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Out in the city: Feb 26–March 4, 2015

Choice events in Toronto this week

Toronto Gaymers's (TOG) fantasy-themed trivia night happens Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Cabaret

It’s All About Me

The almost excessively plucky crooners of Singing Out, Toronto’s LGBTQ Community Chorus, usually bring down the house with the massive sound of their 90 voices in unison, but at their annual cabaret they demonstrate there actually is an “i” in “choir” (who knew?). They show off their individual talents with solo, duet and small group performances. This year they sing songs that riff on the theme: it’s all about me. Sat, Feb 28, 7:30pm. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. $20. singingout.com

Clubbing

Cub Camp: Viking Party

Norsemen shuddered at the mention of Ragnarok. It was said that on the plains of Vigrid a battle will take place between Aesir and Jotuns. A battle so terrible it will destroy gods and humans alike. We can only assume this edition of Cub Camp has something to do with that. Or not. Maybe it’s just about horny men with beards and beefy bodies pillaging each other like unwary coastal villages. In any case, Viking costumes are strongly encouraged and there will be dancing to music by DJs Frustra and Scooter McCreight.  Sat, Feb 28, 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. $7. beavertoronto.ca

Faith & Fellowship

Revival: What Love Looks Like in Public

In association with Queering Black History Month and BlackLivesMatterTO, Revival aims to bring together member’s of Toronto’s queer and transgender communities for a celebration of fellowship and faith (whatever its form). This event is hosted by Sunset Service Toronto Fellowship’s Reverend Chiedza Pasopanoda, Pastor David Lewis-Peart and James Bailey, and includes special guests Darnell Moor and Pastor Kevin Taylor. Fri, Feb 27, 7:30pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free. the519.org

History & Film

Code Read: Thrills and Chills

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’s Code Read invites folks to consider the portrayal of non-normative gender roles and sexual orientations in classic film. As part of that longer exhibit, on this night it is screening two lesser-known films. In Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Dracula has been destroyed, but his daughter, Countess Marya Zaleska, is alive, unable to escape her vampiric thirst, and drawn to other women. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) is based on a 1929 play that draws from the Leopold and Loeb murder cases, where two gay lovers murdered a 14 year old boy in order to demonstrate their superiority. Sun, March 1, 7pm. Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella St. Free. clga.ca

Theatre

Blithe Spirit

After sold-out engagements on Broadway and London’s West End, Oscar-recipient, five-time Tony Award-winner, and all-round legend Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in her award-winning role as the implausible medium, Madame Arcati, in Michael Blakemore’s revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy. When Charles Condomine invites Madame Arcati over to host a séance, Arcati unintentionally summons Charles’ dead wife, Elvira, who makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of his new wife. Runs until Sun, March 15, various showtimes. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St W. $45–150. mirvish.com

Trivia

Pub Quiz: Fantasy

What is the name of the mosaicist in Guy Gavriel Kay’s novel Sailing to Sarantium? In the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which character seems oblivious to (or strangely in favour of) the masses of bird poop in his hair? Who’s Tyrion Lannister’s favourite sex-worker? These are some of the questions that might arise at Toronto Gaymers’s (TOG) fantasy-themed trivia night. Notable for its recurring boardgames events, TOG invites starry-eyed, dragon-obsessed, cosplaying geeks to form teams of 2–3 people and  compete over questions on fantasy in cinema, TV shows, boardgames and novels. Sun, March 1, 1pm. Fox and Fiddle, 27 Wellesley St E. $2. facebook.com/torontogaymers