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One of the many mobile murals set to hit the streets today. Photo courtesy of Art on the Move.
Today in Toronto: various vehicles take to the streets as mobile art installations, a selection of new and classic works from Tapestry New Opera, a new staging of Rent in the Annex, and Luminato keeps on truckin’.
ART: Lakeshore Arts and Arts Etobicoke are teaming up to present the third and final installation of Art on the Move, an initiative that puts art on wheels. Fourteen professional mural artists will be joined by a team of more than 200 community members to paint and decorate 13 Toronto vehicles—including a 32-foot sailboat—then send them out to roam the city, free of the constraints of a gallery. A select number of the fleet will be forming a procession at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus to be admired. The Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive), 2 p.m., FREE.
OPERA: Tapestry New Opera will be culminating their 2010/2011 season with a showcase of works in development at the company, as well as selections from several full-length operas. The New Opera Showcase will include pieces inspired by everything from Icelandic mythology to Canadian immigrant experiences to love stories from a Glaswegian pub. Ernest Balmer Studio at Tapestry (55 Mill Street), 7:30 p.m., $25 regular, $20 students and art workers.
THEATRE: The Annex is attracting audiences with shows about bohemians throughout the ages lately, first with Against the Grain’s dive bar interpretation of Puccini’s La Bohème and now with Fallen Rock’s performance of the opera’s modern adaptation, Rent. Paris becomes New York’s Lower East Side and tuberculosis becomes HIV in this Broadway staple that celebrates la vie bohème against all odds. All proceeds from Fallen Rock’s production will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, a charity dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families. Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst Street), 7:30 p.m., $25–$55.
LUMINATO: The annual multi-disciplinary festival that “brings Toronto’s light to the world, and the world’s light to Toronto” runs from June 10–19 this year. Check out our preview of Luminato 2011, which includes Torontoist‘s top picks from this year’s festival.