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Who knows what will happen at Ford’s Theatre? Photo by Suzanne O’Neill, courtesy of Duranleau Media Relations.
Today in Toronto: white people also like book readings, the Leahy family puts yours to shame, football players get folksy, and Abraham Lincoln gets it again at the theatre.
WORDS: Not just regular words, but funny ones that white people like. Yep, you got it (along with a fondness for Conan O’Brien and reruns of My So-Called Life): Christian Lander, author of internet-sensation-turned-bestselling-book Stuff White People Like, is back in business with the sequel, Whiter Shades of Pale. (We spoke to Lander about it last week.) The former Torontonian gone L.A. (a classic white move) is reading one-lined advice for the other side: how to deal with the Caucasian population of hipsters from coast to coast. Dora Keogh Irish Pub (141 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The newly renovated Sony Centre is bringing out the big guns this Christmas—and tonight is no exception. Get in the spirit already with A Leahy Family Christmas, a family of step dancers, fiddle players, and holiday singers belting it out for one night only as part of their North American tour. Leahy is the Juno Award–winning multi-generational family powerhouse that rocks traditional roots and folk while skipping with French Canadian dance—and they’re way better than your family, admit it. Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (1 Front Street East), 7:30 p.m., $35–$71.75.
MUSIC: Who says football players aren’t sensitive souls? The CFL Sessions is an ongoing project set to shatter your preconceptions, jerk. Performance artist-slash-songwriter Henry Adam Svec, after a long summer of touring, hits Toronto with a crazy premise: what if a folklorist discovered tapes of songs from the 70s as recorded by Canadian football players? It’s confusing, we know—the genre-defying piece is mystifying audiences across the country, but in all the right ways and at just the right time. Svec performs at Tranzac Club (the much-beloved artist haven with an even cooler video) just in time for the Grey Cup. Tranzac Main Hall (292 Brunswick Avenue), doors at 7:30 p.m., $7.
THEATRE: Montreal’s Théâtre PàP production of Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre opens tonight upstairs at the Berkeley Theatre. Director Claude Poissant takes a meta-meta-textual approach to (spoiler alert) Lincoln’s assassination: two actors, Laurel and Hardy, are hired to reenact the death, which also takes place in a theatre, giving a whole new dimension that questions the very nature of American society. French with English subtitles, so bring your glasses. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m. (through Sunday, November 28), $29–$46, PWYC on Wednesday.