Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: March 16–22, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Credit: Courtesy Johnny B Goode and Stefanie Monroe

Thursday, March 16

The Book of Mormon

When two young Mormon missionaries travel to Uganda to spread the so-called good word, they find the locals preoccupied with more important matters — AIDS, famine and warlords. Written by the creators of the cartoon South Park, this musical comedy mocks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The venue is accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, April 16, various showtimes. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St W. 

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 movie of the same name, 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, May 14, various showtimes. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 

The Bodyguard runs until May 14, 2017, at Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Courtesy Paul Coltas

Friday, March 17

Gag by Pansy Ass 

This fetish and gay culture-themed art exhibit features pieces produced by Pansy Ass Ceramics. For a few years now, Pansy Ass Ceramics’ Andy Walker and Kris Aaron have been producing china and other knick-knacks with a provocative, silly, raunchy twist. It’s a bit like your grandma’s tea cup collection if she were a leather daddy or John Waters enthusiast. 

Runs until Saturday, March 25. DAIS, 1196 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook

The Gag exhibit by Pansy Ass takes place on March 17, 2017, at DAIS.
Courtesy Pansy Ass Ceramics

Björk Party III

This annual dance party is dedicated to the icon from Iceland, the alien from the Atlantic, the rebel from Reykjavík — Björk! It’s a big squeaky, shrieky night when the music is only Björk hits. The bash features a performance by burlesquer Leelando Mitchell. DJ Phillippe spins. Appropriately-themed costumes encouraged. 

9pm–3am. The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St W.  more info, visit Facebook

Yes Yes Y’all 8th Anniversary Party 

The queer hip hop, dancehall and R&B party goes all out for its eighth birthday. The music for the night is provided by Tasha Rozez, Lissa Monet and Matthew Progress. This inclusive party is open to all sexy boys, bois, studs, fly girls, grrls, gyals, gurls and more (you just need to really, really like hip hop). 

10pm–3am. Nest, 423 College St. For more info, visit Facebook

Kings and Classics

Drag kings old and new strap on their best facial hair to put on a night of performance. Presented by Pretty Munny Productions, this edition of the new monthly show at Buddies includes performances by Cyril Cinder, Gay Jesus, Titus Androgynous and other kings. The venue is mostly accessible (visit website for more information). 

10:30pm–2:30am. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, March 18

Can Con: Sticky Maple Special

The super patriotic, Canada-themed dance party goes monthly with more butts and more syrup (or beavers or whatever) than ever before. It includes the go-go dancing styles of the men of BoylesqueTO, Toronto’s all-male burlesque troupe. DJ Orange Pekoe spins hits from the Biebs, Carly Rae, Drake and others. Lumbersexuals welcome. 

10pm–2:30am. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. For more info, visit Facebook

DJ Orange Pekoe spins at Can Con on March 18, 2017, at The Steady.
Courtesy Ian Lawrence

Pitbull: 7th Anniversary 

A recurring dance party for sweaty, shirtless guys celebrates seven years of fun and flirting. Spain’s DJ Jesus Pelayo headlines, and the party features aerial shows, dancers and displays. Includes two rooms, with different sounds in each. Billing promises huge beats, great memories and a packed dance floor. 

10pm–4am. The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St. 

Tuesday, March 21

Queer and Present Danger 

The touring queer standup comedy show does a live tape of the show. The lineup for this special evening includes comedians Adrienne Fish, Phil Luzi, Paul Hutcheson, Brian Millward, Chantel Marostica, Ian Lynch, Kyah Green and Colleen Sibeon. The comedy is followed by a dance party that goes into the wee hours of the morning. 

9pm–2am. The Rivoli, 332 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook