Today: immerse yourself in a Halloween movie screening with 360 Screenings, attend a roundtable discussion on violence in mystery novels, and watch Miss Caledonia try to escape rural 1950s Ontario to become a movie star.
FILM: Have you ever loved a movie so much that you wanted to live it? Tonight, 360 Screenings can make that dream a reality, Halloween-style. In this unique cinematic experience, scenes from a movie are presented in live-theatre installations, and attendees are encouraged to explore the sets and interact with the actors. Since the movie choice is secret, audience members have to pay attention to the scenes and dialogue for hints. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East), 7–10:30 p.m., $60, students $40.
AUTHORS: Join a roundtable of mystery writers in The First Cut is the Deepest, as part of the International Festival of Authors. Mark Billingham, Gail Bowen, Mons Kallentoft, and Joey Slinger will discuss the use of violence, gore, and realism in their work. To be hosted and moderated by the Globe and Mail‘s Martin Levin. Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $18.
THEATRE: In Miss Caledonia, Peggy Ann Douglas is a 1950s farm girl who longs to escape rural Ontario to pursue her dream of movie stardom. Based on a true story, this one-woman show seamlessly weaves together comedy, drama, and live music. Written and performed by Melody Johnson, with an original score by Alison Porter. Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21—$53.
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