Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: March 9–15, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

The Book of Mormon runs until April 16, 2017, at Princess of Wales Theatre. Credit: Courtesy Joan Marcus

Thursday, March 9

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 much-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, May 14, various showtimes. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 

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

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 Book of Mormon is a musical comedy written by the creators of the South Park.
Courtesy Joan Marcus

Friday, March 10

The Man Who Married Himself

A man who is unwilling to marry a woman creates a lover for himself out of the left side of his own body. Inspired by an Indian folk tale, this “masque” (a performance that combines dancing and acting) is billed as an allegory of “the female and male at war within.” It features dancers Jelani Ade-Lam and Sze-Yang Ade-Lam. The venue is accessible (visit website for more information). 

Runs until Saturday, March 11, various showtimes. Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave. 

The Man Who Married Himself starring Jelani Ade-Lam (left) and Sze-Yang Lam (right) runs until March 11, 2017, at Crow’s Theatre.
Courtesy Kakuma Mori

Bent Beauty Supreme: A Busted Beauty Pageant

Actor, performer and man-about-town Keith Cole hosts a queer beauty pageant when folks of every stamp compete to win $500 in cash. Burlesque performer Dolly Berlin, drag queen Allysin Chaynes and others compete in three categories: beach wear, talent and formal wear. All proceeds go to LGBT refugees. The venue is accessible for most people with disabilities. 

9pm–2am. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. for more info, visit Facebook

Saturday, March 11

Trade: Centaur Party 

A recurring dance party for horny guys gets all mythological with a centaur theme. Why? Why not. So, oil up your torso and strap on your best horse half-body and gallop on over. DJs Joshua Reid and Scooter McCreight spin. Go-go boys dance. A clothing check is available for those who want to strip down because, as billing says, “all sluts welcome.” The venue is not accessible.

10pm–3am. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

Brown Rice Gets Glittered 

Sequin tops, shiny tights, glitter and anything else that sparkles is encouraged at this edition of a dance party for queer and trans people of colour and their allies. DJs Ace Dillinger, Wei Back and others spin. The venue is mostly accessible (there are no buttons to open the front door or the accessible washroom door). 

10pm–3am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

Sunday, March 12

No More A#%&!: Operation Soap Revisited 

A panel discusses how the relationship between the queer community and the Toronto police has (or hasn’t) evolved since the 1981 bathhouse raids. Panelists include The Rude Collective’s Mark-Che Devonish, playwright Alec Butler, Black Lives Matter’s Alexandria Williams, and others. To register, visit website. The venue is accessible for most people with disabilities. 

2pm–5pm. The 519, 519 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.