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ART: Visual artist Micah Lexier has a fondness for paper and math. He has managed to weave these interests together into a year-long exhibition at Art Metropole, “Twelve of One,” which started in January. The vitrine displays, which will change monthly, consist of an array of items including stationery, found objects, altered books, coins, printed cardboard, metal objects, measuring devices, games, and labels. Concurrent with his project for Art Metropole, Lexier has produced a one-year installation for the BMO Project Room, “I Am The Coin,” which is comprised of twenty-thousand custom minted coins with a single letter of the alphabet, forming a series of words and sentences, telling a story that was written by Derek McCormack. Art Metropole (788 King Street West, 2nd Floor), opening reception Saturday 1–3 p.m., FREE.
WINTERCITY: The seventh annual WinterCity festival continues this weekend with a variety of events. Kensington Market’s Bread and Circus will host the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, LAL, and members of the Chhandam Dance Company for a South Asian–themed concert, “Temples 2 Terabytes.” Meanwhile, at Nathan Phillips Square, twelve scenes from the book of Genesis will be recounted through music and dance against a backdrop of projected images of water and fire in “Cosmogonia,” performed by Compagnie Les Passagers. Another highlight of the weekend, also taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, features a fire installation and choreographed performances as part of “Angel of the Apocalypse.” Various locations, times, and prices.
BLACK HISTORY: The Kuumba Festival, billed as the city’s longest-running and largest Black History Month festival, is back for its fourteenth year. This weekend kicks it off the with the themes of “old school” and “the power of love,” celebrating the history and future of black culture. Fittingly named after the Swahili word for creativity, the festival will feature Caribbean cuisine, food demonstrations, African drumming, dance, film, comedy, and literary events by local and international artists. The headliner for Saturday’s events will be Saidah Baba Talibah, with her unique blend of rock, funk, and soul, alongside special guest DJ L’Oqenz. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Fans are jammin’ this weekend to pay homage to a reggae icon and celebrate what would have been Bob Marley’s sixty-fifth birthday. The fifth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute is a concert fundraiser to benefit the Yonge Street Mission and will feature musical performances by Humble, Tréson, Fulla Sound, Nkruhma, I-Sax InJAH, Friendlyness and the Human Rights, Melodic NYC, and DJ Carl Allen. The event, hosted by Al St. Louis, will also feature a visual arts exhibition and a raffle with sweet prizes like a trip to Jamaica. Several other celebrations are happening around the city, including the fifth annual Nufunk Bob Marley Tribute Show to benefit the Parkdale Food Bank and a performance by the IrieBand as part of “In the Spirit of Love and Unity.” Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), Saturday 9 p.m., $15 and a non-perishable food donation. Advance tickets available at Soundscapes or TicketWeb.ca.
WORDS: Filmmaker Kevin Smith, creator of View Askewniverse comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, is embarking on a spring tour to promote the upcoming release of his newest action comedy, Cop Out. The film chronicles two veteran NYPD detectives who are pursuing a memorabilia-obsessed gangster, believed to be in possession of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card belonging to one of the cops. If it’s anything like his Smodcast or previous appearances, Smith’s uncensored talk and Q&A session will be a humorous talkfest covering whatever is on his mind, flanked by plenty of profanity. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), Saturday 8 p.m., $49.50–59.50 (available online).
CRAFT: City of Craft‘s Becky Johnson and The Workroom‘s Karyn Valino are well-respected in the Toronto crafts community, known for their passion for all things DIY and handmade. They have joined forces once again to present “The Love and Rummage Trunk Show 2,” offering an afternoon of locally made goods and vintage wares with a Valentine’s Day theme. The sale will showcase many local businesses and crafters, including Kid Icarus, Papersnake Jewellery, Cecelia Hayes, Shannon Gerard, and Snap & Tumble—just to name a few. The Workroom (1340 Queen Street West), Sunday 12–5 p.m., FREE.