Arts & Entertainment
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Out in the city: March 5–11, 2015

Choice events in Toronto this week

Nathaniel Bacon as the titular porn star character in My Dinner with Casey Donovan. Credit: Sara Traore


Strip Spelling Bee: Animation Edition

For some, nakedly spelling in front of a screaming crowd is a nightmare. It’s one of the conclusions to that dream where you’re back at high school, but desperately trying to hide the fact that you’re for some reason not wearing clothing. But some seek this experience and they will compete at the Strip Spelling Bee — it’s like strip poker, but with spelling — while the rest of us scaredy-pantses watch. Not only will the best speller get a prize, but a prize will also be awarded to the best stripper (given this is the animation edition, you have a greater chance of winning this prize if you wear something like big ears or eyes or a tail). Fri, March 6, 10:30pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $10; free for competitors.

Swaying slightly

Queer Slowdance: ‘90s edition

The ‘90s were so very long ago. Herds of mastodons still roamed the land, grazing, stomping on small dinosaurs (if those still existed then), and waving their tusks jauntily at one another. Now, several millennia hence, a tribute is to be held in the form of a slowdance. Sentimental folk will clutch each other while swaying to the long lost tunes of that bygone era — from Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me” to Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply.” Designated dancers will be on hand for those who find themselves awkwardly without dance partners. Sat, March 7, 10pm. Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. $10.


Romy and Michell’s High School Reunion Screening and Junk Food Extravaganza

Two 28-year-old women — played by the inimitable Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow —  haven’t done much with their lives, so they invent fake careers to flaunt at their 10-year high school reunion. People are invited to watch this 1997 cult classic while enjoying a junk food potluck — that’s right: junk food potluck — wearing their favourite pink boas and drooling over a dreamy Alan Cumming. Feel free to sing along to Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and include your own emotional hand gestures — guilt free! Sat, March 7, 7:30pm. Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. $5 suggested.


Daddy Next Door: Three’s Company Edition

The daddy complex: Sigmund Freud saw it as a negative; Carl Jung said it’s good in some cases, bad in others. Guys today just want to know where to find the burly, beardy men, so they can get tossed around like sacks of flour in a flour mill. This edition of Daddy Next Door’s theme is Three’s Company which refers not to the 1970s sitcom (Google it, people), but to the three DJs —Dwayne Minard, Michael Boyuk and Division 4 — who’ll spin house music for all the daddies and their chasers. Sat, March 7, 10pm. WAYLA, 996 Queen St E. $5.


My Dinner with Casey Donovan

Coming out is a tricky thing. Timing and technique should be well-considered, lest you cause yourself and others undue distress. Or just bring a pornstar to dinner. Based on true events, Sky Gilbert’s latest play is a comedy about a closeted young gay guy in the 1970s who, by bringing gay pornstar Casey Donovan to dinner with his parents, creates a situation where he is forced to reconsider his secretive lifestyle. Who better to play the pornstar than hunky Nathaniel Bacon, star of a recent production of Hedwig, and who famously got his prodigious penis out in a production of Bent. Runs Wed, March 11–Sun, March 22, various showtimes. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave. PWYC–$24.