF Cinematheque’s upcoming retrospective of the celebrated French auteur’s work.

Details: TIFF Feels the Rhythm of the Night With Claire Denis

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)
  • 7:30 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

The Rocky Horror Show

  • Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

In the movies, when a car breaks down in the middle of nowhere it usually leads to sexy times, amusing adventures, or utter terror. The Rocky Horror Show is all of the above. In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching it on TV every October, the story follows the exploits of newly engaged (and stranded) couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who are forced to stay overnight in the strange home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. A Toronto Halloween tradition, the theatrical production of this cult classic returns to the stage for the sixth straight year, starring Cory Strong, Amanda Milligan, and Adam Joshua Norrad.

CORRECTION: October 4, 2013, 11:25 AM This post originally referred to its subject by an incorrect name. The theatrical version of Rocky Horror is called the The Rocky Horror Show, not The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Details: The Rocky Horror Show

dirty butterfly

Lauren Brotman in dirty butterfly. Photo by Joe Bucci.

Lauren Brotman in dirty butterfly. Photo by Joe Bucci.

  • Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East)
  • 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Jamaican-British playwright Debbie Tucker Green isn’t afraid to touch on heavy subjects, bringing them to light with a blunt but poetic voice. Her play dirty butterfly tells the story of three people—two black and one white—living in a poor London neighbourhood. The thin walls of their tenement houses don’t allow for secrets, and so the harsh realities of domestic violence and racial economic divides are exposed. Presented by Bound to Create Theatre, the play features gut-wrenching performances from Kaleb Alexander, Beryl Bain, and Lauren Brotman.

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All Our Happy Days Are Stupid and Weird and Touching

(Part of) the cast of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid by Sheila Heti. Photo by Jordan Tannahill.

(Part of) the cast of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid by Sheila Heti. Photo by Jordan Tannahill.

  • Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

Sheila Heti is getting by with a little help from her friends.

In her acclaimed novel, How Should a Person Be?—which has attracted favorable notice from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Salon, and others—the 36-year-old writer documented her epic struggle to write a play about two families who meet on vacation in Paris. The play is her nemesis, a challenge seemingly insurmountable, and it throws her confidence and her friendships for a loop. Until now, that is, because that very play, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, had its world premiere on Thursday night.

Details: All Our Happy Days Are Stupid and Weird and Touching

Savage in Limbo Sparks Basement-Bar Epiphanies

The cast of Savage In Limbo. From left to right: Melissa D'Agostino, Diana Bentley, Nick Abraham, Tim Walker, and Caitlin Driscoll. Photo by Matt Campagna.

The cast of Savage In Limbo. From left to right: Melissa D'Agostino, Diana Bentley, Nick Abraham, Tim Walker, and Caitlin Driscoll. Photo by Matt Campagna.

  • The Downstage (798 Danforth Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

In keeping with play’s basement-bar motif, your program for Bob Kills Theatre’s production of Pulitzer-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo comes in a drink-menu format. The venue, a newly renovated basement hall called The Downstage (previously used by the Playwright Project and other independent companies), has undergone considerable changes, and now boasts blacked-out walls, more lighting, and an actual (albeit small) stage. But most of Savage Limbo, described by Shanley as a “concert play,” is set in the round on broken-down beer-box flooring that’s supposed to suggest a neighbourhood watering hole. There, a motley assortment of dreamers and malcontents are trying to change their lives.

Details: Savage in Limbo Sparks Basement-Bar Epiphanies