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Photo of Theodore Bikel as Shalom Aleichem, courtesy of FLIP Publicity and Promotions Inc.
THEATRE: Theodore Bikel is a veteran of the stage, screen, and recording studio. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award (for his role in The Defiant Ones) and two Tony Awards, performed with Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and is a founder of the Newport Folk Festival. With this outstanding list of accomplishments behind him, tonight he returns to the stage in Toronto for a preview performance of his one-man show, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, which he both wrote and is starring in. Sholom Aleichem was a Yiddish author in the late 1800s whose short story about Tevye the milkman inspired the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $40–$75.
AWARDS: The 2009 Heritage Toronto Awards is on tonight with the CBC’s Mary Ito (Living in Toronto and Fresh Air) hosting the annual ceremony that celebrates “outstanding contributions—by professionals and volunteers—in the promotion and conservation of Toronto’s history and heritage landmarks.” Among the awards being handed out is the Special Achievement Award going to Stephen Otto, whose work preserving the importance of Fort York in Toronto’s Official Plan is one of the many projects that Heritage Toronto will be recognizing tonight. After the awards ceremony, the Great Toronto Roast—a birthday party of sorts in celebration of Toronto’s 175th—will see many well-known Torontonians, such as former mayor David Crombie, d’bi young, Yuk Yuk’s comedian Freddy Proia, and Jan Wong roast this great city. The Carlu (444 Yonge Street), 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), $30 (or $25 for Heritage Toronto members or groups of 10 or more).
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series continues its reign over all things literary in Toronto with an evening celebrating Damian Rogers’ debut poetry collection, Paper Radio: Poems. The one-time Eye Weekly arts and lifestyle editor will sit down with author Claudia Dey for a Q&A, which will be followed by a mix of curiosities including a short poetry/dance film by Chris Murphy (Sloan) and Rebecca Mendoza (Pony Da Look), a “poetry listening booth” created by Tara White, and musical performances by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo, Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke), Kate Boothman (Sunbear), and Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean from The Sadies. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5 (free with book purchase).
FILM: Drag Me To Hell was a triumphant return to gory (and campy) form for director Sam Raimi (Spiderman movies, Evil Dead series). It was one of the better movies this summer, and to celebrate its DVD and Blu-ray release this week, the Bloor Cinema will be screening the unrated director’s cut of Drag Me To Hell for the low, low price of nothing. The film stars Alison Lohman, Justin Long, and Raimi’s well-honed taste in classic horror. It follows a loan officer, Christine (Lohman), who gets cursed by an old gypsy and has to find a way to break the curse before she gets dragged to hell. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., FREE (seats are first come, first served).