In Conversation: Andrew Hunter and Paul Butler

Patrons take in works in Micah Lexier's "One, and Two, and More Than Two" exhibit. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

  • Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery presents, as part of its In Conversation series, a discussion with Andrew Hunter (curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Paul Butler (curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery). The two men will be talking about their own curatorial approaches, as well as the Power Plant’s current exhibition, Micah Lexier’s “One, and Two, and More than Two,” which features over a hundred collaborators.

Details: In Conversation: Andrew Hunter and Paul Butler

Golden Ages: The Fully Improvised Musical

Improviser Kirsten Rasmussen will be backed by an orchestra in Golden Ages.

  • Annex Theatre (730 Bathurst Street)
  • 8 p.m.

There are musical improv shows from time to time in Toronto, and usually they involve a musical accompanist on a keyboard. But an orchestra? Golden Ages promises “a musical that has never been seen before, and will never be seen again.” Inspired by Broadway classics like Pal Joey and Oklahoma, this one-night-only affair will feature a half-dozen musicians and a cast of eight singing improvisers, including Ashley Botting, Kris Siddiqi, and Kirsten Rasmussen.

Details: Golden Ages: The Fully Improvised Musical


The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

Details: The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

“David Bowie Is” Is Taking Over the AGO

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • All day

When it was originally unveiled at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (England, not Ontario), the “David Bowie Is” exhibition shattered attendance records, selling over 42,000 advance tickets. Now that the show has come to Toronto, it’s easy to see why it was so successful. Composed of over 300 objects from David Bowie’s personal archive, spanning his entire career, the exhibit is arranged and presented as a completely immersive experience, enveloping visitors in a kaleidoscopic visual and aural landscape that would be overwhelming if it weren’t so brilliantly arranged and intelligently guided.

Details: “David Bowie Is” Is Taking Over the AGO

Evil Dead The Musical Returns to Toronto

Ryan Ward and Laura Tremblay in Evil Dead The Musical. Photo by David Hou.

  • The Randolph Theatre
  • All day

Since its humble beginnings in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club back in 2003, Evil Dead The Musical has steadily risen in infamy as a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek, gore-soaked musical experience. From those earliest shows, the musical has gone on to make an off-broadway debut, to win and be nominated for several Dora awards, and to play in dozens of cities around the world, from Montreal and Vancouver to Tokyo and Madrid. It was high time that the show make a triumphant homecoming to a stage in Toronto, and it finally has, at the Randolph Theatre.

Details: Evil Dead The Musical Returns to Toronto

TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker.

Details: TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

On Stage Theatre Arts Series

Chris Abraham, winner of the 2013 Siminovitch Prize (with protege winner Mitchell Cushman at right), will speak on November 11 at the On Stage Theatre Series. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Toronto Public Library launches its fifth-annual On Stage Arts Series, giving Torontonians inside glimpses of new upcoming plays with the artistic directors of different companies. On October 28, Factory Theatre co-artistic director Nigel Shawn Williams talks with The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble playwright Beth Graham; on November 4, Studio 180 AD Joel Greenberg talks about Gods of Carnage; on November 11, recent Siminovitch Prize recipient Chris Abraham, AD of Crow’s Theatre, chats with Marcus Youssef and James Long, writers and performers of Winners and Losers; and on November 25, Theatre Passe Muraille’s associate artistic producer Rob Kempson will be on hand to discuss the play he’s written, The Way Back to Thursday.

Details: On Stage Theatre Arts Series