Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: Dec 1–7, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Inspired by The Judy Garland Christmas Special of 1963, Michael Hughes puts on a Christmas cabaret to remember on Dec 3, 2016, at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Credit: Courtesy Matthew Wiley

Thursday, Dec 1

Black Boys 

The latest production at the ol’ queer theatre is billed as “an exploration of queer male blackness.” The play depicts the efforts of three black men to understand themselves, each other and their places in the world. It is performed by Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Thomas Olajide and Tawiah Ben M’Carthy. 

Runs until Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, various showtimes. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com 

Black Boys is about “an exploration of queer male blackness,” and takes place at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre until Sunday, Dec 11, 2016.
Courtesy Dahlia Katz

Toronto World AIDs Day Vigil

World AIDS Day is set aside each year as a time to remember those taken from us by HIV/AIDS and to give thought to those still affected. The choir of St Anne’s and the LGBTQ community choir Singing OUT come together for a song-filled candlelight vigil. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

7:30pm. St Anne’s Anglican Church, 270  Gladstone Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Dec 3

A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret 

Each Christmas, a jolly man comes to town to give something special to each and every one of us. His name: Chris Tsujiuchi. The high-kicking musician brings together a variety of his friends for a holiday-themed cabaret. He is joined by Kevin Wong, Anthony Rinaldi, Colin Asuncion, and others for an evening of music and comedy.

Runs until Sunday, Dec 4, 7pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com

Musician Chris Tsujiuchi and his friends come together for a holiday-themed night of songs and laughter at Buddies.
Courtesy Phil Crozier

The Michael Hughes Christmas Special 

The 2016 Broadway World Toronto Award nominee Michael Hughes is obsessed with Judy Garland. Inspired by The Judy Garland Christmas Special of 1963, his Christmas cabaret promises to have not only an assortment of everyone’s favourite holiday tunes, but lots of stories, laughter and bizarre Hughes family traditions.

8:30pm. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln. youngcentre.ca 

Toronto Queer Slowdance: Winter Formal Edition

Want to know what the best time of year to go and dance with strangers is? Flu season. Billed as “high school with a happy ending,” this dance all about slow songs and is popular with queers of all types. Designated dancers are on hand to coax out the wallflowers. Fancy outfits are encouraged, but not required. 

10pm–2am. Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. For more info, visit Facebook.