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Spring is here, and that means kickball! Photo courtesy of Patrick Adler.
On the docket this weekend: a conversation with cinematographer Christopher Doyle, TheatreSports finds a new home, a Holy Week burlesque show, a Tranzac dance party, the return of Toronto kickball, and a Victorian Bohemian cabaret.
FILM: Australian-born cinematographer Christopher Doyle is a big name in Asian cinema, particularly for his many collaborations with acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai. Doyle will be visiting the Lightbox this weekend for a conversation on his involvement with Wong’s Chungking Express, which will be showing for the next week. The film will be screening at 2:15 and 4:35 p.m. prior to Doyle’s talk, as well as afterwards at 9:20 p.m. Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Saturday 7 p.m., $15–$18.50.
COMEDY: The Bad Dog Theatre Company is still on the hunt for a permanent new home after leaving their former Danforth spot due to rising rent, but their popular Theatresports show will be relaunching this weekend at Comedy Bar! Toronto’s longest-running improv show, Theatresports has given rise to some of the city’s top improv talent, many of whom may be returning to the stage for this big night. Will a liquor license make them even funnier, or so incoherent that they can’t even find the stage? Time shall tell. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday 8 p.m., $12 regular, $10 students.
BURLESQUE: The scandalous ladies of Skin Tight Outta Sight have something a little more titillating than an egg hunt in mind for the long weekend! Biblical Burlesque will offer up plenty of sexy, sultry sacrilege as the team are joined by guests from Boylesque and Genie nominated jazz performer Terra Hazelton for a bit of salacious sacrament. While the vestments are flying, be sure to drop a coin or two into the collection plate, which is being donated towards the Japan relief effort. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday 9 p.m., $30 for seats, $20 for standing room.
PARTY: The Tranzac has regained its legs since announcing it was in a spot of trouble last fall, but the battle for stability isn’t quite over yet. On the plus side, this means further opportunities to party in the Annex to drum up support and funds, as in this weekend’s Save the Tranzac Dance Party. Come shake your groove thang for a good cause as DJ Cool Adam spins 60s soul, New Wave, and what is described as “non-judgemental danceable rock,” all on vinyl. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), Saturday 9 p.m., PWYC.
SPORTS: Spring weather may still be trying to muscle through the last vestige of winter cold, but we’re through waiting around to play outside! Toronto Kickball resumes their weekly series of the popular playground pastime, also known in some circles by the descriptor soccer-baseball. The kickoff (ohoho) game will be this Saturday and will include a celebratory afterparty, then continue every Sunday thereafter through spring and summer at 5:30 p.m. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, go ahead and brush up on the rules, but let me save you some time: it’s baseball, but with kicking. ‘Nuff said. Alexandra Park (Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West), Saturday 5:30 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Disillusioned with the standard nightclub fare, the organizers of Salon Noir set out to host an evening of classy counterculture entertainment in the stylings of a Victorian Bohemian cabaret. Costumes are highly encouraged, with suggested themes including steampunk, tribal fusionist, or “Oscar Wilde goes to the Bat Cave”. The evening will include several performers, including New York’s Voltaire and the UK’s TyLean. Dinner reservations are available for 7 p.m., with the main show beginning at 8:30 p.m. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), Sunday 7 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door.