This weekend: Nuit Blanche returns! Also, the Ryerson Image Centre opens; the Toronto Underground Market has a birthday party; wander Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market; and more.
DANCE: Ever wished you could moonwalk from one end of the subway to the other, or wander around wearing a shiny glove and not get weird looks? Here’s a chance to bring out your inner smooth criminal with The Ultimate Michael Jackson Dance Class. This 60-minute workshop aims to teach some classic MJ moves to dancers of all experience levels. Canada’s National Ballet School (400 Jarvis Street), Saturday, 5:30–7 p.m., PWYC.
NUIT BLANCHE: Prepare your coffee, dust off that winter gear, and make sure you get plenty of sleep on Saturday morning, because the all-night art event is back. Nuit Blanche is taking over the city with installations ranging from giant floating things to multi-dimensional sculptures. Make sure you check out our Nuit Blanche preview to get a taste of some of the highlights. We’ll also have a liveblog on the night. Click here for all the event locations. Saturday, 7:03 p.m. to sunrise, FREE.
GALLERY OPENING: Though there are about a hundred things worth highlighting for your Nuit Blanche to-do list, one thing that mustn’t be missed is the long-awaited opening of Toronto’s newest public gallery. The Ryerson Image Centre invites art-lovers and Nuit Blanche wanderers to check out their grand new building, as well as its very first exhibition: Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection. Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street), Saturday, 7 p.m.–7 a.m., FREE.
DANCE: This weekend, witness the debut of the very first dance performance from Rutherford Movement Exchange. Ascension tells stories of struggle and loss. From director and choreographer Stephanie Rutherford. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), Saturday and Sunday, times vary, $26.
FOOD: Food lovers and supporters of local cuisine: if you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Toronto Underground Market, now’s your best chance. Toronto’s first social food market is turning one year old, and wants you there to celebrate. To ring in this year of spotlighting home cooks and food entrepreneurs, TUM is offering an all-ages farmers’-market-style event, with plenty of food to try from their all-star vendors. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Sunday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., $10.
PEDESTRIAN LIFE: Did you miss Yonge Street’s brief stint as a pedestrian-friendly public space? Head on over to the last 2012 edition of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. There, you can celebrate the harvest in a car-free zone and check out some local business, musicians, and performers. Kensington Market, Sunday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: By Sunday night you may be depressed that the weekend is over already, but never fear: some laughter will help you start the week anew. The funny ladies of CHICKA BOOM are making their return with a night of standup and sketch comedy, singers, and dancers. Hosted by Jess Beaulieu and Laura Bailey. Free Times Cafe (320 College Street), Sunday, 8 p.m., PWYC.
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