Grand Budapest Hotel at the Open Roof Festival

  • 99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Wes Anderson’s highly praised Grand Budapest Hotel is full of magnificent vistas and old-world elegance mixed with Anderson’s signature quirkiness. The historic factory-turned-event-space (and soon-to-be hotel) 99 Sudbury seems like the ideal place to watch the film under a blanket of stars. With a menu inspired by the film’s Hungarian setting, Amsterdam brews on tap, and pre-show music by tropicalia band Os Tropies, it sounds like an event that even the most discerning concierge would recommend.

Details: Grand Budapest Hotel at the Open Roof Festival

“Moving Toronto” TTC Documentaries

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Torontonians have a lot to say about their transit system, so it should come as no surprise that the TTC is the main focus of not just one, but three short documentaries, all screening tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox under the umbrella of “Moving Toronto.” Get to the Lightbox via the 504 King streetcar, the subject of one of the films, and impress your fellow passengers with your newfound knowledge of the line on your way home.

Details: “Moving Toronto” TTC Documentaries

Re:Cital 2: One-Hit Wonder Edition

Fine Canadian Forces. Photo by Jason Chapman.

Fine Canadian Forces. Photo by Jason Chapman.

  • Clinton's (693 Bloor Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

If you’re the kind of person who cranks up Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when it comes on the radio, or if “Who Let the Dogs Out” is still your jam, you won’t want to miss the Re:Cital 2:One-Hit Wonder Edition fundraiser for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Three bands (Fine Canadian Forces, John Candy Crush, and the FTP Project) will put their own unique spins on your favourite and forgotten earworms. You don’t even have to feel guilty about how much pleasure dancing to “Macarena” brings you: 100 per cent of the evening’s proceeds will go toward music therapy services for those in need.

Details: Re:Cital 2: One-Hit Wonder Edition

EAST Collective Album Launch

  • The Hideout (484 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

The members of Scarborough’s EAST Collective, a youth-oriented community arts program run by Scarborough Arts, descend on downtown Toronto for the launch of the project’s second album, Kings and Queens. The young artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including jazz, indie, and spoken word, so the evening should appeal to a variety of tastes. Though members of the collective are as young as 16, the event is 19+.

Details: EAST Collective Album Launch

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

Toronto Jazz Festival 2014 Best Bets

Roy Hargrove in Toronto, 2007. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

Roy Hargrove in Toronto, 2007. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

  • All day

On June 19, the Toronto Jazz Festival will once again descend upon Nathan Phillips Square and clubs and concert halls all over the city. Friday night will feature a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square, presented in partnership with WorldPride, with sets by Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox. There will also be a huge fireworks display and the raising of the rainbow flag—it’s bound to be a real party. There are lots of big names at the fest this year, including Chaka Kahn, Bobby McFerrin, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Here’s our rundown of some of the other shows worth checking out.

Details: Toronto Jazz Festival 2014 Best Bets

TIFF Unveils Bruce LaBruce’s Skin Flicks

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Still from L.A. Zombie.

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

Anyone seeking proof that all it takes for a radical to become part of the establishment is a little bit of endurance need only look to “Skin Flicks,” TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective of the films of Toronto zine impresario, radical, occasional pornographer, and queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce.

A farm boy who left his rural digs for a more urban life in Toronto in the mid-‘80s, LaBruce first turned heads on the scene with his publication (along with partner and Fifth Column frontwoman G.B. Jones) of the seminal queer punk zine J.D.s, which distinguished itself from punk culture through its queer vision, and from mainstream LGBT culture through its aggressive DIY aesthetic and radical politics. From that fertile underground world came the first of LaBruce’s experimental Super 8 shorts, including Boy, Girl—ground zero for later thematic obsessions such as neo-skinheads and surveillance.

Details: TIFF Unveils Bruce LaBruce’s Skin Flicks

WorldPride 2014

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  • Multiple venues
  • All day

For ten days this June, Toronto will welcome the world to our city—a city that’ll be bursting with queer-positive cultural events, including musical performances by the likes of Tegan & Sara, special theatrical presentations by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and many more, visual art exhibitions, parties, and of course, the various annual Pride parades. All the official events are listed on the World Pride 2014 website (though we’ll also be keeping our eyes open for a few unofficial events we think readers might appreciate).

Details: WorldPride 2014

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

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.

Details: Twelve Angry Men

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

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