Life Is Good, When it’s This Cabaret

Photo by Seanna Kennedy.

Photo by Seanna Kennedy.

  • Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • All day

It’s 1931 in Berlin, and the Nazis are on the brink of supremacy. But there remains another side to the city—one that’s decadent, permissive, and artistic. And that’s the world we meet when we’re beckoned into the extravagant and sleazy Kit Kat Klub by eccentric Emcee and his troupe of saucy dancers, performing “Willkommen.”

Cabaret’s primary plotline begins with the arrival of American writer Cliff Bradshaw (David Light). Without a real agenda, he’s come to Berlin to work on his novel and teach English. A patron of the Kit Kat Klub, he catches the eye of the star performer Sally Bowles (Kylie McMahon). A natural stunner, Sally is a bubbly young Brit with a powerhouse voice, a dancer’s grace, and a reputation for flitting from man to man like a bumblebee in a flowerbed. It’s not long before she and Cliff fall in love—though the question of whether he’ll be able to satisfy her wild side constantly hangs over their heads. The sweetness lacking in their relationship can be found in the romantic pairing of the boarding house landlord Fraulein Schneider (Adeen Ashton Fogle) and Jewish shop owner Herr Schultz (Don Berns). As appealing as they are, though, these middle-aged lovebirds are just as susceptible to trouble and heartbreak as their younger counterparts.

Details: Life Is Good, When it’s This Cabaret

Painting for Beginners Workshop

  • Paintlounge (784 College Street)
  • 2:30 p.m.

Are you bursting with creativity but don’t know how to harness it? Let Paintlounge help you put your ideas onto canvas with its Painting for Beginners Workshop. Since we could use a touch of spring right now, this lesson will focus on designing cherry blossoms. The experts will guide you step by step through the process of completing an entire piece. The paint, canvas, and other supplies will be provided, and are included in the admission price.

Details: Painting for Beginners Workshop

Xpace Cultural Centre 2014 Opening Reception

Reality Show, 2010, from Post and Pillars. Image courtesy of  Andrew Buszchak.

Reality Show, 2010, from Post and Pillars. Image courtesy of Andrew Buszchak.

  • Xpace Cultural Centre (303 Lansdowne Avenue)
  • 7 p.m.

It’s a new year, and with that comes the opening of new art exhibits. The Xpace Cultural Centre is hosting an opening reception for four new showcases, which will all run for about a month. They are: “Chalk Form Census”—a series of questions posed to the public on a chalkboard at street level; a look into the future with “Posts and Pillars”; an analysis of the Leslie Street Spit in “An Expedition”; and the story of the “Toronto Harbourfront,” told in video form.

Details: Xpace Cultural Centre 2014 Opening Reception

Pacamambo: A Play About Endings Signals a New Beginning

Amy Keating and Karen Robinson, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Amy Keating and Karen Robinson, photo by Jeremy Mimnagh.

  • The Citadel (304 Parliament Street)
  • 8 p.m.

It’s almost the end of the beginning for Ken Gass’s new company, Canadian Rep Theatre—the Toronto theatre stalwart’s highly anticipated return to the director’s chair after his now-infamous firing from Factory Theatre in 2012—as its inaugural production prepares to close this Sunday. With the establishment of Canadian Rep Theatre, that particular saga has come to an end (meanwhile, the watered-down renovation of Factory he lost his job over is wrapping up too, and it looks like a TTC station), and Toronto theatre audiences will get to see new works from playwrights Judith Thompson and George F. Walker—works originally programmed in that ill-fated season at Factory Theatre that moved with Gass when he built a new professional home for himself.

Kicking off the season is another name on par with Thompson and Walker: Wajdi Mouawad. Although Mouawad is known best for the drama Scorched, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated Incendies, Gass brings us one of his lesser-known plays, Pacamambo, originally written for young audiences. Pacamambo is also about endings, or rather, the most final of endings: death.

Details: Pacamambo: A Play About Endings Signals a New Beginning

Ongoing…

The Guggenheim Comes to the AGO

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  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • All day
Details: The Guggenheim Comes to the AGO