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

Art, film, readings, stage and community events

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ART & PHOTOGRAPHY


A Perfect 10
Sheila Hannon and Hannah Sherrett examine media packaging of women’s bodies. 1pm-5pm. Tue-Fri. 10am-5pm Sat & Sun. Till Tue, Mar 3. Arcadia Gallery. 680 Queens Quay W. 260-6611. Artistsofarcadia.com.

Lit
New work by Andrew McPhail. 11am-5pm. Wed-Sat. Till Sat, Mar 21. Birch Libralato. 129 Tecumseth St. 365-3003. Birchlibralato.com.

Works, Works 1, Twice
Micah Lexier and Roula Partheniou collaborate on a new public installation for the Queen Specific window space. Till Wed, Mar 25. 787 Queen St W (next to Dufflet Pastries). Queenspecific.com.

Canadian, Eh?
Ian Amell’s exhibition of digital prints riffing on Canadiana. Opening. 6pm-9pm. Wed, Mar 4. Noon-6pm. Fri-Sat. Noon-5pm. Sun. Till Mar 29. Tinku Gallery. 437 Roncesvalles Ave. (647) 430-9195.  Tinkugallery.com.


DANCE


The National Ballet of Canada

The winter season kicks off with Innovation, a triple bill of world premieres by Canadian choreographers: Peter Quanz’s In Colour, Sabrina Matthews’ Dextris and Crystal Pite’s as-yet-untitled work. Dance critics Clement Crisp and Michael Crabb lead talks prior to each performance. 7:30pm. Wed, Mar 4-7. 2pm. Mar 7 & 8. Season continues with gay choreo-grapher John Cranko’s celebrated version of Shakespeare’s tale of doomed teen love, with music by Prokofiev. Greta Hodgkinson and Jason Reilly lead off. Dreamy Rex Harrington leads a discussion 45 minutes prior to every performance. 7:30pm. Wed, Mar 11-Sat, Mar 14, Thu, Mar 19-Sat, Mar 21. 2pm. Thu, Mar 12, Sat, Mar 14 & 15, Sat, Mar 21 & 22. $20-$200. Four Seasons Centre. 145 Queen St W. 345-9595. National.ballet.ca.

FILM & VIDEO

Inside Out Screen-a-Thon
In order to raise funds for its annual initiatives such as the Queer Youth Digital Video Project, the Mark S Bonham Scholarship and the festival itself, Inside Out hosts a different kind of pledge drive. You don’t have to run anywhere, but can you endure six hours of campy movies? A triple bill of Spice World, Can’t Stop the Music and Xanadu? Participate as a team or on your own! Prizes to be won! Fun to be had! $25 registration fee (refunded with a minimum of $75 raised). 1pm-7pm. Sat, Mar 7. Innis Town Hall. 2 Sussex Ave. 977-6847. Insideout.ca.

ISSUES & HEALTH

Sex for Sale
U of T’s Sexual Diversity Studies Students’ Union presents a conference on prostitution, government and regulation featuring writer and activist Carol Leigh, writer and sex worker Gerald Hannon, Toronto police’s Wendy Leaver, criminologist Mariana Valverde, former sex worker Todd Klinck (of Goodhandy’s) and Maggies’ Kara Gillies. $20-$40. 7pm. Fri, Mar 6. Noon. Mar 7. Hart House and University College. Sdsconference.webs.com.

LEISURE &  PLEASURE

Snowball 2009
Love and Devotion. The annual Casey House benefit ball returns with performances by R’n’B diva Divine Brown, Ambient Fusion Musicians, Eccodek and the Hit and Run dance troupe. Cocktails, dinner, silent auction, prizes and the Casey Awards honouring leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. $300. 6pm. Sat, Feb 28.  Fairmount Royal York. 100 Front St W. 962-4040 x236. Caseyhousesnowball.com.

MUSIC

Love Songs
Soundstreams presents eight vocal soloists from France’s Les Jeunes Solistes performing a program of Gesualdo, Purcell, Monteverdi, Blow, Jannequin and gay Canadian composer Claude Vivier. Conducted by Jeunes Solistes founder Rachid Safir. $15-$37. 8pm. Tue, Mar 3. Jane Mallett Theatre. 27 Front St E. 366-7723. Stlc.com.

Spoil Me It’s Spring Party
Ignore the winter with Loveshot’s Dirty Electro Pop Rock, People You Know and Random Order. Advance tix available at Come as You Are (701 Queen St W) and Bentmusic.ca. $8 adv; $10 doors. 9pm. Fri, Mar 6. Sneaky Dee’s. 431 College St. 603-3090. Randomorder.ca.

