A chat with Bryan Cranston, a Tegan and Sara show and six more things to do this week
A sit-down with Bryan “Heisenberg” Cranston
We know you have some burning questions about Malcolm in the Middle. Here’s your chance. Cranston sits down with journalist Johanna Schneller to discuss his new memoir, A Life in Parts, and his long career in film and television, including his little-known series Breaking Bad. Tickets include a pre-signed copy of the book. Friday, October 28. $45. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St., eventbrite.ca.
Afterlife Glam, a Halloween ode to Bowie and Prince
For two iconic performers who died in 2016, every day was like Halloween. The Drake Hotel’s annual Halloween dance party pays tribute to David Bowie and Prince with a costume contest, where Thin White Dukes will go head-to-head with His Royal Badnesses. A highlight: an interactive installation where guests can discover their glam alter-ego. Saturday, October 29. $10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., thedrakehotel.ca.
A sizzling Tegan and Sara set
After dominating the airwaves with “Closer” and performing at the Oscars, the Canadian indie-pop duo is now firmly in the mainstream. That’s not to say they’ve changed—it’s the rest of us who have devoured their infectious tunes and off-the-wall energy. They play Massey Hall to promote their new album, Love You to Death, which further explores the pop-banger style they developed with 2013’s Heartthrob. Friday, October 28. $46–$56. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., ticketmaster.com.
A scrumdiddlyumptious evening
Tonight, as part of the Food in Film series, the Revue Cinema is screening the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Pastry chef extraordinaire Laura Slack hosts, and all guests will receive a box of hand-made chocolates from one of Toronto’s own Willy Wonkas, David Chow. Bonus: one lucky person will find a golden ticket good for prizes courtesy of the Revue. $17–$20. Monday, October 24. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., eventbrite.ca.
Donovan Woods’ easy-going folk tunes
The Polaris-nominated singer-songwriter has become one of Canada’s folk favourites with his twangy acoustic earworms, deadpan stage banter and hyper-local lyrics (who else namedrops Parkdale in verse?). Hear him on the Toronto leg of his national tour, during which he’ll perform material from his latest album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, and follow-up EP, They Are Going Away. Friday, October 28. $29.50–$39.50. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W., masseyhall.com.
A puppet-powered production of Titus Andronicus
Seven Siblings Theatre puts a unique spin on the Bard’s bloodiest tragedy, casting both human actors and impressive full-sized puppets—bugs and goats and furry creatures that require multiple handlers. The production emphasizes the horror and supernatural elements of Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal, revenge and murder. Friday, October 28 to November 6. $15–$25. The Citadel, 304 Parliament St., sevensiblingstheatre.com.
The Circle, a young playwright’s debut
A group of teenage misfits—a genius, a drug dealer, a runaway et al.—collide at a high school garage party in emerging playwright Geoffrey Simon Brown’s debut play. Inspired by Brown’s real-life experiences, this raw drama takes a candid, nuanced look at the suburban high school experience. Wednesday, October 26 to November 27. $28–$65. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgeman Ave., tarragontheatre.com.
A panoply of paper at Canzine
The annual festival of zines, books, small press and underground culture moves to the AGO for a daylong celebration of the printed page, featuring zine workshops, panels, a book-pitching contest, a Q&A with AGO artist-in-residence Walter Scott and a live Broken Pencil magazine event. Saturday, October 29. Free. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., brokenpencil.com.