Weekend Planner: October 22–23, 2011
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Weekend Planner: October 22–23, 2011

In this Weekend Planner: Zombies and sex! It's like a Zack Snyder movie come to life. Learn something new at the "Everything To Do With Sex Show," get spooked at the Toronto Zoo, join the undead as the 9th Annual Zombie Walk takes to the streets, take part in an environmentally friendly scavenger hunt, see three plays and get dinner in one cheap package, party down at the first annual AvroFest, feel just peachy at a Roald Dahl celebration, and enjoy a sexy Halloween burlesque show with Les Coquettes.

Celebrate Halloween early with Les Coquettes, a cabaret burlesque. Photo by Ryan Visima.

SEX: Now that we have your attention, let us tell you about The Everything To Do With Sex Show, featuring such activities as “Got Ass Best Booty Contest,” “The Bad Boy of Hypnosis,” “Bottoms Up, Impact Play,” “I’m A Little Tied Up,” “Hedonistic Lifestyle,” and many more, this show promises to oil those rusty “kinks” in your sexual lifestyles. Fun for the whole family! (and by “family” we mean the Toronto fetish-community family of course). Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building (255 Front Street West), Friday to Sunday, ticket prices vary.

ZOO: With Halloween quickly approaching, the Toronto Zoo is getting in on the festivities with double weekends of family-friendly terror. Boo at the Zoo, otherwise known as “kids, we’ve let the polar bears out of their cages, try not to die” (kidding!), is an all-ages event featuring trick or treating on a pumpkin trail, a creatures costume parade, and the beloved hay maze. The Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $23 (kids 12 and under wearing costume get in FREE).

THE UNDEAD: It’s finally happened. Mankind spent way too much time playing with chimps. Or the CDC had an accidental explosion. Maybe some teenage punks used a Ouija board on an Indian burial ground. The reason doesn’t matter. What does matter is that on Saturday, the dead will rise. No insanely popular science fiction series could prepare us for this. Just run. Don’t walk. Or walk, cover yourself in blood, groan like Toronto councillors debating the next budget, and try to blend in. That works too. The 9th Annual Toronto Zombie Walk starts at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Saturday, pre-festivities (including a zombie wedding?!) start at noon, walk starts at 3 p.m., FREE.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: Fans of the reality show The Amazing Race will appreciate this scavenger hunt of sorts—a race around the city to learn more about Toronto’s green projects. The first annual Eco Chase challenges teams to search for Toronto’s Earth-friendly movements. Sustainable food and drinks will be available at stops along the way! The chase begins at 221 Yonge Street, Saturday, noon, $30 registration.

THEATRE: Hockey season is back, which means we’ll get to see more triple-plays! …For those of you still reading, the Off Bathurst Theatre District Marathon is teaming up three fabulous plays and putting them under the umbrella of one cheap ticket price. The plays include Those Who Can’t Do…, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), and HARDSELL. In addition to the performances, the ticket price also includes dinner at Diverso by Ferraro 502 and transportation between the theatres. Even Toronto’s current occupiers couldn’t protest that bargain! Starts at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), Saturday, 2 p.m.–10 p.m., $95.

PARTY: Music and community are always a recipe for success. The Avro bar is holding a mega party offering music, art, circus performers, and a giant mustache in memory of Jack Layton. The first annual AvroFest will feature Still Life Still, Shit La Merde, Gay, the Break Down, Damn Aykroyd, and much more. The Opera House (735 Queen Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., $15.

ROALD DAHL: Everyone remembers the real ending of James and the Giant Peach. You know, the one where just as the peach was about to touch down in NYC it got swept away by windy weather and instead landed in Toronto? This Sunday, check out Toronto Roald Dahl Day, in which the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach is celebrated with games, a scavenger hunt, a screening of the Tim Burton film, and much more. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, $10 (All Dahl Pass).

BURLESQUE: Yowsa, be careful you don’t burn your finger on all the spiciness this weekend has to offer. Turning up the heat on Sunday, join Les Coquettes, a cabaret burlesque ensemble, for a Halloween Spectacular. The night is a twisted take on beloved fairytale characters—bringing the familiar happily-ever-after worlds we know to a darker level. Revival (783 College Street ), Sunday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., ticket prices vary.

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