Murder at the ROM: Father’s Day Edition

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • 1 p.m.

You know what they say: families that investigate together, stay together. Bring your dad out for a fun-filled afternoon of sleuthing at Murder at the ROM. Follow a trail of clues through the museum, and try to solve a mystery wrapped in greed, lust, and revenge. Once you’ve finished, take some time to peruse the exhibits—your ticket grants you admission!

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Video Vengeance #7: MegaForce

  • KITCH (229 Geary Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

If there’s one thing that the Modern Superior guys know, it’s movies. Especially the bad ones. Thus, they’ve created Video Vengeance, a series that gathers people together to watch hilariously terrible VHS movies, eat nachos, drink beers, and crack jokes. The seventh installment delves into 1982′s good-vs.-evil masterpiece, MegaForce. If you like Star Wars ripoffs and skin-tight silver bodysuits (uh, on men), you won’t want to miss this!

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Ongoing…

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.

Details: Luminato 2014 Preview

NXNE 2014: Best Bets by Genre

The Flaming Lips play Yonge-Dundas Square at NXNE 2012. Photo by Cameron McLellan from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

The Flaming Lips play Yonge-Dundas Square at NXNE 2012. Photo by Cameron McLellan from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

Returning for its 20th year, NXNE is celebrating the milestone by offering audiences another vast selection of events to sift through and enjoy over the course of nine days. While music may still be its focal point, the festival has developed over the years into a mirror image of SXSW—a multidisciplinary arts extravaganza that people look forward to all through the winter as if it were a light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel. After enduring an especially long and brutal stretch of cold weather this year, it will feel especially rewarding to slap on a wristband and squeeze every ounce of pleasure out of the 2014 lineup.

Details: NXNE 2014: Best Bets by Genre

Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more.

CORRECTION: June 16, 2014, 3:50 PM This post originally stated that the outdoor screenings of Bent Lens will focus on Derek Jarman and Bruce LaBruce, but that is not the case.

Details: Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

Taste of Little Italy 2014

  • 12 p.m.

The annual College Street fest Taste of Little Italy takes over the street—and most of the strip’s restaurants, patios, and venues—for a three-day stretch. Many of said patios will be extended out into the street, and live entertainment will be happening both inside and outside, with both traditional Italian music and indie programming by Indie 88 at College and Crawford. The FRESCO Festival of Art and Design will take place concurrently at College and Palmerston, and of course, the food…

Details: Taste of Little Italy 2014

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)
  • 2:30 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.

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A Cockfight Worth Catching

Brehnan McKibbon, Bejamin Blais, and Jakob Ehman are the Chiavetti Brothers in Cockfight. Photo by Zaiden.

Brehnan McKibbon, Bejamin Blais, and Jakob Ehman are the Chiavetti Brothers in Cockfight. Photo by Zaiden.

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

The latest work by prolific playwright Kat Sandler, who generates clever content for indie-company-on-the-rise Theatre Brouhaha, Cockfight follows an unlikely attempt by three foster brothers to obtain a rooster in order to make their fortune in underground cockfighting matches.

Sandler—named one of our “local ladies who make us laugh” in 2013—has often applied her gift for comic dialogue to tragic stories, and in her latest play, the characters are more desperate and downtrodden than ever. This time around, Sandler is also directing, and she has a deft touch for showing off her protagonists’ dramatic strengths—though her supporting character and the lead-up to the brothers’ climactic confrontations are not as well developed.

Details: A Cockfight Worth Catching