Actor and writer Gillian English (Drag Queen Stole My Dress, Love in the Time of Time Machines) won’t be spending August on stage, because she’s been capped to play for Canada in the International Football Cup (Aussie rules) Down Under. It’s expensive to send a team halfway across the world to compete, though, so English is calling in favours from fellow theatre and comedy folks for Send Gill Down Under, a fundraiser show. The bill includes recent Fringe star Rebecca Perry (Confessions of a Redheaded Shopgirl), Ladystache’s Steph Tolev, host Ron Sparks, and many more.
This month’s edition of Laughable, the comedy showcase hosted by Nick Flanagan and Steph Tolev (who will be late to this one), includes the usual strong assortment of standup comics, like Rebecca Kohler and DJ Demers. But also on the bill are The Sufferettes (Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette) the improv duo whose Tour of Toronto continues throughout July. The stage at Unlovable is quite small, so it’ll be interesting to see how the ladies adapt.
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.
You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.
Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker.
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.
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.