The Big Five: April 24-27
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The Big Five: April 24-27

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Photo from Studio Ghibli Double Bill event Facebook page.

Tangled Arts Festival: Strange Beauty
401 Richmond (401 Richmond St. W)
April 24, 9:00 am – 7:00 p.m. April 25, 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

This collection of new exhibits and performances, carefully selected and commissioned by Canada’s leading disability arts organization, invites audiences to reimagine and rediscover conventional notions of beauty while wandering through the galleries, cafes and public spaces of 401 Richmond.

Studio Ghibli Double Bill: Spirited Away & Princess Mononoke Screening
The Smiling Buddha (961 College St) 

April 25 & April 26, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
No cover. Snacks, drinks and popcorn for sale.

The much beloved Studio Ghibli recently ended its epic run of producing whimsical anime feature films, which include some of of the highest grossing Japanese films in history. Two of those are getting shown free of charge at the Smiling Buddha, with breaks for food, drink, and snacks. Presented by Second Star, more information can be found here.

Toronto Music City Town Hall Meetig
The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.)

April 25, 2:00 p.m.

What is Toronto music, and what would a Toronto Music Office look like? This meeting joins members of the public with Wavelength Music’s Jonathan Bunce, North by Northeast’s Cheryl MacIver, Harbourfront Centre’s Sergio Elmir, Rap N Roll’s Dalton Higgins, blogTO’s Aubrey Jax, and the Music Gallery’s David Dacks, to help bolster discussion and field audience questions.

Catch 23 Accurately Predicts the Weather

Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St W)

April 18, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
Returning Champs Kayla Lorette, Becky Johnson and Evany Rosen face off against Bob Banks, Mark Little, Gary Rideout Jr. and friends in an improv comedy battle of wits.

Domingão do Samba! (Big Sunday Samba) with Batucada Carioca & friends
The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.)
April 26, 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
$10 at the door.

An afternoon-to-evening event that invites the whole family to chill out, dance, play and hang while to the Brazilian rhythms of Roda de Samba and a raucous Batucada. Guests interested in more than just music can also enjoy an arts and food marketplace, children’s activities and games including face painting and mini ping pong.