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Five hundred and forty portraits of citizens make up one giant Face of Toronto in Jim Hake’s new exhibit. Photo courtesy of Jim Hake.
This weekend in Toronto: a very sustainable solstice festival, Sondheim’s Roman comedy musical, ice ice skating while the DJ revolves it, a giant face mural unveiled, an improvised tribute to David Mamet, and a small army of comics each joke for a minute.
FESTIVAL: The Evergreen Brick Works are inviting everyone to come on down to their community environmental centre for a Winter Solstice Festival. The haven of urban sustainability will be unveiling its new skating garden in the picturesque valley, followed by family crafts and snacks. Sundown will bring campfires, parades, storytelling, mulled wine, and bannock—whatever that might be. The evening is set to wrap up with a graduation ceremony for the Evergreen’s internship program, followed by a screening of several holiday films in the Young Welcome Centre. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Saturday 4–10 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Mirvish is ending this year—and beginning the next—with a bit of Roman farce in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The madcap musical tells the tale of the slave Pseudolus and his efforts to win his freedom by teaching his young master the art of wooing. For the first time ever two actors will share the lead role, with Sean Cullen opening Saturday night and Bruce Dow on Sunday afternoon. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $55–$120.
SKATING: Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Saturday Nights invites some of the country’s hottest disc masters to help spin skaters right ’round the Natrel Rink. This weekend’s skate party is hosted by 1 Love T.O. and features official DJs of the Toronto Blue Jays, DJ DLux and DJ Jedi. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a rink party without hot chocolate, so expect a complimentary cup or two. The Natrel Rink (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday 8–11 p.m., FREE.
ART: During this year’s Nuit Blanche sculptor Jim Hake took over three thousand portrait photographs of passing patrons. Since then he has selected five hundred and forty snapshots and turned them into Face of Toronto, a giant mosaic shaped into one collective mug of our city. The artist will be present for the inaugural reception Sunday afternoon, where you can peruse the portrait and see if you recognize anyone you know—or yourself. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), Sunday 1–4 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The National Theatre of the World want to wish you a merry $%^#ing Christmas and a happy &@*$ing holidays from the bottom of their hearts with a special holiday edition of Impromptu Splendor, Mamet-style. The improv troupe’s third annual X-Mas Special pays homage to the king of machismo himself, David Mamet, with the aid of technological stagecraft gurus The Playground Group. The show will be preceded by the Impromptu Splendor Play Reading Series, including readings from special guests and Mamet alum Ted Dykstra, David Ferry, and Jeff Margolis. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), Sunday 7:30 p.m. (reading), 9 p.m. (show), $12.
COMEDY: If a satirical improvised homage to one of theatre’s great playwrights doesn’t quite suit your attention span, you may want to try out Laugh Sabbath‘s sixth and final installation of The Loner Show. Seventy-nine comedians take to the stage for one minute apiece, each performing a bit of non-standup comedy. With a lineup that includes talent like Pat Thornton, Alana Johnston, Levi MacDougall, Sara Hennessey, and Nikki Payne, it’s certain to be a veritable whirlwind of laughs. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), Sunday 9 p.m., $5.