Arts & entertainment
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Out in Toronto: Feb 23–March 1, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

The Bodyguard runs at Ed Mirvish Theatre until April 9, 2017. Credit: Courtesy Paul Coltas

Thursday, Feb 23

Women Who Kill 

Morgan and ex-girlfriend Jean run a true crime podcast. They may or may not still have feelings for each other, and one of them may or may not be a serial killer. Ingrid Jungermann’s very funny feature film screens as part of the Insight Out LGBT Film Festival’s More Play Screening Series. The venue is accessible.

7:30pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. For more info, visit Facebook

Ingrid Jungermann’s feature film, Women Who Kill, screens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Feb 23, 2017.
Courtesy The Film Collaborative

The Elephant Girls 

History buff Margo MacDonald’s award-winning play is based on a real-life, all-woman gang that existed in London, England, from about 1870 to 1950. The one-woman show features MacDonald in the guise of Maggie, the gang’s tough-as-nails enforcer. 

Runs until Saturday, Feb 25, various showtimes. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook

The Elephant Girls runs at Red Sandcastle Theatre until Feb 25, 2017.
Courtesy Andrew Alexander

The 38th Rhubarb Festival

The local queer theatre’s annual festival of new works returns for a week or so of creativity, poignancy and nonsense. According to billing, it’s “the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance.”  Includes a youth movie night and the Rhubarb Haunted House. 

Runs until Sunday, Feb 26, various showtimes. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com 

My Night with Reg 

A tale of London’s gay community in the mid-1980s (AIDS crisis included), British playwright Kevin Elyot’s piece follows a group of friends over several years. Studio 180 Theatre’s Joel Greenberg directs the Toronto production of this Olivier Award–winning bittersweet comedy. The venue is mostly accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, Feb 26, various showtimes. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St. mirvish.com

My Night with Reg runs at the Panasonic Theatre until Feb 26, 2017.
Courtesy Cylla von Tiedemann

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

To Mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Cree visual artist Kent Monkman’s exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures gives his take on the story of Canada. The story goes back well before confederation and includes a humorous and searing critique of Canada’s colonial past.  

Runs until Saturday, March 4. Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Cir. artmuseum.utoronto.ca

“Seeing Red” is one of Cree artist Kent Monkman’s works at his new exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, which runs until March 4, 2017 at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.
Kent Monkman

The Bodyguard 

When bodyguard Frank Farmer starts protecting superstar Rachel Marron from a stalker, they both get more than they expected — in the love department. Based on the well-loved movie, this musical includes Whitney Houston power ballads and shirtless male backup dancers. The venue is mostly accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, April 9, various showtimes. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. mirvish.com 

Saturday, Feb 25

Meaty Tuck 3 

Performers Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé host a body-positive night of dancing and fun for “all meaty tuckers, big booty babes, chubsters, queers, misfits, kweens and friends.” The venue is mostly accessible (there are no buttons to open the front door or the accessible washroom door). 

10pm–1am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

Tuesday, Feb 28

BYOV Motown: Bring Your Own Vinyl 

Bring the Motown albums you want to hear to the local bookshop-café-car and when you make a drink, food or book purchase, you get to request that a song be added into the rotation. Then DJ Chiclet mixes everyone’s selections together. James Fowler hosts this laid-back evening.

7:30–10pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook