In today's UP: the Word Festival's 76 hours of Shakespeare & the King James Bible; (actual) Brothers of the Weird; Woody Allen's Death: A Play is Arts & Lies' first stage baby; Greg Proops is Comedy Bar's 3rd anniversary guest; and Maylee & Pegwee Power fundraise to get to Europe.
FESTIVAL: The Young Centre and Soulpepper are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with Word Festival, a weekend of readings and performances tied into the themes of the King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare. The festival opens proper this evening, but launched yesterday at 3 p.m. with a 76-hour-long continuous reading of the Bible, which will run until Sunday evening. Among the weekend’s performances: Raoul Bhaneja’s Hamlet (Solo), The National Theatre of the World’s Impromptu Splendor, and live readings of Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery’s graphic novel Kill Shakespeare. The Young Centre (55 Mill Street, Building 49), Friday 8 p.m.–Sunday 9:30 p.m., $59 full festival pass, $15-$25 single performance tickets, KJE Bible reading FREE.
EXHIBITION: A new exhibit, Brothers of the Weird, opens tonight at Cooper Cole, showcasing work by a group of friends, “some who are actual brothers, all of whom are actually weird.” The first exhibit at this new gallery, the artwork’s been inspired by graffiti, classic Saturday morning cartoons, and other colourful inspirations “outside the lines.” Cooper Cole Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: New theatre company Arts and Lies is opening their debut season with Woody Allen’s Death: A Play. Staged on the (heated) back patio of The Cadillac Lounge, a man is awoken by an angry mob and thrust into a chase for an alleged killer (Allen’s play was inspired Eugene Ionesco’s The Killer). Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: Comedy Bar, celebrating its third anniversary, has veteran stand-up Greg Proops guesting on its weekend slate of shows. He’ll be doing improv tonight with fellow Whose Line Is It Anyway? alumni Colin Mochrie as a competing team at Catch 23 Improv, followed by a boozy set with the wastrels of Mantown; late in the weekend, he’ll be performing his own show, and hosting Sunday Night Live. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), $15–$20.
MUSIC: Maylee Todd and her band, Pegwee Power, have plans to tour Europe this winter and spring, but they need to raise some traveling scratch in advance. Hence tonight’s fundraising party at new space PLACEBO, with fellow out-there acts Strange Robotics and Tropicalia. Placebo Space (1409 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.
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