Annex Flea

  • Centre for Social Innovation (Annex) (720 Bathurst Street)
  • 10 a.m.

Got yourself a case of spring fever? Stocking up on fresh beauty products and clothing to suit the warmer weather is one way of soothing it. Luckily, both of these things will be available at the Annex Flea, a market boasting handmade, vintage, natural, and fair-trade products.

Details: Annex Flea

Naked Girls Reading: What’s Cooking?

Literature has never been so sexy. Image courtesy of Naked Girls Reading.

Literature has never been so sexy. Image courtesy of Naked Girls Reading.

  • ROUND Venue (152a Augusta Avenue)
  • 7 p.m.

Nudity, food, literature. If one or more of these three things piques your interest, Naked Girls Reading is likely to your taste. The theme this time around is What’s Cooking? Therefore, Beaver Galore, Bianca Boom Boom, Lilla Koi, St. Stella, Kelly Mari, and Red Herring will be reading a variety of texts concerning all things sweet, spicy, and tart. And no, there will be no dressing.

Details: Naked Girls Reading: What’s Cooking?

Video Vengeance #5: Ninja III: The Domination

  • KITCH (229 Geary Avenue)
  • 7:30 p.m.

What could be better than an ’80s ninja movie? The third instalment in an ’80s ninja movie series, of course! This month, Video Vengeance #5 is going back to 1984 with Ninja III: The Domination, the timeless tale of a young woman who is possessed by the spirit of a ninja. You can bet that if the Modern Superior guys deem a film screening-worthy, it’s bound to be ridiculous. Show up early for raffles and equally amazing vintage previews.

Details: Video Vengeance #5: Ninja III: The Domination

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).


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Details: TIFF 2014 Scenes: Tuesday–Thursday Nights, Featuring Good Kill, Maps to the Stars, The Imitation Game, Jauja, Laggies, and More

Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

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  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • All day

“The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon

“In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore

These quotations, which welcome visitors to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms.

Details: Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

Paprika Festival

The 2014 Paprika Festival Creator's Unit. Photo by David Leyes.

The 2014 Paprika Festival Creator's Unit. Photo by David Leyes.

  • Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)
  • All day

A week of performing arts programming created by artists 21 and under, The Paprika Festival features readings, theatre and dance performances, and social events that aim to encourage youth involvement in the arts and foster the creation of art by young people. The festival boasts many alumni in the arts and arts-related fields, and this year’s crop of budding writers, directors, and performers may give young-at-heart attendees a glimpse of future Dora-winning work. There’s a double bill of workshopped shows each night of the week, with readings beforehand and late-night cabaret programming afterward. Over the festival’s closing weekend, the evenings turn into full days of arts events. All main-stage shows are $5; unlimited access festival passes can be purchased for $50. Many events are free of charge. For the full programming schedule, consult the festival’s website.

Details: Paprika Festival

Dressing for Downton: The Costumes of Downton Abbey

See the costumes of Downton Abbey in real life at Spadina Museum. Image courtesy of Carnival Films.

See the costumes of Downton Abbey in real life at Spadina Museum. Image courtesy of Carnival Films.

  • Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road)
  • All day

If a period drama has ever inspired you to visit the past, but you couldn’t because you didn’t have access to a time machine, listen up! The Spadina Museum is taking history, television, and fashion fans alike back to the Edwardian era with its “Dressing for Downton: The Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit. Twenty pieces from the hit show will be on display, along with the City of Toronto’s own collection of garments from the time. Attendees will also be treated to Downton Abbey–themed tours of the century home.

Details: Dressing for Downton: The Costumes of Downton Abbey

Arrabal

Juan Cupini and Micaela Spina star in Arrabal. Photo by Eugenio Mazzinghi.

Juan Cupini and Micaela Spina star in Arrabal. Photo by Eugenio Mazzinghi.

  • Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)
  • 2 p.m.

Told through South American music and dance, Arrabal is the story of a young girl desperate to find out what happened to her father after the Argentine military made him disappear when she was just a baby. Her search leads her to the Tango clubs of Buenos Aires, where she discovers both the truth, and herself.

Details: Arrabal

Belleville

  • Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street)
  • 2 p.m.

Zack and Abby are the couple that others envy—the ones who seem to have it all. But secrets hide behind the beautiful home, the loving marriage, and the promising careers. Company Theatre’s Belleville—produced in association with Canadian Stage—explores the darkness that’s revealed in this seemingly perfect relationship after Abby finds her husband at home one day when he’s supposed to be at work.

Details: Belleville

Dinner With Goebbels

  • Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East)
  • 2 p.m.

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.

Details: Dinner With Goebbels

Sawah

From the Arabesque presentation of Noor. Photo by Peter Lear.

From the Arabesque presentation of Noor. Photo by Peter Lear.

  • Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West)
  • 2 p.m.

After a year-long hiatus, the Arabesque Dance Company has re-emerged with a new program, to debut as part of NextSteps, which will bring more than 20 belly dancers and musicians from both Toronto and Montreal to the Harbourfront stage. Sawah (Arabic for “traveller” or “wanderer”) is a combination of Eastern and Western music and dance, and brings together styles ranging from traditional to modern.

Details: Sawah

Swell Broad and The Homemaker Double Bill

Janelle Hanna as "Delilah" in Swell Broad. Photo by David Leyes.

Janelle Hanna as "Delilah" in Swell Broad. Photo by David Leyes.

  • The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West)
  • 4 p.m.

The Storefront Theatre presents two great plays for the price of one, with the Swell Broad and The Homemaker Double Bill. Set in the 1950s, Brooke Banning’s Swell Broad follows an unlikely relationship between the hopelessly romantic Stuart, and Delilah, a woman with a less-than-favourable view of love, men, and commitment. Continuing in a similar vein, Laura Anne Harris’s The Homemaker examines the life of small-town 1960s housewife Janette Pettitpas, who tells the story of her marriage—and alcoholism—though poetry, dance, puppetry, and song.

Details: Swell Broad and The Homemaker Double Bill