Arts & Entertainment
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Ongoing cultural & community events in Toronto: Feb 12 – 26

Art, film, readings, stage and community events

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The Hi-Libido Show 2

A group exhibition of salacious art. Valeria Rzianina, Fiona Smyth, Daniel Erban, Ed Pien, Michael DeForge, Balint Zsako, Catherine Heard and more. Till Sun, Feb 15. 1pm-6pm. Wed-Sun. Gallery 1313. 1313 Queen St W. 536-6778.

The group show, featuring work by Roy Arden, Karin Bubas, Douglas Coupland, Chris Gergley, Brandon Lattu, Evan Lee and Mark Lewis, is based around collections and memorabilia. 10am-6pm. Tue-Sat. Noon-5:30pm. Sun. Till Sun, Mar 1. Monte Clark Gallery. 55 Mill St, bldg #2. 703-1700.

Judy Chicago
The feminist art goddess fest continues with two more local exhibitions. When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread, a show of textile and craft-related work curated by Allyson Mitchell. A complementary show, She Will Always Be Younger Than Us, featuring Orly Cogan, Wednesday Lupypciw, Cat Mazza, Gillian Strong and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, runs concurrently. Events, screenings, lectures and workshops throughout the run. $6-$12. PWYC. 5pm-8pm. Wed. Opening. 6pm-8pm. Wed, Feb 11. 11am-5pm. Mon-Sun. Till Sep 7. Textile Museum of Canada. 55 Centre Ave. 599-5321. Double Vision is a two-person show with Chicago and husband Donald Woodman. Opening. 7:30pm-10:30pm. Fri, Feb 13. Till Mar 15. O’Connor Gallery. 145 Berkeley St, #100. 921-7149.

Funk Aesthetics
Luis Jacob and Pan Wendt curate this show of music/fashion/performance-inflected art. Includes work by Leigh Bowery, Nick Knight, Will Munro, Adrian Piper and others. Opening. 5pm-8pm. Thu, Feb 12. Mon-Wed. 11am-5pm. Thu & Fri. 11am-7pm. Sat & Sun. 1pm-5pm. Till Mon, Mar 23. Justina M Barnicke Gallery. 7 Hart House Circle. 978-8398.


New Pop Realists Intellectually Engaged in Story-telling. A group show featuring work by Aleks Bartosik, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Billy Copley, Scott Ellis, Scott McEwan, Robert Farmer, Ed Giordano Jr, Ashley Johnson, Zachari Logan, Jesse McCloskey, Julie Oakes, Srdjan Segan and Jenny Wing Yee Tong. Opening. 6pm. Fri, Feb 13. Noon-6pm. Wed-Sat. Till Mar 21. Headbones Gallery. 260 Carlaw Ave, #102. 465-7352.

Imagine, There
Three Contemporary Mythologies. Kevin Hegge curates Terence Koh, assume vivid astro focus and Oliver Husain in a group show. Opening. 7pm-9pm. Fri, Feb 13. 11am-6pm. Tue-Fri. Noon-5pm. Sat. Till Mar 13. A Space Gallery. 401 Richmond St W, #110. 979-9633.

Sin & Salvation
Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision. A one-of-a-kind retrospective of the arch-dandy of the Pre-Raphaelites, which gathers together more than 60 works, including Hunt’s canonical The Awakening Conscience. $10-$18. Free. 6pm-8:30pm. Wed. 10am-5:30pm. Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun. 10am-8:30pm. Wed & Thu. Sat, Feb 14-May 10. Art Gallery of Ontario. 317 Dundas St W. 979-6648.

Nina Konneman

Oliver Husain programs this exhibition of Konneman’s animations and documentary video installation, revolving around the artist’s visit to the British resort towns of Southport and Blackpool. Opening. 7pm-9pm. Wed, Feb 25. Noon-5pm. Tue-Sat. Till Sat, Mar 21. Gallery TPW. 56 Ossington Ave. 645-1066.

Montreal Artists at MOCCANicolas Baier presents his painstaking digitally altered photographs in the main exhibition space, and Valerie Blass’ Un Fois de Trop (One Time Too Many), consisting of sculptures and video that deal with abjection and the human body, fills the Project Room. 11am-6pm. Mon-Sun. Till Sun, Mar 29. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. 952 Queen St W. 395-0067.


(Re)Tracing Fred
Darcy Callison deconstructs Hollywood masculinity through its canonical performers, channelling everyone from Fred Astaire to John Travolta in his new performance. $10-$15. 8pm. Tue, Feb 24-28. 2pm. Feb 25 & 28. Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre. Accolade East bldg. York University. 4700 Keele St. 736-5888.


Love Lights

Dean Goldstone’s couture designed, restored period lampshades and light fixtures. Also showing paintings by Dana Boettger. Opening. 5pm-9pm. Thu, Feb 12. 11pm-7pm. Tue-Fri. 1pm-9pm. Sat. Noon-4pm. Sun. Till Mar 16. Aldridge Art Gallery. 161 Gerrard St E. 964-8824.


