The Black Museum: Pregnancy and the Horror Film

From the poster for Rosemary's Baby. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

From the poster for Rosemary's Baby. Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

  • Big Picture Cinema (1035 Gerrard Street East)
  • 8 p.m.

What could be scarier than knowing that something is growing inside of you, and that it will one day burst forth from your flesh to wander the earth bearing your features? When put so tenderly, it’s no surprise that themes of motherhood and birth find their way into many a frightening movie. Torontoist‘s own Kiva Reardon takes the mic at the last Black Museum lecture of the semester—Woeful Wombs: Pregnancy and the Horror Film—to discuss this very topic. Rosemary’s Baby, The Fly, and Twilight will be some of the examples used to illustrate Reardon’s study of how reproduction is represented on the big screen.

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The Valley Could Dive Deeper

Ian Lake and Colin Mercer in The Valley. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Ian Lake and Colin Mercer in The Valley. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

The plot of Joan MacLeod’s The Valley, on now at Tarragon Theatre, is unfortunately all too familiar: an 18-year-old recent college drop-out experiences his first psychotic episode on Vancouver’s SkyTrain. The exhausted police officer called to the scene arrests him for causing a public disturbance, spurring debate over whether or not he used excessive force in the process. A Toronto audience only has to think of Sammy Yatim’s shooting this August to be reminded how common these situations are. A perceived threat to public safety coupled with the absence of a solid understanding of mental illness can—and often does—lead to violence.

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Ongoing…

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
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