Flashing Lights at The Theatre Centre

Photo Credit: Adam Paolozza

Where:  The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Mainspace, 1115 Queen Street West
When: October 7-22, 2017
Cost: Pay What You Can Afford $5, $25, $45, $60 (plus applicable service charges). To purchase 416.538.0988 or visit online at theatrecentre.org

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol

Details: Flashing Lights is an original play exploring how digital technology is radically shaping human evolution. The production tells the tale of Peter (Dan Watson), an unremarkable guy who inexplicably becomes famous. His dizzying rise and fall effects everyone around him, in particular his family; his savvy wife Shannon (Miranda Calderon) and their child Ter (Liz Peterson). What starts off as a portrait of contemporary family life quickly unravels into a meditation on the borders between digital and physical existence and the future of this brave new world being created.

The show combines a fantastical absurdist narrative with a highly physical theatrical style using technology like smart phones and tablets as puppets, masks, light, and sound sources. Drawing on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Sherry Turkle, Jean Baudrillard and other theorists, Flashing Lights speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. Will humankind’s frail, flesh and blood selves be able to keep up?

This new play has been created collaboratively by award-winning theatre artists Adam Paolozza (Dora Award Spent & The Double), Guillermo Verdecchia (Governor General’s and Chalmers Award Winner), Ken MacKenzie (Kim’s Convenience, Brantwood), Dan Watson (This is the Point, What Dream it Was), Liz Peterson (Performance About A Woman, Capitalist Love Duets) and Miranda Calderon (Butcher, Taking Care of Baby).

More Info: www.badnewdays.com  @badnewdays  www.
ahuritheatre.com  @Ahuritheatre

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at AGO

Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House Photo © Josh White/JWPictures.com

Where: AGO
When: September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Cost: Timed-entry tickets go on sale to the public on Sept. 15, 2017 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at www.ago.ca, in person and by phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under. AGO Members have access to an exclusive preview before the exhibition opens to the public.

Details: This September, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is home to the only Canadian stop of an exhibition that offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed and fascinating filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters explores the creative mind of del Toro and his love of monsters of all kinds, with objects including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film, all organized in eight thematic sections.

The exhibition features approximately 4,150 objects, including:
– over 450 items del Toro accumulated over many years, usually contained in Bleak House;
– 95 items from the AGO, Toronto artists, collectors and industry colleagues of del Toro;
– over 1,600 comics on loan from local comic retailer The Beguiling; and
– over 2,000 rarely seen books from the AGO’s historic Grange House library.

Some of the highlights include:
– life-sized figures of del Toro’s most visually striking monsters, such as The Faun and Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth), the Angel of Death (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Santi’s Ghost (The Devil’s Backbone);
– eleven silicone figures of characters from films and real life, some commissioned by del Toro specifically for the AGO exhibition;
– reproductions of over 700 different book covers for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, along with over 100 different copies of the book itself, sourced by curator Jim Shedden and which are unique to the AGO’s presentation of the exhibition;
– gallery design and decor that simulates the ambience of the original Bleak House;
– an original musical experience featuring music from del Toro’s films and 19th century composers, performed live during Gallery hours by several local pianists;
– two free audio tracks available for download on your smartphone or tablet: one featuring del Toro himself speaking on several exhibition highlights, and one with an atmospheric score composed by Gustavo Santaolalla specifically for At Home with Monsters.

More Info:  www.ago.ca  #GDTAGO.

The Fish Eyes Trilogy at Factory Theatre

Anita Majumdar. Photo by Andrew Alexander

Where:  Factory Mainspace Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: September 26 – October 15, 2017
Cost:  Single tickets start at just $20 for previews and range from $30-$50 for regular performances. Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available. Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street, visit www.factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971. *Please note all three plays will be performed as a single performance each evening/matinee

Details: Factory’s 2017-2018 season Shaping Stories launches with the acclaimed Nightswimming production, The Fish Eyes Trilogy, an audacious trio of one woman dance-plays from award-winning playwright, dancer, choreographer and performer, Anita Majumdar.