Magnificent Music
Counterpoint Community orchestra continues its 25th-anniversary season with a program of Mendelssohn, Carl Maria von Weber, John Williams, Prokofiev and Ravel. Featuring soprano Jennifer Rasor. Advance tix available at Lettieri  Café (77 Wellesley St E) and Glad Day Bookshop (598a Yonge St). $16 adv; $20 doors. 8pm. Sat, Mar 7. St Luke’s Church. 353 Sherbourne St. 925-9872 ext 2066. Ccorchestra.org.

Musicians for tRuth Hope & Love
The Elaine Dark Band and the Janet Whiteway Band cohost a fundraising event in memory of Ruth Trimmer. Featuring musicians Ron Davis, Dylan Wickens, Groovy G, Diana Young, Heather Bambrick, Elana Hart, Tim Deeth, George Holyoke, Dianne Fontaine, Dolores Pitcher, Moxie and Suzy Richter. All proceeds go to local charities. $10. 5pm. Sun, Mar 8. Slack’s. 562 Church St. 928-2151.
 

OUT OF TOWN

Steven and Chris Design Your Mind
Sky Gilbert and Keith Cole piss all over the “let-a-homo-tell-you-how-to-decorate/groom/live” reality TV trend in their new play. Designers Steven and Chris try to figure out how best to cash in on their homo lives on the small screen. Oh Mary, what a dilemma. A one-night-only workshop performance. PWYC. 8:30pm. Sat, Mar 7. The Pearl Company. 16 Steven St. Hamilton. (905) 524-0606. Thepearlcompany.ca.


PRINT & READINGS


Breaking Free

Sexual Diversity and Change in Emerging Nations. Queer Peace International launches the first-of-its-kind anthology with guest speakers Robert Mizzi (who edited the book), Gary Sealey and Pieter Boone. $25 suggested donation. 6pm-8pm. Fri, Mar 6. The 519 Community Centre. 519 Church St. 392-6874. Queerpeace.org.

Blind Date
Rebecca Northan demolishes the fourth wall in her one-woman show in which she plays Mimi, a young Parisienne awaiting a date. When she gets stood up, she selects her consoler from the audience. $25. 8pm. Tue, Mar 3-7. Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queens Quay W. 973-4000. Harbourfrontcentre.com.

Dragons of Comedy
An evening of comedy featuring Zabrina Chevannes, Sandra Battaglini, Death Ray Cabaret, Stephanie Kaliner, Lady ‘Stach, Mike Moses, Michelle Neilson and Linda Ellis. Hosted by Dawn Whitwell and Deborah Etta Robinson. PWYC. 8pm. Tue, Mar 3. Rear-View Mirror. 1931/2 Baldwin St. 336-3399.

Freshly Tossed Bitches
Andrew Johnston hosts the latest evening of Bitch Salad, featuring comedy by Alana Johnston, Zabrina Chevannes, Julia Hladkowicz, Charity & Chastity, Laura Cilevitz, Rhiannon Archer and Julia Bruce. With special guests The Cheeto Girls. $10. 8pm. Tue, Mar 3. Buddies in Bad Times. 12 Alexander St. 975-8555. BuddiesInBadTimes.com.

FemCab 2009
Nightwood Theatre celebrates International Women’s Day with an extraordinary lineup of speakers and performances. Featuring a keynote address by Marina Nemat (author of Prisoner of Tehran). Teresa Pavlinek and Shoshana Sperling cohost a cabaret with Maggie Cassella, Roula Said, d’bi.young, Dawn Langstroth, Coco Love Alcorn and Suba Sankaran. With live music by Guiomar Campbell. $28 (cabaret only); $63 (cabaret and dinner). 8pm. Tue, Mar 5. Lula Lounge. 1585 Dundas St W. 944-1740. Totix.ca.

Takes Two Men to Make a Brother
Beer-swilling machismo. Twenty-year-old gay playwright Jordan Tannahill presents his exploration of college frat culture as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch: Emerging Performance Projects. The show is a combination of dramatic reenactments, video documentation, interview transcripts and anecdotes. Directed by Nathan Schwartz and featuring Cody Campanele, Lucas Carravetta, Alexander Carson, Cameron Ruefeld and Jeremie Saunders. $10-$12. 8pm. Fri, Mar 6 & 7. Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queens Quay W. 973-4000. Harbourfrontcentre.com.

Blackbird
Studio 180 and the Canadian Stage Company present the Canadian premiere of David Harrower’s internationally lauded drama. Fifteen years after their relationship ended Una tries to track down Ray (who has since made a new life and identity for himself) with devastating consequences. Starring Jessica Greenberg and Hardee T Lineham. Directed by Joel Greenberg. $20-$45. 8pm. Mon-Sat. 2pm. Sat. Mon, Mar 9 – Apr 4. The Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs. 26 Berkeley St. 368-3110. Canstage.com.