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Nicholas Campbell and Don McKellar reenact Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds with the Art of Time Ensemble. Photo by John Lauener.
This weekend in Toronto: a vintage sale to support Japan relief, a staging of an Orson Welles radio hoax, plenty of laughs for a good cause, Jane Goodall talks apes, feathers fly in an epic pillow battle, an evening of Rock Band karaoke, and a march to reclaim the word “slut.”
SHOP: Indie boutique and crafters’ haven Nathalie-Roze & Co. is holding a weekend fundraiser for Japan, with all funds raised being donated to the Red Cross tsunami relief effort. Local designers and shops have donated clothing, crafts, beauty products, accessories, delicacies, and more, much of which will be going for up to 70% off its regular price. Check the website for the impressive list of contributing designers. Nathalie-Roze & Co. (1015 Queen Street East), Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 12–5 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Orson Welles’ 1938 radio drama interpretation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds remains to this day one of history’s greatest hoaxes, having caused widespread panic over a fictional alien invasion. This weekend the Art of Time Ensemble is staging live dramatic performances of the broadcast to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Bernard Herrmann, the Academy Award–winning composer who contributed scores to most of Welles’ oeuvre, as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s. The performances will feature a five-piece band bringing Herrmann’s music back to life, live sound effects, and a talented cast made up of Nicholas Campbell, Don McKellar, and Marc Bendavid. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Saturday 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m., $25–$59.
COMEDY: April Fool’s Day may have meant a few laughs at your expense, but this weekend you can laugh with the crowd at Raising the Roof‘s fourteenth annual April Fools Weekend of Comedy. Saturday’s performances will be led by that kid you may know from the hall, Scott Thompson—replacing formerly scheduled host Jon Dore, as listed on the posters. (The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), Saturday 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $34.95.) Sunday’s big show is an All Star Comedy Cabaret, hosted by CBC’s Steve Patterson, and boasts a lineup including such comics as Shaun Majumder, Ryan Belleville, and Evan Carter. Second City (51 Mercer Street), Sunday 7:30 p.m., $150.
LECTURE: Doctor Jane Goodall is a name pretty familiar to all of us, given her well-publicized studies of chimpanzees. The groundbreaking primatologist will be giving a lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of her pioneering work. For a few dollars more you can also attend a reception with the good doctor, and talk chimps over canapes. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), Saturday 7:30 p.m., $65 for lecture, $150 with reception.
BATTLE: Prepare to let the feathers fly at the annual Toronto Pillow Fight put on by newmindspace. For the first time the event will be held on a Saturday to coincide with International Pillow Fight Day, and, unlike previous battles, it will be held at night. BYOP, but feel free to drop it in the Pillow Truck following the fight so that it may be redistributed to the needy—because everyone enjoys a good pillow fight. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), Saturday 8 p.m., FREE.
KARAOKE: SemiSolidMedia hosts Toronto’s longest-running Rock Band Night, and they’re gearing up for another battle of the digital bands. Consult the track list, fill out a request slip, and then rock out with your team of musical superstars in front of an enthusiastic audience. Pro thrashers are welcome to bring their own Xbox 360–compatible guitars for that personal touch. Rockie Racoons Eatery (2579 Yonge Street), Saturday 9 p.m., FREE.
PROTEST: A recent boneheaded comment by a Toronto cop about how a woman makes herself more likely to be raped by “dressing like a slut” has drawn the ire and indignation of the community, and inspired a bit of reprisal. Although the officer has apologized for his comment, there is still a pervasive belief that a portion of blame in rape cases can be attributed to the victim, which, frankly, is pure bollocks. To raise awareness, people will be taking to the streets for SlutWalk, which will begin at Queen’s Park South and march to Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street. Queen’s Park South, Sunday 1:30 p.m., FREE.