The Bloor Cinema is celebrating Easter Monday with a special afternoon screening of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, preceded by a live Sketch Comedy Extravaganza. Hosted by Terrific Women (Sara Hennessey & Steph Kaliner), the screening pre-show includes some of Torontoist‘s favourite local live comedy acts: anachronistic duo Templeton Philharmonic, Picnicface alum Mark Little & Kyle Dooley, and dark sketch troupe Tony Ho. Your ticket gets you the live comedy, the film classic afterward, drink specials, plus a shot at a number of themed prizes.
Baltimore arts collective Wham City make their Toronto debut on a 23-city tour, fresh off debuting their new video with Adult Swim. They’ll have tour mates Fake Injury Party with them, local opener Tom Henry of Laugh Sabbath, and host Life of a Craphead.
If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace.
“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.
Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation, premiering now at Tarragon Theatre, was highly anticipated—it’s the first new play since 2010 from the eminent female playwright, known for the Governor General Award-winning If We Were Birds. In some respects, it lives up to the hype. It deals with the difficult, often-overlooked subject of child sex tourism, and it does so thoughtfully and with nuance. The overall experience, though, is somewhat underwhelming, because the compelling ideas explored are undercut by an implausible premise.