Photo of Nohayquiensepa courtesy of Harbourfront Centre
PERFORMANCE: Now entering its sixth year, Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH mentorship initiative helps local artists develop their unique projects. Tonight, see Aluna Theatre’s Nohaysquiensepa (Nooneknows), which is inspired by the true events about a Colombian river town on the verge of violence. Led by two-time Dora Award winner Trevor Schwellnus with choreographer Olga Barrios, the interdisciplinary workshop incorporates new media and dance. A Q&A discussion follows. Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West), 2:30 p.m., $12 or $10 for students/seniors/arts workers.
KIDS: Yesterday, we featured the exuberant Bunch Family Dance Party: Outer Space Edition, and today is the day it goes down. Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to shake their booty and learn the robot dance from an actual robot. The sci-fi disco bash takes over CiRCA with a blowout party full of raffles, dance lessons, costumed aliens, robots, and more. Entrance includes a loot bag for each family, and a bar with refreshments is available. CiRCA (126 John St), 2–5 p.m., $10 to $12.
FILM: In addition to the cornucopia of indie films opening this weekend, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival is hosting their Chai Tea & A Movie event. It brings together award-winning works relating to the Jewish experience with a winter-warming cuppa chai. Today, see Christophe Malavoy’s generational drama Free Land (Zone Libre), based on a play by Jean-Claude Grumberg, about an elderly French peasant who shelters and protects five members of a Jewish family from the Nazis during World War II. Silver City, Richmond Hill (8771 Yonge Street), tea at 1 p.m., film at 2 p.m., $15.
LECTURE: The Royal Canadian Institute continues its winter lecture series at the University of Toronto. Dr. Doug Welch of McMaster University will present a talk entitled “Echoes of Historical Supernovae,” appropriately timed for 2009’s International Year of Astronomy (which we previously covered here). Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle), 3 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Meet everybody from an Indian pharmacist to a Johnny Cash karaoke king in Boca Raton this afternoon at the Al Green Theatre. Toronto-based New Zealander Deb Filler performs her new one-hander, employing comedy, music, and storytelling while playing two dozen or so characters of her own creation. Well, I’ll Tell Ya…! is comprised of vignettes based on actual people Filler has met on the road. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), 3 p.m., $25.