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A sample of the wares available at The Bazaar of the Bizarre, one of the many costume shopping options available this weekend to Halloween keeners. Photo courtesy of Adriana Fulop.
Served up for Thanksgiving Weekend: a festival of soup, the NBA comes to town, Hot Hot Heat teams up with some east coasters, improvisers pay tribute to Glee, several costume shop n’ swap options, and the opening of Nightwood’s new theatrical season.
FOOD: The harvest season is upon us, and that means more than turkeys and pumpkin pies—it also means a selection of savoury slurpables at Soupalicious! Presented by the veggie growing and sharing initiative Plant a Row Grow a Row, the celebration of soups will feature a number of Toronto chefs filling their stewpots with locally grown vegetables and stirring up all sorts of gourmet treats. Attendees are welcome to bring contributions from their own gardens, or to purchase materials from the on-site farmers’ market. From borscht to bisque, there’s bound to be something for all appetites—and plenty of opportunities to learn for amateur urban gardeners. Heritage Court at Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., $15 with ten soup samples, $35 family pass with twenty-five samples.
SPORTS: Hoops fans are in for a treat over the long weekend as interactive basketball festival NBA Jam Session arrives in town after a month of traveling around various Canadian cities. Saturday will feature plenty of interactive exhibits and giveaways, in addition to appearances by former Raptor Charles Oakley and Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes. On Sunday, fans will be invited to show their own skills, as the festival opens up for an all-day three-on-three tournament. Registration to compete is here, for $60 a team. Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), Saturday and Sunday, FREE.
MUSIC: West coast alt-rockers Hot Hot Heat will be performing a second show during their Toronto visit due to popular demand. Joining the quartet at The Mod Club—and balancing out the coasts nicely—will be Newfoundland group Hey Rosetta! and Nova Scotian Rich Aucoin. Get tickets while you can, as this excellent all-Canadian lineup is likely to be a popular show. The Mod Club (722 College Street), Saturday 7 p.m., $22.50.
COMEDY: Fall has brought the return of many favourite television shows, including the popular high school musical Glee. The show’s cast may be stacked with some decent singers, but their work is only moderately impressive—they are, after all, still working with a script. If you want a musical to knock your socks off, check out Gleeks at Comedy Bar, an improvised homage to the Fox series. Directed by Canadian Comedy Award–nominated Darryl Pring, the ambitious show sets a team of talented improvisers the daunting task of improvising their way through a show choir comedy-drama. A small suggestion to the audience: bring slushies for judicious and instant feedback. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday 10 p.m., $15.
SWAP: With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s natural to feel the cold grip of panic over not yet having found the perfect costume. Cleanse your soul of such dread this weekend at The Bazaar of the Bizarre, a costume marketplace hosted by cyber-industrial clothier Plastik Wrap. Artists, designers, costumers, and various other retailers and craftsmen will assemble to peddle their seasonally appropriate wares, and provide ample perusing for those searching for inspiration. If you’re also looking to pare down your own tickle trunk, other swap-friendly options over the weekend include OMG Swap 2 at the Mercer Union (Sunday, 12–6 p.m., $5) and Bunchland Swap at The Hub (Saturday 4–7 p.m., FREE). Pia Bowman Ballet School (6 Nobel Street), 11 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Nightwood Theatre kick off their 2010/11 season with The List, the 2008 French-language Governor General’s Award–winning story of a woman indirectly responsible for her friend’s death. Written by acclaimed Québécoise playwright Jennifer Tremblay and translated by Shelley Tepperman, the emotional tale features Allegra Fulton as the woman tormented by her choices and priorities. Given how impressed we were with Nightwood’s previous season, we definitely have our eye on them in their new year. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), Monday 8 p.m., $22–$49.