The Men in White at Factory Mainspace


Where:
Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide
When: October 13 – November 4, 2018
Cost: Ticket prices start at just $20 for previews and range from $40-$50 for regular performances and Student and Senior prices also available. Play Pass prices range from $84 for a 3-Play Mid-Week Pass
to $180 for a 6-Play Anytime Pass. Can be purchased at www.factorytheatre.ca/2018-19-season.

Details: Factory presents its 49th Season “Canada at Your Doorstep,” six provocative works in the Mainspace that challenge and interrogate popular narratives of Canadian identity. The 2018-2019 season begins with the return of Dora Award-winning playwright Anosh Irani (Bombay Black) to Factory, and the Toronto premiere of his latest play, The Men in White, directed by Philip Akin.

Abdul’s Vancouver cricket team wants to end its losing streak by recruiting his younger brother Hasan, a talented “all-rounder” from India. One problem is that he is a professional chicken cutter from the wrong side of town – a fact not lost on some of his teammates, let alone the immigration authorities. Bringing Hasan to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all of the team agree it is worth the cost.

Alternating between the Dongri neighbourhood of Mumbai, and a Vancouver locker room, this touching and funny story follows a charming band of feisty misfits as they discover that home can be found in a sport, and unite family across nations.

 The Men in White is a heartwarming tale of love, life, and how to hit a googly!

More Info: factorytheatre.ca   @FactoryToronto 

Studio 54 Documentary opens in Toronto and Montreal

 

Liza Minelli, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol and Halston at Studio 54. Photograph by Adam Schull.

Where: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West; Toronto & Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal
When: Opens October 12, 2018
Cost: General Admission is $11.50 at Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema and can be purchased at www.hotdocscinema.ca

Details: Glamour, greed and thumping tunes put Studio 54 at the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, director Matt Tyrnauer’s (Valentino the Last Emperor, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Citizen Jane) feature documentary Studio 54 tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

For 33 months, from 1977 to 1980, Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, inclusion and acceptance as well as glitz and glamour.  Attracting a steady stream of celebrities including regulars like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Jones and more the club was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the outgoing bon vivant who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the behind-the-scenes creative mastermind who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise.

With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54 constructs a vivid, glorious Disco Noir portrait of a phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through it all.

**Running time:  98 minutes**

More Info: www.hotdocscinema.ca

Waterlicht – Experience the Power and Poetry of Water 




Where:
The Bentway
When: October 12-14, 2018. Due the unique nature of the installation, Waterlicht can only be viewed after sunset, 7pm-11pm.
Cost: Free

Details: Waterlicht, designed by acclaimed Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, is The Bentway’s first site-wide artistic endeavour. This large-scale light installation illustrates the universal power, poetry, and danger of water and will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto. The dream landscape is created through the imaginative use of LEDs, special software, and lenses. Larger-than-life, cascading waves of blue light will soar underneath the Gardiner Expressway, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Toronto’s shoreline.

Originally, Waterlicht was created for the Dutch District Water Board. As a travelling exhibition, site-responsive versions have been staged in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, London’s Granary Square, and Paris’ Parc Clichy-Batignolle. The work will have its Canadian premiere at The Bentway and will embrace the unique physical features of the site while acknowledging its past as the original shoreline of Lake Ontario.

To foster a city-wide conversation about the importance of clean water, the environment, and climate change, The Bentway is working with numerous partners. This additional programming includes: a panel discussion with the Art Gallery of Ontario; a youth ambassador program with Ryerson University’s School of Professional Communication and Ryerson University’s Urban Water Centre, and Waterlution; and a two-part educational workshop with the Ontario Climate Consortium and OCAD University.

Additionally, a customized soundscape accompanies Waterlicht, including local stories about Toronto’s waterfront by prominent civic figures, historians, artists and others. Waterlicht Radio will focus on pressing issues and personal memories related to Toronto’s waterfront. The stories will live on as an enduring legacy of Waterlicht’s appearance in Toronto and serve as a stirring call-to-action for a city-wide conversation around clean water initiatives and climate change.

Waterlicht is the signature piece within The Bentway’s fall public art exhibition, “If, But, What If?” The exhibition explores what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be in the ever-evolving city of Toronto, while positioning The Bentway as a leader for innovation in art and public practice. “If, But, What If?” runs September 14 through November 30, 2018.

“If, But, What If?” includes works from Michael Awad (Toronto), Steven Beckly (Toronto), Wally Dion (Upstate New York / Haudenosaunee territory), Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani (Toronto and San Francisco), Alex McLeod (Toronto), Sans façon (Calgary), and Jon Sasaki (Toronto).

More Info: TheBentway.ca/Waterlicht @TheBentway #TOBentway #Waterlicht

Kevin Morris at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

 

Where: Tallulah’s Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
When: October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Cost: $20 Advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets log on to www.buddiesinbadtimes.com

Details: “He’s back – For One Night Only! Kevin Morris returns to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with a brand new cabaret. Backed by a band, led by the incredible Donavan LeNabat, with the glorious vocals of Tess Barao and Christian Baes, Kevin catches up on the last year of adventures, lost love, new love, and hopes for the future. Featuring great songs from artists, including Sara Bareilles, Matt Alber, Taylor Swift, and a Broadway tune or two, you’re set for a night of killer voices, tons of laughs, and maybe a tear or two.”

More Info: www.buddiesinbadtimes.com @buddiesTO  @buddiesto

Six Pianos at Koerner Hall

 


Where:
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. West
When: October 12, 2018 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets from $22 to $67.50 and can be purchased at www.soundstreams.ca or 416.504.1282

Details: The musical spectacle that is Six Pianos opens Soundstreams’ 36th season at Koerner Hall. Showcasing a rich and varied contemporary repertoire for multiple pianos, exemplified by Steve Reich’s seminal work. There’s also a world premiere for multiple pianos from Canadian composer André Ristic, alongside works from Cage, Lutosławski, Alexina Louie and Colin McPhee. The performance features a who’s who of pianists/percussionists including Russell Hartenberger, Greg Oh, Stephanie Chua, Ryan Scott and Midori Koga.

More Info: www.soundstreams.ca  @soundstreams @soundstreams

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