Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: April 13–19, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Credit: Courtesy David Hawe

Thursday, April 13

The Book of Mormon

When two young Mormon missionaries travel to Uganda to spread the so-called good word, they find the locals preoccupied with more important matters — AIDS, famine and warlords. Written by the creators of the cartoon South Park, this musical comedy mocks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The venue is accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, April 16, various showtimes. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St W. 

The Book of Mormon runs until April 16, 2017, at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Courtesy Joan Marcus

Buffy Made Me Gay!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer just turned 20 (the TV show began in 1997), so why not kick off the Easter long weekend with a big queer dance party celebrating the life (and resurrection?) of Buffy Anne Summers? There will be a costume contest with 1990s/early 2000s fashions suggested. The venue is mostly accessible (there are no buttons to open the front door or accessible washroom door).

10pm–2:30am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Queer dance party Buffy Made Me Gay takes place April 13, 2017, at Glad Day Bookshop.
Courtesy 20th Television

Friday, April 14

Kinky Jesus: The Second Coming

Back and more blasphemous than ever, the Toronto Sisters (those whacky, charitable drag nuns) host a pageant where the title of “Kinky Jesus” is up for grabs. Folks compete in a variety of categories to see who will be the new Kinky Jesus and save us from the tribulations of vanilla sex. The venue is not accessible.

3–5pm. Club 120, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Kinky Jesus: The Second Coming takes place on April 14, 2017, at Club 120.
Courtest Twisted Fister

Saturday, April 15

Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam: Finals with Queen Sheba

Seven slam poets compete, but only one will be named the champion. At this edition of Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam, the recurring event where folks get on stage and express themselves earnestly and loudly, this year’s champion will be chosen. Features a special performance by Queen Sheba, a renowned slam poet from Atlanta.

7:30–11pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Cherry Bomb: Queer the Long Weekend

Spring has sprung, love is in the air and queer women and their friends are dancing the weekend away in Kensington Market. One of the most popular and longest-running parties for queer women in the city returns, with, of course, DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson spinning club hits old and new.   

10pm–3am. Round, 152 Augusta Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.

Tuesday, April 18

That’s My Drag! Fundraiser for ACT 

The now-and-then drag fundraiser with all proceeds going to the AIDS Committee of Toronto returns. It’s a night of fun and frivolity (and screaming and wigs and glitter and big shoes) for a good cause. Features the drag styles of Sapphyre Poisone, Nikki Chin, Devine Darlin, Ivory Towers and others. For more info, contact  

8–11pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. For more info, visit Facebook 

Devine Darlin will be performing at the That’s My Drag fundraiser on April 18, 2017 at Buddies.
Courtesy David Hawe

Wednesday, April 19 

Altered States: Naughty Comedy Hypnosis Show

Las Vegas-trained hypnotist Brandon Dean’s monthly hypnosis show is a surprising, goofy and sometimes dirty peek into the subconscious mind. During his show, Dean calls adventurous (or perhaps foolish) volunteers up on stage and guides them through an entertaining journey into imaginary environments for the amusement and delight of the audience.

8–10pm. The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.

Hypnotist Brandon Dean’s show takes place April 19, 2017, at The Tranzac.
Courtesy Alex Hill