Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: Feb 25-March 2, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Thursday, Feb 25

Rhubarb Festival

Each year the local queer theatre puts on a two-week festival of new works — dance, music, performance art and more. The 37th year includes such pieces as Lil Blk, billed rather complicatedly as “a meeting of glamour and demons in a female-powered contemporary circus dance rock show.”

Runs until Sunday, Feb 28. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.

Spooky Bitch: Karen O Drag Tribute

A bunch of scary drag queens pay tribute to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ front woman, Karen O. Jenna Syde and her coven — including Jacklynn Hyde and Allysin Chaynes (who is also the DJ) — invite folks to put on their sexiest leather outfits and get ready for a night of performance and attitude.

10pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook.

Friday, Feb 26

Joyful Rebellion: A Blackness Yes Fundraiser

As a celebration of Black History Month, and to raise funds for Pride activities, Blockorama and Blackness Yes host a party fundraiser. It includes dancing to an almost-too-long list of DJs — Nik Red, Blackcat, Carma, Pleasure and Zehra — who spin hip hop, house, soca, reggae, R&B, and more.

10pm. Church, 504 Church St.

Deep 004

This edition of the cruising-focused, newish recurring party is headlined by Max Mohenu, the wonderfully photogenic curator, model, party promoter, writer and general man-about-town. DJ The Robotic Kid spins the warm up set. The lights are dim and the music is techno and tech-house.

10pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St.

Saturday, Feb 27

Bike Pump

Guys wear their best longjohns, onesies — seriously, any underwear will do — for a party in support of the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. Those who for some reason don’t have undies can buy them at the party from Out on the Street. DJs Kevin Bailey and Aeryn Pfaff spin. Clothes check available.

3:30pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St.

Comedy Whore

For those who want a more relaxing, but also amusing, night out in the village, there’s Mandy Goodhandy’s standup comedy night. The self-proclaimed first trans woman stand-up comedian hosts an evening featuring some of Toronto’s most hilarious comedians. Includes food and bar service.

8:30pm. 120 Diner, 120 Church St.


Each edition of Scooter McCreight’s new recurring dance party will pay homage to a different strong female character or icon. This time around it’s, simply, mermaids. Attendees are encouraged to dress in mermaid-style drag. DJs Produzentin and Buzz spin, and the drag is supplied by Judy Virago, Champagna Enemea and others.

10pm. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook.

Wednesday, March 2

Nuit Rose Community Information Night

Nuit Rose is an annual celebration of art, performance, music and film by Canadian and international artists. For those who’ve been understandably confused by the promotional material of previous years, maybe this information night will help. It’s also a chance for organizations and individuals who want to get involved to speak up.

8pm. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St.

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