A party in a revamped power plant, the return of Bestival and six other things to do this week
The Hearn’s grand unveiling at the Luminato launch
For the past few months, Luminato has been busy transforming the Hearn Generating Station—a derelict power station in the Port Lands—into the sprawling home of its 10th-anniversary edition, complete with two theatres, a fancy French bistro and an eight-metre-tall mirror ball. This Thursday, they make their grand reveal. The opening gala features a live parkour performance and an array of art installations. Thursday, June 9. $100. Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Ave., luminatofestival.com.
Another reason to get riled up about Making a Murderer
After bingeing all 10 hours of Making a Murderer, most viewers—whether they believed Steven Avery to be a devious murderer, the victim of a crooked legal system or both—were uniformly disgusted. Count Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, Avery’s defence lawyers, among the outraged. In this speaking tour, they discuss developments in the Avery case, answer burning audience questions and propose ways to improve the American criminal justice system. Saturday, June 11. $39.50–$59.50. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., ticketmaster.ca.
Bestival, the city’s most bonkers music fest
The sophomore edition of the British fest is decamping from the Island to the Beach, but its eclectic, genre-hopping sound remains intact. Headliners include veteran goth-rockers the Cure and Australian indie rockers Tame Impala, while Grimes, Jamie xx, Odesza, and more will provide an idiosyncratic electro-pop soundtrack to the rest of the weekend. The infamous inflatable church will also make a comeback. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. $110–$201. Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E., bestival.ca.
A kegger at Yonge-Dundas Square
Beer: you want it, this fest has it. For the seventh year in a row, Session Toronto jumpstarts Ontario Craft Beer Week with a huge, hoppy party at Yonge-Dundas Square. Attendees will be able to sample over 100 beers and vote for their favourite brewery-celeb collaboration (past winners have included brews by Tom Green and the Sam Roberts Band). Dudes take note: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s ladies only. Saturday, June 11. $40–$100. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E., sessiontoronto.com.
Marco Sassone’s splendid shoe art
As a young artist in Florence, Marco Sassone sold his plywood paintings to tourists for pennies. Now, he counts Sophia Loren, Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner among his collectors. The 73-year-old Italian artist uses his soft, expressionistic brush to depict poverty in San Francisco, trains in Toronto (his current home) and, in this show, shoes. The exhibition includes new oil paintings of Sassone’s snakeskin boots, a homeless man’s beat-up sneakers and more. Thursday, June 9 to Monday, September 5. $14. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W., batashoemuseum.ca.
The best Shakespeare scripts to hit the silver screen
Since Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago, his plays have been ceaselessly staged, adapted, replicated, remixed and ripped off. TIFF’s new series, All the World’s a Screen: Shakespeare on Film, features the best riffs to hit celluloid. The month-long project spans nearly every style of film—silent, short, western, Bollywood, musical and more—and includes West Side Story (a.k.a. Romeo and Juliet told through ’60s street gangs), Throne of Blood (a 1957 samurai adaptation of Macbeth) and Hamlet Goes Business (an absurd comedy set in the cutthroat world of Helsinki’s rubber-duck industry). Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, July 3. $13. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., tiff.net.
A staging of The Hobbit by kids, for kids
Now that Peter Jackson’s super-epics have run their course, this fast-paced Canadian Children’s Opera Company rendition reclaims Tolkien’s classic for its intended audience: kids. A cast of more than 100 children brings the fantastical adventures of Bilbo, Gandalf and the gang to life with an original score by Newfoundland composer Dean Burry. Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12. $33. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queen’s Quay W., harbourfrontcentre.com.
Allatonceness, a performative history of the Music Gallery
This show loops past and present Music Gallery gigs into an audiovisual treat that’s guaranteed to excite and challenge audiences. DJ SlowPitchSound’s set explores the gallery’s audio archives, choreographer Allison Peacock performs a solo dance piece, the church’s altar turns into a psychedelic site-specific art installation, and artists lead a performative walking tour of the courtyard. Saturday, June 11. $20. Music Gallery, 197 John St., musicgallery.org.