Ivan the Terrible I & II
Cinematheque Ontario screens both parts of this operatic, expressionistic, crypto-homo classic by Soviet cinema queen Sergei Eisenstein. Presented as a double feature, two nights in a row. $7.08-$11.56. 7pm & 9pm. Fri, Feb 13 &14. Jackman Hall. Art Gallery of Ontario. 317 Dundas St W. 968-3456.


Erotic Arts & Crafts Fair

Going out for a romantic candlelit dinner too cliche? Scented bubble bath too cheesy? Out of ideas for a fun Valentine’s Day? Go to the fair, this year called A Groovy Kind of Love, and get yourselves the perfect his-and-his or hers-and-hers dildos, restraints, winged glass genitalia, chain-mail jewellery, vulva puppets or, if you’re hungry, erotic pastries. Free. Noon-8pm. Sat, Feb 14. Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor. 1214 Queen St W. 531-4635.

DJ SK8 Nights

Denise Benson and Cozmic Cat spin electro, breaks, techno, house and hip hop for a special Cherry Bomb edition on ice as part of this weekly skating night. Free. 8pm. Sat, Feb 14. Natrel Rink. Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queen’s Quay W. 973-4000.

February sex workshops

Edumacate yerselves, people! Come as You Are presents two sex workshops: Hazardless Flirting with Dana Shaw (Wed, Feb 18) and a seminar on the ins and outs of stripping and lap-dancing, Take It Off with Confidence (Tue, Feb 24). $30. 7:30. Come as You Are. 701 Queen St W. 504-7934.


Hunter Valentine

Sexational local rockers, supported by Chad Michael Steward and the Switch. Tix available at Rotate This (801 Queen St W). $10 adv; $13 doors. 7pm. Sat, Feb 14. The Reverb. 651 Queen St W.

Ina Unt Ina
Get jiggy mit it. An extravaganza event for the CD release of All Sides of Ina. To celebrate, musical duo Christina Zeidler and Celina Carroll asked friends to cover their songs. Featuring performances (or whatever) by Gentleman Reg, Lucas Silveira, GUH, Nolan Natasha, Emma McKenna, Ryan G Hinds, Joanne Mackell, Keith Cole, Mao Mao, Daddy K and the Rhythm Method, Scandalnavia, Sasha Von Bon Bon, Allyson Mitchell, Chelsey Lichtman, Fat Femme Mafia and Liza Bozikovic. With DJ Conner. $6; $15 with CD. 9pm. Fri, Feb 13. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 1214 Queen St W. 531-4635.


In celebration of its 30th anniversary the celebrated baroque orchestra presents a program of Handel’s famous Water Music and instrumental selections from Rameau’s opera Dardanus. Conducted by founder Jeanne Lamon. $29-$79. PWYC. Fri, Feb 20. 7pm. Wed, Feb 18. 8pm. Thu, Feb 19-21. 3:30pm. Sun, Feb 22. Trinity St Paul’s Centre. 427 Bloor St W. 964-6337.


The much-loved Cajun and Zydeco band presents its 13th-annual Mardi Gras dance and masquerade. Who will win the coveted crown this year? $10. Two-step dance lessons. 8:30pm. Shows. 9:30pm-12:30am. Sat, Feb 21. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 1214 Queen St W. 531-4635.

William Control
Goth-punker Aiden William’s omnisexual alter ego (like Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce) plays a show in support of his electro-driven side project, Hate Culture. With Escape the Fate. $17. 6pm. Wed, Feb 25. The Opera House. 735 Queen St E. 466-0313. or


Swan Queen & the Radical Faerie
Kurt Spenrath directs a reading of Frank Canino’s play about the journeys of a breast-cancer afflicted former ballerina and her PWA son. PWYC. 7pm. Mon, Feb 23. The Epicure Café, upstairs. 502 Queen St W. 953-3752.

Queer Caribbean

Author and editor Thomas Glave launches his Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing From the Antilles. Featuring readings by Thomas Glave, Rosamond King, Rinaldo Walcott, Wesley Crichlow and others. Free. 7pm. Wed, Feb 25. William Doo Auditorium, New College. 45 Willcocks St. 978-8286.


A New Brain
Acting Up Stage mounts a production of William Finn and James Lapine’s musical about a children’s television composer’s rare brain disorder and the frenzied burst of creativity that the discovery inspires. Zany and heartbreaking. Starring Steven Gallagher, Barbara Barsky, Thom Allison, Juan Chioran, and featuring Allie Hughes, Steve Roos, Paula Wolfson, Patricia Zentilli. Directed by Daryl Cloran. $25-$40. 8pm. Wed-Sat. 7pm. Sun. Fri, Feb 13-Mar 1. Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs. 26 Berkeley St. 368-3110.

