In today's UP: sit on the titular chair at the Game of Thrones exhibit; watch the (literal) giants of wrestling at the WWE Raw:Road to Wrestlemania; catch closing theatre productions like Seeds, Night of the Iguana, and The Paprika Festival; and watch comedians lock joke horns at the White Rhino Spectacular!
EXHIBIT: HBO Canada opens its Game of Thrones exhibition (titled, appropriately, “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition”) officially today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with lots of costumes and props from the hit fantasy show on display. The whole thing will run daily for 10 days over the March Break, as a promotion for the show’s second-season premiere on April 1. Everyone’s going to want to get their pictures taken seated on the show’s iconic throne (we’ve already seen some pics pop up on social media from yesterday’s preview). TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), noon to 8 p.m., FREE (with reserved ticket.)
WRESTLING: The WWE Raw: Road to Wrestlemania lands on Toronto with a sweaty, ripped body slam. Confirmed wrestlers include John Cena, CM Punk, Kane, and more—and if you know wrestling, you know there’s always bound to be a few surprises. Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place (100 Princess Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $25–$80.
THEATRE: More than half a dozen shows close this weekend, and here are a couple you might want to try to see before that happens. We gave a great review to Crow’s Theatre’s Seeds, which takes a documentary look at Prairie farmers versus the Monsanto Corporation (Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $15—$35.) We’ve also heard good things about veteran actor David Ferry’s turn in Tennessee Williams’ Night of the Iguana (Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $10–$25.) And The Paprika Festival, showcasing new work by young emerging artists, wraps up this Saturday at the Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgeman Avenue), Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Comedian and producer Wayne Jones is making a lot of promises in the promotion of the White Rhino Spectacular, the premiere of “Toronto’s Hottest Improv Comedy Party.” In addition to the improv competition, which will crown one triumphant winner, there’s gonna be musical acts, door prizes, drinking competitions, and more. But Jones has assembled a killer line-up, including members of Mantown, the Sketchersons, Standards & Practices, and more. He also has a great backing musician in Sheezer member (and Torontoist contributor) Robin Hatch, so we think we might be charging to this show ourselves. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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