In this Weekend Planner: a detective play takes to the stage, the TTC shows off its new streetcars, Randy "Macho Man" Savage gets an art tribute, Ryerson Theatre school celebrates the big 4-0 with a dance production, a critically acclaimed electronic musician celebrates his latest release, capture the flag takes over downtown Toronto, and the "Single Awkward Female" comedy show comes to town.
MYSTERY: If you think you look pretty fly in a detective hat, don’t miss “Crazy to Kill: A Detective Opera.” The play, which is 20 years old and yet is just reaching a Toronto stage for the first time, is a good old-fashioned whodunit—a tale about a string of murders in an asylum for wealthy people. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queen’s Quay West), Friday to Saturday, 8 p.m. $40.
TTC: Toronto’s streetcars are getting a much-needed upgrade. Check out the shiny new designs this weekend as the TTC offers a preview of the next generation streetcar. The new cars boast air conditioning, full accessibility, all-door boarding, and much more room. TTC Hillcrest complex (1138 Bathurst Street), Saturday to November 15, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Oh, Randy Savage, the world will never forget thee. The “Macho Man” himself, who passed away in May, performed in Toronto hundreds of times during his lifetime—helping to create the face of wrestling as much as any other icon. For that, an art show tribute called “Savage: Cult of Personality, Pure Media and the art of Macho Madness,” is being held in his honour, featuring multiple readings, live dances, and performance and video art. Ooh, yeah! White House Toronto (277 Augusta Avenue), Saturday, 7 p.m., pay what you can.
DANCE: Ryerson Theatre School is celebrating their 40th anniversary with one night of three dance works by legendary choreographer James Kudelka. “Living Dances” takes three of Kudelka’s older, more well-known works and puts them together for a new generation to experience. This will be the first time in Toronto that all three pieces have been performed together in one night. Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., $35.
MUSIC: Local electronic musician Sandro Perri is having a two-night release event for his extremely well–reviewed LP Impossible Spaces. Pitchfork says his latest effort “isn’t simply the most accessible and immediately rewarding album to bear Sandro Perri’s name, it also serves as a handy musical roadmap to its maker’s sinuous creative course.” TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), Saturday ($12) and Sunday ($10), 8 p.m.
CAPTURE THE FLAG: It’s time. Remember that hand you crushed last year when you tried to escape with the enemy’s flag through a pair of revolving doors? Yeah, it’s healed by now. So suit up and let the games begin. For all those seeking some solid adrenaline-pumping action, look toward CITY WIDE Capture the Flag 2011. The basics are the same from last year—two teams hide flags in various parts of downtown Toronto and teams are differentiated with multi-coloured glow sticks. Bikes, TTC, taxis, and all other modes of transportation are perfectly legal. Some safety tips: bring a cellphone, dress warmly, and for the love of Pete, don’t run into the middle of oncoming traffic. Meet in front of City Hall (100 Queen Street West), Saturday, 8:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Self-deprecating humour is one of the best kinds. Take Debra DiGiovanni, for instance, a Canadian comedian who recently embarked on a one-woman show entitled SINGLE AWKWARD FEMALE TOUR. Once a local club act, DiGiovanni has since swept up a multitude of awards (including Best Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards) and she is now owning the major theatres. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), Sunday, 8 p.m., $36.
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