Bump ‘n’ Grind Valentine
Screw romance and get an eyeful of T&A on Valentine’s Day. Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque’s theme for its annual Valentine’s show is Voluptuous Panic: The Divine Decadence of the Weimar Republic, paying tribute to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich and their ilk. Coco La Creme as Josephine Baker, Foxy Finale as a Lindy-hopping floozy, Honey B Hind gets nastay with My Funny Valentine, Tanya Cheex as Anita Berber and Sexy Mark Brown gets jiggy with gender. Featuring the musical stylings of Alistair Christi and his Swinging Chandeliers and guests Lilli Bubalotovich, Billie Black, Boylesque TO, and Roxi D’Lite. Advance tickets at Nearly Naked (920 Queen St W) and Rotate This (801 Queen St W). $18 adv; $25 doors. 9pm. Sat, Feb 14. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 1214 Queen St W. 531-4635.

Valentine’s Day Burlesque
It ain’t Valentine’s Day unless a naked lady is twirling her pasties. The Scandelles present its 10th and final Valentine’s cabaret. Tix at Rotate This (801 Queen St W), Soundscapes (572 College St) and at $12 adv; $15 doors. 9pm. Sat, Feb 14. Lee’s Palace. 529 Bloor St W. 532-1598.

Wizard of Oz
The latest version of this font of queer identity and continual inspiration to drag queens everywhere is a benefit production mounted by Fallen Rock Productions. All proceeds go to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. $25-$55. 7:30pm. Wed, Feb 18-Sat, Feb 21. Noon. Wed, Feb 18 & 19. 1pm. Sat, Feb 21 & 22. Isabel Bader Theatre. 93 Charles St W. 978-8849. or

Binti’s Journey

Lisa Codrington, Patrick Amponsah, Jajube Mandiela and Dienye Waboso star in a remount of Theatre Direct’s Dora-nominated production of Marcia Johnson’s play, based on lesbian novelist Deborah Ellis’s The Heaven Shop. A gripping, personal tale of the human impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. $15-$25. 4:30pm. Wed, Feb 18, 19, 25 & 26. 4pm. Feb 21, 22, 28 & Mar 1. 7pm. Feb 21, & 28. 1pm. Feb 22 & Mar 1. The Loop. Artscape Wychwood Barns. 601 Christie St, # 174. 537-4191.

Silk Stockings
The Civic Ligh-Opera Company performs Cole Porter’s famous musical. $20-$27.50. 7pm. Wed. 8pm. Thu-Sat. 2pm. Sun & Sat, Mar 7. Wed, Feb 18-Mar 7. Fairview Liberty Theatre. 35 Fairview Mall Drive. 755-1717.

Adam Bailey’s Birthday XXXtravaganza

Indie theatre producer and performer Adam Bailey turns his birthday into a comedy free-for-all featuring The Sketchersons, The Lunacy Cabaret, The Shameless Dames, The Cinnamon Hearts, Norm Sousa, Kristen Mcgregor, Rani Rhinestone, Mark Andrada, Bob Kerr, Megan Liley, Sketchy the Clown, Veronika Swartz, Craig Brown, June Morrow, Megan Fraser and many others. PWYC. 9:30pm. Fri, Feb 20. The Comedy Bar. 945 Bloor St W. (647) 898-5324.

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre presents its new original production, a chamber opera inspired by Portuguese Fado music. Based on the medieval Portuguese legend of Ines de Castro, the opera was written by Paul Bentley, composed by James Rolfe, and stars Ines Snatos, baritone Giles Tomkins, soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull, and bass-bartione Thomas Goerz. $49. 4pm. Sun, Feb 22, Sun Mar 1. 8pm, Wed, Feb 25, 26, Sat, Feb 28. Enwave Theatre. 231 Queens Quay W. 973-4000.

The Color Purple

The smash hit musical, produced by HRH Oprah Winfrey, based on Alice Walker’s novel and Steven Spielberg’s film, makes its way to Toronto. Starring Kenita Miller, Felicia P Rields, Angela Robinson and LaToya London. $26-$120. Till Sat, Mar 14. 8pm. Tue-Sat (and Mon, Mar 9). 2pm. Wed, Sat & Sun. Canon Theatre. 244 Victoria St. 872-1212. or


Da Kink in My Hair

Canada’s favourite sista stylists are back for season two of laughter, tears and conditioner. Coproducer and star Trey Anthony returns; guest stars include Vivica A Fox, Trish Stratus, Shaun Majumder, Jessica Holmes and Kreesha Turner. 9:30. Thursdays. Beginning Feb 12. Global TV.

Chris & Jon to the Rescue
Summer Camp. Escape the winter doldrums by watching these two puckered and perky queens rough it at a queer campground in Michigan. Special one-hour premiere. 8pm. Sun, Feb 15. OUTtv.