Time for another In The City installment. This week, I am highlighting various events that will certainly count as sensory experiences.
TOES FOR DANCE
Mixed-Program: entrances and exits
Saturday, November 14 at 8pm
Sunday, November 15 at 2pm & 6pm
The Betty Oliphant Theatre
A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event
Co-Presented by mindyourmind
Tickets: $21- $33
The Mixed-Program showcases performing artists from across North America, in several short dance works and excerpts, by new and established choreographers. For the audience, it is a tasting menu of dance styles, running between 2-12 minutes each. Contributing artists include Heidi Strauss (TO), Peggy Baker (TO), Kristen Carcone (TO), David Norsworthy (TO), Lea Ved (MTL), Riley Sims/Social Growl Dance (TO), Maleek Washington (NYC) and many more.
6th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day
Featuring Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox
(the animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel)
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Saturday, November 14, 1pm
Tickets: $5.30 – $9.73
Before the film, an all-star judging panel will present and award the top three entries of this annual short story contest; where writers aged 8-12 across the GTA were asked to explore the scenario, ‘what if the Fantastic Mr. Fox lived in today’s Toronto?’
Arrive early for D.I.Y.(Dahl-It Yourself) Crafts, prior to contest winner annoucement and film screening. Doors open at noon.
*My inner child is totally wishing I could skip work just to attend this event!
Tracing One Warm Line
Saturday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Alliance Francaise de Toronto
Tickets: $10 – $15
Spectrum takes you back in time to the Age of Discovery with a suite of works narrating the adventures of history’s greatest explorers. This frenzied period of exploration in the 15th century left the world forever changed. For each explorer you’ll hear a novel pairing of a new work performed by chamber-folk ensemble Ozere, alongside a reimagined classic folk song performed by singer-songwriter Alex Lukashevsky.
Arrive early for a pre-concert chat discussing the consequences of colonial exploration, and its modern-day parallels by Allison Graham Ph.D. candidate, History, University of Toronto.
European Union Film Festival (EUFF)
The Royal Cinema
November 14 – 28
Advance Reservation: $10 donation
General Admission remains free to all films. Entrance on a First Come, First Serve Basis.
This year’s EUFF includes 28 films from 28 European countries including 2 North American premieres, 9 Canadian premieres and 13 Toronto premieres. Some of the films scheduled include Alias Loner, Liza: The Fox Fairy, Sworn Virgin, Dark Horse, The Grump, Committed, The Sinking of Sozopol, Hostage, Offline, Cowboys, The Enemy Within, and more.
*I’ve heard some very good things about The Grump, which screened at TIFF earlier this year. One cannot go wrong with Nordic films, my pal Donna G always tells me.
HIJ House Reading Series #16
Sunday, November 15, 2:00-5:00 pm
260 Ryding Ave, Toronto
Hosted by Jay MillAr & Hazel Millar
Free. Donations for the authors are welcome and encouraged.
This installment will feature readings by four writers: Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Jeramy Dodds, George Murray and Karen Solie. There will be an author Q&A, and lots of yummy treats.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the Giller Prize-nominated author of one book of short stories, How To Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012) and the new novel, The Devil You Know (HarperCollins, Canada; Simon & Schuster, USA 2015).
Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario, Canada. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award for poetry.
George Murray is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Diversion (ECW, 2015) and Whiteout (ECW, 2012); one book of aphorisms, Glimpse (ECW, 2010); and two books for children (2014 and 2015).
Karen Solie’s most recent collection of poems, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published this spring in Canada by House of Anansi Press and in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Her third collection, Pigeon, won the 2010 Pat Lowther Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Prize.
Ramsay Talks & the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema Present: David Thomson
Hosted by film writer Geoff Pevere (The Globe and Mail)
Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM
Ticket Only: $16 (Bloor members: $12, $10, Free)
Ticket & Book: $55 (Bloor members: $51)
David Thomson is one of the most admired critics of our time. He has written about film for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Republic and Salon. He has authored more than 30 books, including Moments That Made the Movies and The Biographical Dictionary of Film. On Monday, November 16, as Thomson launches his book, How to Watch a Movie, offering insights into the act of watching movies and how we can get more out of our filmgoing experiences.
*Sounds like a book I’d be interested in reading, to tell you the truth. Not only as an audience member but also as someone who ventures into film reviewing as well. For more information this event, click here.
WEEGEE: MURDER IS MY BUSINESS
On display until December 13
Ryerson Image Centre, Main Gallery
For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899–1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism.
And for those of you looking for other events, I highly recommend you check out my latest Theatre Crawl list. Plenty to explore this weekend… have fun amigos!