Life drawing classes aren’t always about staring at some nude guy’s junk. Toons On Tap likes to take things in a more costumed direction, using models dressed as living cartoon characters. Give your pencils and sketchbook a treat at Session 47: Army of Darkness, where you’ll get to draw Ash from the Evil Dead series, chainsaw hand and all.
Up until Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez made that movie, the word “Gigli” was associated with images of beauty, the splendour of the opera, and, more specifically, the renowned Italian tenor Beniamino Gigli. In Irish playwright Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, originally written in 1983 and on stage now at Soulpepper Theatre, the singer’s voice represents not only beauty, but hope itself—the one saving force that can pull its two central characters from deep depressions. And, thankfully, the journey to the other side is infinitely more watchable than the previously mentioned Hollywood film.
We’ll bet you’ve never had a dinner party quite as interesting as this one. Mark Leith invites you to sit down with the founder of political spin, Edward Bernays; the inventor of propaganda, Dr. Joseph Goebbels; and the spearhead of the war on terror, Karl Rove—in the Act 2 Studio Works production of Dinner With Goebbels.
The Art of Time Ensemble remounts its intriguing meditation on the letters exchanged by author John Berger and artist John Christie, I Send You This Cadmium Red. The Ensemble creates the musical soundscape, while actors Julian Richings (whom we recently profiled) and John Fitzgerald Jay read the correspondence, and Vancouver video artist Bruce Alcock provides visual projections.
Warning! The faint of heart need not pay attention to this listing. This month, horror writer and podcaster Rachel Katz takes to the Black Museum stage to present her lecture on Snuff Movies and the Evolution of Genre. Get all the gory details on the genre, from its birth in the 1970s to its influence on torture porn and found-footage films, with examples from Slaughter (1971), 8mm (1999), Hostel (2005), and more.