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Efrat Eyal’s Model Home is on display as part of the Gardiner Museum’s From the Melting Pot into the Fire: Contemporary Ceramics in Israel exhibit, running until May 9.
ART: Since the days of ancient Israel, ceramics have been a thriving field in the Holy Land, and the Gardiner Museum’s exhibit on its contemporary incarnations, From the Melting Pot into the Fire, will run until May 9. The show features works by forty-two Israeli artists such as Michaela Orstav, Sara Shuraki, and Avner Singer, who will explore the complexities of modern Jewish identity. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (111 Queen’s Park); Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $12/adults, $8/seniors, $6/students, FREE/kids under twelve.
WORDS: Tonight, Guy Gavriel Kay, the Canadian novelist known for his high-fantasy concoctions and intricate world-building, will hold the worldwide launch of his new book, Under Heaven. Kay is best known for The Fionavar Tapestry, a trilogy set in both the fictional land of Fionavar and at U of T. He will be interviewed by The Walrus‘ managing editor, Jared Bland, who recently wrote a post about the novel on the magazine’s blog. Come early, as seating is limited. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Sharkwater, Rob Stewart’s award-winning Canadian documentary from 2007 is kind of the anti-Jaws, focusing on advocacy for the shark population. In the film, Stewart confronts shark poachers in Costa Rica, uncovers the brutality of mass shark-finning plants, and assesses the growing demand for shark-fin soup in Asia, all of which are putting sharks in danger of extinction. Tonight, the ROM will screen the film, and Stewart will be present for an in-depth discussion. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Daniel MacIvor‘s words have been dazzling Torontonians on stage for over twenty years, and starting tonight, you will be able to match a face to the name. This Is What Happens Next, the latest in a series of one-man shows written and performed by MacIvor and directed and dramaturged by Daniel Brooks, opens tonight and runs until May 8. The two Daniels have collaborated on a number of meta-theatrical minimalist gems over the years, and their latest effort is described as a “scary fairytale with a happy ending,” taking the audience on a wild journey through addiction, divorce, The Little Mermaid, and John Denver. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street); Monday–Saturday 8 p.m., also Wednesday 1:30 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m.; $25–$45.