Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: Nov 24–30, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Black Boys debuts on Nov 24, 2016, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and stars Tawiah Ben M’Carthy (left) Stephen Jackman-Torkoff (centre) and Thomas Olajide (far right). Credit: Courtesy Dahlia Katz

Thursday, Nov 24 

Black Boys 

The latest production at the local queer theatre is already getting buzz in the community. Billed as “an exploration of queer male blackness,” the play depicts the efforts of three black men to understand themselves, each other and their places in the world. It is performed by Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Thomas Olajide and Tawiah Ben M’Carthy. 

Runs until Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, various showtimes. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com 

Black Boys is about what it means to be a queer black male today.
Courtesy Tanja Tiziana

Friday, Nov 25

RUDE! 

This dance party and art showcase features several fantastic female DJs — Debby Friday, Ace Dillinger, Chiclet and Myst — spinning hip hop, dancehall, pop and more. One of the artists whose work is on display is Kent Monkman, the Canadian Cree artist known for his paintings, performances and videos. Partial proceeds go to Sprott House, a LGBT youth shelter. 

10pm–4am. Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. For more info, visit Facebook

Saturday, Nov 26

A Musical Birthday Mash Bash 

Mandy Goodhandy and Todd Klinck, two of the Village’s most recognizable figures, celebrate their November birthdays with one big, joyful, tune-filled bash. The party is billed as a “musical salute” and features performances by such singers as Gigi Marentette, Ori Dagan and Whitney Ross-Barris. Robert Scott is the pianist for the evening. 

9pm–midnight. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. 120diner.com

Sunday, Nov 27

Sapphic Aquatica 

Miss F hosts a bathhouse night for women and trans folks only. They relax, socialize and flirt in the hot tub, pool or the establishment’s many play rooms. DJ Chiclet Spins. There’s a live photography session upstairs. And anyone who wants to can take a wild ride on the Sybian (a high-powered vibrator that you straddle).

8pm–3am. Oasis Aqualounge, 231 Mutual St. oasisaqualounge.com 

Tuesday, Nov 29 

Giving Tuesday at Striker Sports Bar 

The Village’s new (and only) queer sports bar is already giving back to the community, donating part of the proceeds from an event to The 519, the local queer community centre. The afternoon and evening includes a raffle, and attendees can hang out, drink and watch a hockey game — the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing the Edmonton Oilers.  

4–10pm. Striker, 21 St Joseph St. For more info, visit Facebook

Wednesday, Nov 30 

Fetish Night Renewed 

Tis the season to go and get whipped mercilessly. It can provide a much-needed distraction from the Christmas pop songs that all the stores are already playing on a loop — just stop it, Britney! Stop ruining Christmas with your songs about Christmas! This fetish-themed bathhouse event for men includes a flogging demo and a pup play area. Fetish gear encouraged.

8–11:30pm. Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St. spaexcess.com