Thursday, April 7
The Judas Kiss
Why did Oscar Wilde allow himself to be arrested and charged (which would eventually lead to his death) rather than flee the country? This is the North American premiere of a play about Wilde’s time at the Cadogan Hotel and the period after his release from prison. It features Rupert Everett and Charlie Rowe.
Runs until Sunday, May 1, various showtimes. The Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. mirvish.com
Jackie Burroughs is Dead and What Are You Going to do About it?
This dance performance is billed as “an exploration of how energy reverberates and grows through exchange, echoing forever as it permeates the present.” The piece is choreographed by DA Hoskins, and includes three dancers: Danielle Baskerville, Luke Garwood and Robert Kingsbury. It is presented by DanceWorks, a contemporary dance series that began in 1977 as a collective of independent dance artists.
Runs until Saturday, April 9, various showtimes. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps
Friday, April 8
Featured on Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen is a memorable performer. Pride Toronto brings her to the city for a performance that also includes some local talent: Jada Hudson, Sofonda Cox, Allysin Chaynes, Sapphire Titha Reign and Dottie Dangerfield. The music is provided by DJs Phil V and Max Mohenu.
10:30pm. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. pridetoronto.com/events/teambob
Saturday, April 9
Trade: Toga Party
Organizers of this toga dance party assure us that Romans did not wear underwear. So, remember that when planning your outfit. It includes music by DJs William Francis (who, as a former fratboy, probably has some experience with toga parties) and Scooter McCreight, imported American go-go boys, and Porcelein Desire working the door. All sluts welcome.
10pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. facebook.com/getsometrade
Sunday, April 10
Dude for a Day: The Drag King Experience
Tracey Erin Smith has an odd hobby: transforming women into men (at least temporarily). With acting tips, the aid of a makeup artist, and costumes, the drag king workshop helps women find their inner dudes. At the end of the day, all the studs pose for a photoshoot and then head out to a pub in character to mingle and show off to friends. Requires advance registration.
10am. For more info, visit soulo.ca.
Tuesday, April 12
Woody’s Staff Show
Yes, the rumours are true. Teaming up with The Men’s Room and other local businesses, one of the oldest gay bars in the city puts on a variety show where the staff is the entertainment. And attendees can tip with non-perishable food items which, along with cash donations, will go to the Daily Bread Food Bank and The 519. Drag queen Georgie Girl hosts and there’s a raffle.
10pm. Woody’s, 465 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.