Mad Hot Ballet: Spellbound

  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West)
  • 6:30 p.m.

You’ve been looking for an event to get dressed up for, and here it is! Enjoy an enchanting evening of dance and drinks at Mad Hot Ballet: Spellbound. This fundraising gala for The National Ballet of Canada features an hour of dance performances curated by celebrated ballerina and National Ballet artistic director Karen Kain, followed by a cocktail reception.

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Twelve Angry Men

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 8 p.m.

If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case.

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The Black Museum: An Image of Death

How's this for meta? Sisters Ginger and Brigitte stage their own death photos in Ginger Snaps. Photo courtesy of Copperheart Entertainment.

How's this for meta? Sisters Ginger and Brigitte stage their own death photos in Ginger Snaps. Photo courtesy of Copperheart Entertainment.

  • Royal Cinema (608 College Street)
  • 9 p.m.

If you’re fascinated by morbid stuff, (a) you’re not alone, and (b) here’s a lecture you need to attend. The Black Museum returns to the hallowed halls of the Royal Cinema for An Image of Death: Our Evolving Relationship with Mortality on Screen. Rue Morgue magazine’s editor-in-chief, Dave Alexander, will take a look at our relationship with death and art through film examples such as Death and the Civil War, The Others, and Wisconsin Death Trip. You won’t look at horror movies the same way again!

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A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

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.

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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.

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Luminato 2014 Preview

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  • All day

It’s early June, and in Toronto that means one thing: schedules just got a lot tighter. On top of patio dates, intramural games, enjoying novels in the park, and all of your friends’ weddings, you’ve also got many of Toronto’s beloved arts festivals begging for your precious summer hours. Among them is the Luminato Festival: its eighth edition kicks off this Friday and wraps up on Sunday, June 15. And there are enough events—from magic shows to late-night concerts to marathon pieces of performance art—to keep even the most dedicated festival-goer occupied. The festival’s categories are not all rigidly defined and feature a certain amount of exchange and overlap–but they provide a sense of the range of experiences on offer. We’ve picked one highlight from each of the them to help you devise your Luminato plan of attack.

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A Spirit’s Face

Madison Walsh and Cole Alvis. Photo by Sydney Helland.

Madison Walsh and Cole Alvis. Photo by Sydney Helland.

  • Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East)
  • 8 p.m.

Unexpected sparks fly when Aboriginal palliative care worker Hunter meets and falls in love with anxiety-ridden addictions counsellor Jake in A Spirit’s Face. Watch as the characters remove their masks in this story of heartbreak and discovery, brought to the stage by Spiderbones Performing Arts. Some shows feature ASL interpretation; those performances are June 5 at 8 p.m., June 8 at 2 p.m., and June 11 at 8 p.m.

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The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good

Hawksley Workman in The God That Comes. Photo by Trudie Lee.

Hawksley Workman in The God That Comes. Photo by Trudie Lee.

  • Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s best rockers uses his beautiful voice to scream into your face.

Details: The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good