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The Mill goes Exorcist with Part 1: Now We Are Brody. Photo by Chris Gallow.
Today in Urban Planning: Celebrating India at the AGO, Jason Bruges arts up your commute, The Mill is back with a vengeance, and we’ll all be wearing pink.
ART: To acknowledge 2011 as Canada’s Year of India, the AGO is hosting a delicious Indian celebration, Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts. It’s just as elaborate as you’d hope—expect live performances, cooking demonstrations, henna tattooing, special exhibits, and more—and, even better, students and all visitors aged twenty-five or under are free (you lucky brats!). Our pics so far are the special performance of the King’s Salon by Toronto-based Asian dance company inDance, or make-your-own-costume plus embellishments on Family Sunday. Better yet, check out the full schedule here. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), noon–8:30 p.m. (through until Sunday), FREE ($22 for 26+).
TALK: British artist, architect, and interaction designer Jason Bruges stops by York University for the 2011 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts. He’s chatting about his groundbreaking studio—one of the U.K.’s leading art and design spaces—that creates customized interactive installations, interventions, and spaces that merge art and design. The Canadian connection? Bruges is presenting the public art commission for the TTC’s much-hyped York University Station, of the proposed Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, which’ll save you from the Steeles bus (shudder) eventually. Want some intimate design deets? Better hop on that bus one more time. Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University (4700 Keele Street), 4:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: We plugged Theatrefront’s four-part production The Mill before, and reviewed the most recent part here, with just one complaint: “If The Mill has a shortcoming, it’s the daunting matter of seeing four separate productions for the full experience.” Well, your answer has arrived. Starting Wednesday and running through until Sunday, The Mill is staging all four spooky stories—in order—of a mill in Eastern Ontario throughout its creepy history. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 8 p.m. (showings through until January 29), $15–$30.
AWARENESS: In partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart and The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, today is the second annual National Wear It Pink Day. A whopping one of every seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancers in her lifetime. The organizers of Wear It Pink want you to don something rosy to help make her fight a little easier. Sounds simple, we know, but Pink Day and its friends have raised $112 million for cancer research and care. Think Pink! Anywhere, anytime, FREE.