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The cast of Canstage’s Frankenstein, which opens tonight and runs until May 29.
ART: The Ontario College of Art & Design—which could soon be redundantly renamed OCAD University—holds its ninety-fifth annual graduate exhibition from tonight until Sunday. In Enter OCAD, over five hundred graduating students will exhibit their thesis work in a dozen different disciplines, including drawing and painting, sculpture, photography, and material art and design. Participating artists include previous medal winners Reena Katz, Meryl McMaster, Catalina Navarro, and Marissa Neave. Main Building and Sharp Centre for Design (100 McCaul Street), and OCAD Student Gallery (285 Dundas Street West); tonight 6:30–10 p.m.; May 7, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; May 8 and 9, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; FREE.
CYCLING: If you live in Toronto, there’s a good chance that at one time or another, Igor Kenk stole your bike. Instead of mourning your loss, come celebrate how mass bicycle thievery was able to create a media firestorm, a local celebrity, and a genuine sense of bonding among now-bikeless members of our community. Kenk: A Graphic Portrait is a documentary in graphic-novel format, created by Alex Jansen, based on footage shot by Jansen and filmmaker Jason Gilmore, and written by journalist-cum-cyclist Richard Poplak. A launch party is being held tonight, where the book will be available for purchase on-site from Type Books. The Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: As far as literary figures go, Yann Martel is pretty polarizing—his penchant for the surreal leaves some readers enchanted and others rolling their eyes. Recently, he’s earned both praise and flack for his non-fiction project, What is Stephen Harper Reading?, either a noble or condescending pursuit, depending on your taste. Now, nine years (and a two-million-dollar advance) since Life of Pi was published, Martel’s latest novel, Beatrice & Virgil, is on shelves. Tonight, he will appear at the Appel Salon for a talk and reading. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: If Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein musical wasn’t to your liking, Canstage is offering its own irreverent adaptation of Mary Shelley’s monumental novel. Frankenstein, conceived by Edmonton’s Jonathan Christenson, is a startlingly visual adaptation of the novel, in which the ethereal costumes and set made entirely of paper are juxtaposed with arresting visuals and shocking swaths of colour. The play, which opens tonight and runs to May 29, incorporates poetry and song, and its spectacular visuals truly embrace the source text’s inherent Gothicism. Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $20–$74.
FILM: Hot Docs continues this weekend, and so does Torontoist’s coverage of it. Get more Hot Docs right here.