For the debut edition of Plays for Parents—a midday baby-friendly play-reading series—east-end arts producers O Muse have programmed local playwright Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, a Fringe and Next Stage festival comedy hit about giving one’s heart (literally) to the one you love. Given that cast members from the original production, including the playwright, are taking part, this is a rare opportunity to see a version of a play that sold out its run—and while little ones are welcome, they aren’t an admission requirement.
Toronto Masque Theatre presents a special salon on the History of the Masque, with a retrospective featuring the company’s artistic director Larry Beckwith; Steven Heighton, the librettist of its upcoming show Europa and the White Bull; and English and Humanities professor Katie Larson of the University of Toronto. The evening will also feature performances by soprano Patricia O’Callaghan and roots musician Ken Whiteley.
Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art.
Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup.
Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg is spending his Mondays for the next several months on a lecture series about the career of one of America’s greatest commercial filmmakers. Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg launched on January 20 with a examination (and clips) of some of Spielberg’s greatest hits (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Lincoln). On January 27, the series looks at early films like Duel and Jaws, before moving weekly through the rest of Spielberg’s body of work. There’s a flat fee of $90 for the whole series, or drop-in prices for single lectures.