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David Willekes will provide the visuals in the Polydactyl Hearts Collective performance this Saturday. Image courtesy of Images Festival.
MUSIC/ART/FILM: The Images Festival continues this long weekend, and a sure bet is the Polydactyl Hearts Collective performance this Saturday, which will also kick off Wavelength‘s latest monthly series, Wavelength 501. The PHC is a music/visual arts collective best known for 2008’s “graphic novel bike opera,” Le Cyc. Their new work combines David Willekes’ stop-motion oil paintings (photographed consecutively on a single canvas) set to an instrumental and lyrical score by the six-piece musical ensemble. The piece will explore contemporary issues like biological mutations, digital communication, and the transformation of urban space. Workman Arts (651 Dufferin Street), Saturday 9:30 p.m., $8; $10/Images members.
KIDS: Here at Torontoist, we have a soft spot for kids who make their own comic strips. This weekend, your kids will have the opportunity to channel their inner artiste and create their own strips at “Graphically Speaking for Kids,” a workshop in conjunction with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which will be held in May. Veteran animators Julie Faulkner and Brian Evinou will teach kids under twelve the intricacies of comic art. Who knows—you could have the next Stan Lee, Bil Keane, or Dave Gibbons living under your roof. To pre-register, call 416-395-5630. North Toronto Central Library (5120 Yonge Street), Saturday 2–3:30 p.m., FREE.
ART: In March 2001, the Taliban government ordered the destruction of two sixth-century monumental buddha statues in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley, declaring that idols were forbidden under Sharia law. Now, the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture explores the lasting impact of the statues’ destruction through a multimedia exhibit consisting of photographs, archival video footage, and miniature paintings. The installation, Bamiyan (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart), was co-produced by Vancouver artist Jayce Salloum and Afghan-Hazara artist Khadim Ali, both of who will participate in an Artist Talk in conjunction with the exhibit’s opening this Saturday. (The show runs to May 2.) Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), Saturday 1 p.m., FREE with admission ($22/adults, $19/students and seniors, kids 4–14/$15, kids 3 and under/FREE).
KIDS: If you’re an Easter-lover, the city has plenty of holiday-themed family events this weekend. The Toronto Zoo will host its annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza, where Easter eggs will be strategically hidden in various animal exhibits. Don’t forget to watch out for the magical Easter Bunny! And in the spirit of the glorious Garland-Astaire film, the annual Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade will take place this Sunday, featuring floats and marching bands, and grand-marshalled by two members of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Easter Egg-Stravaganza: Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue); Friday–Monday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; $21/adults, $15/seniors, $13/kids 4–12, kids 3 and under FREE. Easter Parade: Queen Street East, from Munro Park to Woodbine Avenue, Sunday 2 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If egg hunts and parades aren’t your thing, why not spend your Easter weekend with some sexy musicians? Plenty of excellent indie acts are hitting the city this week, including Julian Casablancas, Japandroids, and Crystal Castles, but British buzz band The xx are not to be missed. After seeing their debut album, xx, make it onto Best of 2009 lists from both Rolling Stone and NME, the dream-pop trio will grace Toronto with their haunting brand of moody minimalism this Sunday. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), Sunday doors 8 p.m., $20.
FILM: Everyone knows that archaeology only became cool with Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling, whip-wielding archaeologist who specializes in artifacts and kicking Nazi ass. While the most recent installment, starring an almost geriatric Harrison Ford, was a major disappointment, few action-adventure blockbusters compare to the original Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which screens Friday and Saturday at the Bloor Cinema. In it, Indy is sent by the U.S. government to recover the mythical Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can get to it and destroy humanity. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West); Friday 2 p.m., Saturday 4:15 p.m.; $5.