The exhilarating coming-of-age plays, Fish Eyes, Boys With Cars, and Let Me Borrow That Top are told through the eyes of three different teenage girls who attend the same school in small town, BC. The three girls, alongside their family and friends, portrayed by Majumdar in a tour-de-force solo performance, discuss everything from cute boys to colonialism to consent.

With razor sharp writing, humour and elegance, the production embraces the incredible highs and devastating lows that come with the awkwardness of youth, including bullying, teenage heartache and cultural identity, interspersed with spellbinding traditional and contemporary Indian dance. All three plays will be presented as a single performance each evening/matinee.

Written, choreographed and performed by Anita Majumdar. The trilogy was originally produced in January 2015 at The Cultch in Vancouver, and published in 2016. Since then, a recent adaptation of Boys With Cars won the 2017 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division. A Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Majumdar is also highly trained in Indian dance and is a recipient of the  Governor General Protégé Prize in Playwriting.

Dramaturge, director, writer, and Artistic Director of Nightswimming, Brian Quirt has commissioned more than twenty new works of dance and drama with Nightswimming, many of which have gone on to acclaimed productions in Toronto and across Canada.  In addition to his work with Nightswimming, Quirt also serves as Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab, and Chair of the Board of Directors of LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas).

More Info: www.factorytheatre.ca  @FactoryToronto #ftFishEyes #ftShapingStories

Sixth Annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness

Where: Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton
When: September 24, 2017
Cost:  To register to walk visit www.melanomanetwork.ca.

Details: Join the Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC) for the sixth annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness supported by NEUTROGENA with 20 walks across Canada and a virtual walk. Lace up your sneakers and help raise awareness and funds for melanoma patient support programs, prevention efforts and increased awareness by taking part in walks in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park, Mississauga’s Erindale Park and Hamilton’s Confederation Beach Park. Registration is at 9am.

Toronto – Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street
Mississauga – Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas Street West
Hamilton – Confederation Beach Park, 585 Van Wagners Beach Road

Melanoma Walk for Awareness Schedule:
9am Registration and Opportunity for Team Photos
9:30am Opening Ceremonies
9:50am Warm-Up Stretching
10 Ready, Set, WALK!
Noon Walk wraps up
Speakers will be available for interviews between 9am – 9:30am in each location.

Melanoma is one of the top seven most frequent occurring cancers in Canada and is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in youth ages 15-29. You are at a higher risk of developing melanoma if you have one or more of the following characteristics: prolonged exposure to UV radiation including outdoor sun and artificial UV radiation (tanning beds, sun lamps); severe blistering, sunburns before the age of 20; a family history of melanoma; more than 50 moles on your body; moles with unusual shape or colour; skin that tends to burn; fair or freckled skin; red or blonde hair and blue eyes; or a weakened immune system.

Melanoma can be a deadly form of cancer, but if diagnosed early, it is often treatable. It is one of few cancers that is preventable and is visible to the naked eye.

More Info: @MelanomaNetwork    www.melanomanetwork.ca

Sina Bathaie to Perform at Kensington Market Jazz Festival

Where: The Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue
When: September 17, 2017 at 3pm to 4pm
Cost: Tickets are available at the door for $12

Details: Windcatcher Records World music recording artist Sina Bathaie will be performing at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Sunday September 17. He composes and blends Persian melodies in unique arrangements with western instrumentation which creates a hypnotic world fusion experience.

A composer, Santur-player based in Toronto, Bathaie is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe. Born in Iran, he started learning Santur at age seven from his father, Master Javad Bathaie. He then followed his passion in music by practicing Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud and explored the concept of rhythm by learning Tonbak (Persian Percussion).

More Info: www.sinabathaie.com  @SinaBathaie  www.instagram.com/sinabathaie/  @KensingtonJazz @Handlebar_TO   www.kensingtonjazz.com

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