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Anna Jane McIntyre from And then there were 4. Photo by Elaine Excoffier
In this Weekend Planner: performances of all shapes and sizes, ranging from boundary-pushing new theatrical work, to vaudeville and circus, to premodern music, to a portrait of a surrealist painter, to an homage to great feminist art.
FESTIVAL: Buddies In Bad Times’ Rhubarb Festival continues this weekend, after opening this past Wednesday. Dozens of artists from all walks of life present new and genre-breaking works, many of which feature Toronto and its future at their core. Don’t miss Small Wooden Shoe‘s performances of Upper Toronto, which stages a community consultation regarding a proposal to build a shiny new Toronto on top of the existing one, and Buddies’ resident company Ecce Homo performing a one-night-only showstopper, Of A Monstrous Child, a Gaga musical. There are also mobile performances roaming the neighbourhood, social events all Sunday afternoon, showcases of never-before-seen works and, as can be expected at Buddies, epic dance parties into the evening. Buddies In Bad Times (12 Alexander Street) multiple performance times, $20.
CABARET: Should you find yourself anywhere near Gerrard and Greenwood on Saturday evening, get thee to Centre of Gravity—a vaudeville theatre and circus training studio. Therein will be February’s Lunacy Cabaret, called My Bloody Valentine, a vaudeville cabaret featuring clown, circus, and comedy in support of Circus Without Borders. This month’s theme is Zombies and Lovers, and costumes are encouraged. Tickets can be had at theSideshow Cafe. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East) Saturday at 9:30 p.m., $16.
MUSIC: The Toronto Consort presents a sequel to their popular Marco Polo Project of two years ago, this time featuring music that the famed explorer would have been exposed to upon his return to Europe. Special guests are vocalist Suba Sankaran, tabla player Ed Hanley, Sampradaya Dance Creations, and choreography by Lata Pada. Trinity St Paul’s (427 Bloor Street West) Saturday at 8 p.m., $21–$50.
THEATRE: Le Théâtre Français de Toronto and TheatreRUN mount a portrait of surrealist artist Antonin Artaud, using his poems, letters, and memories told by his closest friends. A collaboration between Adam Paolozza (TheatreRUN) and Michele Smith (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Artaud: Un Portrait En Decomposition centres on the artist’s statement La vie est de brûler des questions (Life is to burn all questions). Théâtre Français de Toronto’s Centre for Creation (21 College Street, office 610) Saturday at 8 p.m., $20.
ART MARATHON: The Kensington-based home and workspace of Lauren Stein will be occupied for twelve hours on Sunday by twelve artists and seven performers creating Overtime–Time and 1/2; artists, poets, writers, dancers, and performers will fill every space of the house. The project is inspired by the 1972 Judy Chicago–led project Womanhouse, and organized by the art collective/soon-to-be gallery space That’s Women’s Work. Laurentina’s Improv Club (51 Kensington Avenue, second floor) Sunday from noon–midnight, PWYC.