Candy-heart pins on sale at a previous year’s Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo courtesy of Come As You Are.
CRAFTS: As we mentioned in our Valentine’s Day preview post last week, there is lots to see and do today. For a relatively inexpensive but unique shopping experience, there’s the Gladstone’s annual Erotic Arts & Crafts Fair. The event showcases romantic and erotic art in the form of handmade lingerie, jewelry, cards, silk-screened prints, posters, and other memorabilia. Check out their website for a sampling of sale items from last year. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 12–8 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: For something only slightly less innocent, the Scandelles present their final Valentine’s Day Burlesque show at Lee’s Palace. This is their tenth annual gay-positive cabaret, as they will be changing venues thanks to a development grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Tonight’s show sees Scandelles past and present unite to perform pieces from their repertoire. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $12 through Ticketmaster, $15 at the door.
DANCE: If you didn’t get a chance to see Enwave Theatre’s inspired new work, It’s About Time: 60 Dances in 60 Minutes—well, it’s about time. Today is the last day to watch Dancemakers’ production, which explores the small moments in our daily lives and events that can take place in less than a minute. The music accompanying the dance uses actual field recordings; sixty people were asked to record the sounds of different places for a minute each. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $15-$38.
WORDS: Whistler’s Grille offers a night of comedy, music, and live theatre with the show No Sweetheart Required. The event features a series of short comedies about love, or the lack thereof, from directors such as Nancy Bradshaw and Blake Thorne. There will also be a one-woman presentation by comedienne June Morrow, a dance piece by Event Horizon Dance, and music by David Hein. Whistler’s Grille and Café (955 Broadview Avenue), 8 p.m., $18.
COMEDY: Each Saturday for the rest of this month, Bad Dog Theatre’s newest improvised parody, Man Men, spoofs the 1960s as “the golden age of advertizing and womanizing.” Improvisers promise to weave narratives of love, lust, power, unfaithfulness, and sexual harassment, all set in an ad agency bureau. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 10 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: The Danforth’s Winterfolk Festival presents an alternative to Wavelength as more than one hundred musicians descend on the area this weekend to play roots, blues, folk, and more. This is Winterfolk’s sixth annual outing for Toronto, and it takes place in at least five different venues, including the Black Swan Tavern, Dora Keogh, The Willow Restaurant, and Mambo Restaurant. Various venues, all day starting at 2 p.m., many events are FREE.