This weekend, a dog convention brings out your inner awww; the AGO invites art lovers to a TV marathon; improv comedy show Monkey Toast makes its triumphant return, and more!
PETS: Cats. What are they good for, anyway? If you’re rooting for the other team, check out the The Purina National Dog Show—which will feature relay racing, a grooming competition, and doggies, doggies, everywhere. Mississauga’s International Centre (6900 Airport Road), Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m., $10 adults, $6 children.
ART: You don’t have to take a trip to Oz in order to learn to appreciate where you come from, but it never hurts to do so. Using video and photography, artist Jenn E Norton brings you No Place—an installation to explore the relationship between residence, ownership, and home. Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond Street W., Suite 376), Saturday, opening reception 2 p.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
TV MARATHON: Love to watch TV? Love to discuss art? Well, the stars have aligned to let you do both things in one go. The AGO is hosting a nine-hour marathon of the second season of the Bravo show Work of Art. Don’t miss this opportunity to hang out in the AGO after hours (and score free pizza). Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street W.), Saturday, 3 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Monkey Toast, the much beloved improvised talk show, is back! The show, which ended its seven-year run back in May 2010, returns with host Ron Tite and the Monkey Toast Players (including Colin Mochrie, Lisa Merchant, Jan Caruana, and many more). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street W.), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.
BURLESQUE: Woo hoo! If you’ve ever wondered what Springfield’s most memorable cartoon family would look like sans clothing, you’re in luck. We Put the Spring in Springfield is a Simpsons-themed burlesque show brought to you by the same people who put on Marvelesque last year. There will also be Classic Simpsons Trivia to test the die-hard fans. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Saturday, 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door.
MUSIC: Ah, the 80s. So much use of synths. It’s a shame we don’t see too much of that anymore. But never fear: Synthicide is here to fulfill your synthpop and electropop needs. The night features beats by DJ Lazarus and EBM/Industrial Room so you can get your groove on while also enjoying the $4 drink specials (before 11:30 p.m.). Nocturne (550 Queen Street W.), Saturday, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., $3 before 11 p.m., $5 after.
YOGA: Don’t miss this great chance to do something healthy—and for a great cause. Fitness for Food: Yoga Nia Zumba Party invites yoga-lovers for a fun-filled day of stretching, dancing, and a shiatsu massage. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable item for the UTSU Food & Clothing Bank. Great Hall, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), Sunday, 9:30 a.m., $25.
ART: Though it’s probably too early to gauge the true impact of the Occupy movement, it goes without saying that it has already had a significant impact on popular culture. Take Pre-Occupied, a pop-up exhibition inspired by the protests, for instance. Participating artists will explore the theme of claiming space for expression. Garden Garage (173 Macdonell Avenue), Sunday, Opening Reception, 3 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
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