Thursday, July 14
There’s been much weeping and wailing in the streets since the lawyer-turned-comedian abandoned us to go and live in New York City. But now she’s back to headline for five days at a local comedy club. This performer has written for VICE and The Beaverton, and performed at Just for Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and is especially full of jokes relating to her relationship with her wife.
Runs until Sunday, July 17. Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond St W. yukyuks.com/toronto
The Taming of the Shrew
You can’t throw a stone without hitting a theatre company that’s putting its own spin on Shakespeare’s misogynistic classic play, but Driftwood Theatre Group’s version is particularly intriguing. Set during Toronto Pride in 1989, this one explores the themes of sexuality and kink and, according to billing, the production showcases “equality, the LGBTQ community and consensual romance.”
Runs until Sunday, July 24, 7:30pm. For more info, visit driftwoodtheatre.com.
Many of us are still trying to come to terms with the recent massacre in Orlando, and that includes the all-male, Toronto-based burlesque troupe, BoylesqueTO. Jarringly, its members performed their Canada-themed show at the Orlando Fringe, less than two weeks before the tragedy. Now, to raise funds for the Pulse Victims Fund, the troupe performs that same show — a version never before seen in Canada — in Canada.
7:30pm. Revival, 783 College St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Sunday, July 17
Queer of Colour Story Mapping and Performance
With recent tragedies in the US, and the activities of Black Lives Matter very much on people’s minds, it’s the perfect time to showcase the voices of queer people of colour. Marvelous Grounds presents a night of discussion and performance based on the histories of such people. It features Rio Rodriguez and Alvis Parsley, and includes a talkback. This event is in support of SOY’s human rights equity access team.
2pm. The 519, 519 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Tuesday, July 19
Songs and Screams
Actor Nathaniel Bacon reunites with the musical team from Lower Ossington Theatre’s recent production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a night of laughs, music and all-round horror. In addition to horrific, scream-inspiring pop and rock songs, the cabaret includes a brief tribute to Hedwig. Proceeds from the night will go to the debut production of Dirty Bird Theatre, a new, horror-focused company.
8pm. The Social Capital, 154 Danforth Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.
Most nights this local bar is full of big gruff men with beards and muscles and stuff. It gives the air of a lumber camp or dockyard or chain-gang — places where men spit shamelessly. But now and then, the studs drop the act to nerd out and play videogames on a giant screen. Game Centre presents a night of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. It’s a laid-back and boozy night of mingling, dorkiness and prizes.
9pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. blackeagletoronto.com