Weekend Planner: March 12–13, 2011
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Weekend Planner: March 12–13, 2011

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Morro and Jasp host the Lunacy Cabaret Pajama Party this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Up Your Nose and In Your Toes Productions.

This weekend in Toronto: 1833 comes alive at Campbell House, the Mercer Union spikes your tea, a pajama party with clowns, a syrup shindig in the city, the launch of a new sci-fi graphic novel, and a new sex-positive film festival.

HISTORY: The austere Campbell House at the corner of University and Queen gives us a glimpse into Toronto’s past, but this weekend it becomes all the more compelling with the addition of Montreal’s Time Nomads Society. These historical recreationists will fill the historic home with a cast of characters straight out of 1833, discussing the heated political climate of the era and observing the strict code of social etiquette. Visitors are welcome to observe the daily goings-on of these detailed characters for as long as they wish, and gain some insight into the lives of early Canadians. Campbell House (160 Queen Street West), Saturday 12–8 p.m., Sunday 12–4 p.m., PWYC.
ART: The Mercer Union invites art lovers to come visit this weekend for tea—with a twist. The contemporary art centre is hosting Spiked Tea, a fundraiser featuring a wide selection of delicious teas that can be paired with an even wider selection of spirits. Furthermore, a number of artists will be in attendance to offer up lively conversation at their individually decorated host tables. If that’s not enough, several local foodie hotspots will contribute delicacies to pick from. Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West), Saturday 2 p.m., $60.
CABARET: For those who have always found a bit of tumbling too difficult to manage in daytime clothes, the Centre of Gravity has a solution. The theme of the circus training studio’s monthly Lunacy Cabaret event is Pajama Party, so grab your footies and head on down for a bit of madcap vaudeville. Comedic clowning duo Morro and Jasp play hosts for the showcase of vaudeville, comedy, and burlesque, all in support of Circus Without Borders. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday 8:30 p.m., $13 in advance, $16 at the door.
FOOD: It’s not just apples and oranges that make up the bounty of local fruitpicking organization Not Far From the Tree: they also have a sweet haul of sugary syrup from the city’s maple trees. They’re inviting the neighbourhood down to enjoy their sticky spoils at Syrup in the City, Party in the Park, an urban ode to the popular sugar shack tradition. Live music, all ages activities, pancakes, and of course plenty of syrup will be on hand—and all free. Now that is one sweet deal. Dufferin Grove Park, Sunday 1–4 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Three of the last teenagers on Earth are faced with the potential extinction of the human race in Fiona Smyth‘s new science fiction graphic novel The Never Weres. Smyth—whom you may recognize from her weekly comic Cheez—will launch her new all-ages book at a This Is Not a Reading Series event, where she will be interviewed by Globe and Mail arts columnist R.M. Vaughan. Audience members at the all-ages event will also be invited to doodle along with the artist in a live collective drawing jam. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Sunday 2 p.m., $5 or free with purchase of book.
FILM: Scintillating erotic live drawing series The Keyhole Sessions is dreaming up even more ways to spice things up with their newest innovation, the Sex+ Film Festival. Promoting a healthy and open approach to sexuality, the film series offers up a new scandalous reel every Sunday in March. Last week was office D/s romance Secretary, while this weekend will feature the sensuous Australian romp—and one of Hugh Grant’s first roles—Sirens. The Royal Cinema (608 College Street), Sunday 7 p.m., $12.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: It’s on, and it’s full of more music than you can handle. Keep an eye out at 11 a.m. every day between now and Sunday, when we’ll be publishing our list of tonight’s best picks.