The films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be deliriously funny, wickedly macabre, and downright bizarre, often in the span of a single scene. Leading up to the release of their newest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis—a look at the folk scene in ’60s-era Greenwich Village, opening in Toronto on December 20—TIFF is offering audiences a chance to catch up on the duo’s uniformly excellent back catalogue. The ten-film retrospective is called Joel and Ethan Coen: Tall Tales.
There’s no doubt that we’ve become well acquainted with sensational news, thanks to you-know-who. The Canadian Journalism Foundation examines the phenomenon of celebrity gossip with their J-Talk, Guilty Pleasure or Real News? The lineup of speakers includes Malene Arpe (Toronto Star), Alison Eastwood (Hello! Canada), Jonathan Kay (National Post), and Ben Mulroney (etalk).
As part of the Toronto Public Library’s Make Some Noise series, author Sarah Liss will talk about Will Munro, a Toronto art legend and party impresario. She’ll also be discussing her book about Munro’s life, Army of Lovers.
The graduating class of Ryerson’s Theatre School is putting a new twist on a classic fairytale with its production of Cinderella. The show features all the familiar characters, but there are also some new faces in the mix.
Winnipeg’s Boats follows up showcases in New York and Montreal this week with two nights in Toronto. On Thursday, November 28, the band headlines a Manitoba Music showcase at Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue) with fellow Prairie acts Federal Lights, Indicator Indicator, and Les Jupes. On Friday, November 29, Boats plays a Two Way Monologues showcase at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) with Broken Bricks, Danger Bees, and Brothers of the North.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is a only a few weeks away, so the spirit of the season should allow you to watch a bunch of festive movies without getting nauseous. Which is important, because you’ll need to brush up on them for It’s a Wonderful Quiz, a Christmas-movie trivia competition. In lieu of a cover charge, $10 gift cards are requested. They’ll be donated to women and children escaping domestic violence at The Redwood Shelter.