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Dancers Laurence Lemieux and Graham McKelvie, pianist Andrew Burashko, and violinist Marie Berard perform in 15 Heterosexual Duets, part of Harbourfront Centre’s The Kreutzer Sonata. Photo by John Lauener.
THEATRE: After a sold-out run last year, the Art of Time Ensemble‘s production of The Kreutzer Sonata returns to Harbourfront Centre from tonight until March 21. The dramatic portion of the evening—adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name—was devised by actor and Soulpepper founding member Ted Dykstra, and tells the story of a marriage destroyed by jealousy and sexual politics. The evening will also include 15 Heterosexual Duets, set to Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, danced by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and choreographed by National Ballet of Canada bigwig James Kudelka. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West); tonight–March 20 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 2 p.m.; $19–$49.
MUSIC: You remember Fred Penner. He was the guy who used to regularly crawl through a hollow log into the cutest little forest hideaway imaginable on Fred Penner’s Place, which aired on CBC from 1985–1997. There, he would regale his rapt audience with songs (including his ominous hit “The Cat Came Back”) and valuable life lessons. Tonight, Penner shifts to a slightly more grown-up, but equally cozy venue as he performs at Hugh’s Room, returning to his folk-music roots. Penner will be accompanied by his friends Ken Whiteley, Paul O’Neill, and Sam Broverman. Opening for Penner will be Liam Titcomb, Daniel Wiebe, and Penner’s daughter, Hayley Gene. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West); 8:30 p.m.; $20/adv., $22/door.
FESTIVAL: The biennial Free Fall Festival, a multidisciplinary arts event focusing on “performance without a net,” returns tonight. This year’s edition will be the largest ever, with nine performance works being produced until March 28 at the Theatre Centre, Harbourfront Centre, the Music Gallery, and in the Queen West neighbourhood. The festival kicks off today with a performance piece by Governor General’s Award–winning multidisciplinary artist Tanya Mars. Her new work, Six Images In Search of an Artist: Remix, explores the senses and gleans inspiration from the French medieval tapestry series The Lady and the Unicorn. The performance will run for seven hours, during which audience members can drop in at their leisure. (For info on more festival events, please visit the festival’s website.) The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), today and tomorrow from 3–10 p.m., $10 (for tonight’s event).
CABARET: Feathertale—online magazine, small-house press, arts review, and one of Canada’s most distinguished hubs for literary humour—will launch the new issue of The Feathertale Review tonight at This Is Not A Reading Series‘ latest event. Editor Brent Popplewell and several Feathertale contributors will stage a fake podcast in the form of a cabaret, performing several short pieces. Marc Glassman, former owner of Pages Books (R.I.P.) and executive director of TINARS, will host the event, which will include a round of “Where’s Graham Roumieu Hiding,” a variation of Where’s Waldo focusing on the elusive illustrator. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5 (free with book purchase).