Justin Bieber’s homecoming, a Radiohead film screening and six other things to do this week
An energetic (and apologetic) Justin Bieber show
He’s gone from a squeaky clean YouTube prodigy to a hoodied heartthrob to Canada’s most reviled export. But only on his mea culpa record, Purpose, did Bieber become musically meaningful, swapping bubble gum anthems for tropical house (“Sorry”) and minimalist electro (“What Do You Mean?”). This tour is as impressive as the album, with choreographed acrobatics and legions of LEDs. Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19. $57.50–$146.50. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., ticketmaster.ca.
Selena Gomez’s musical rebuttal
Just a few nights after the Biebs fills the ACC with breakup songs about his ex, Gomez herself will hit the stadium stage equipped to deliver her own I’m-an-adult-now tunes. The sexy numbers on her latest album, Revival, are inspired by a recent trip to Mexico and a stint in rehab. The title track is a sleek, introspective R&B stunner, while “Hands to Myself” and “Me and the Rhythm” offer up dance floor–ready beats. Sunday, May 22. $50.50–$126. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., ticketmaster.ca.
A Radiohead short film in 35mm
Last week, Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead shipped a 35mm reel to TIFF with the message, “We’ve made a film! We’d be happy if you played it!” The Lightbox, happy to oblige, is screening the mind-bending short film—a seven-minute music video for “Daydreaming,” a stunningly serene track off the British band’s new album, A Moon Shaped Pool—before screenings of River of Grass and The Professional. Thursday, May 19; Sunday, May 21; and Tuesday, May 24. $13. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., tiff.net.
The most eccentric music you’ll hear this month
In recent months, Toronto orchestras have performed Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah from memory, and now Tafelmusik is joining the scoreless movement. Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House pairs music from Leipzig in the 1740s with what would have been played in the coffee houses of Damascus. The Tafelmusik orchestra is joined by Demetri Petsalakis on the lute-like oud, and percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand. Thursday, May 19 to Tuesday, May 24. $58–$131. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., tafelmusik.org.
Hurvin Anderson’s beautifully varied paintings
In his career-spanning show, the British artist showcases disparate styles. Abstract paintings in shades of blue and green hang beside colourful canvases depicting urban barbershops and tennis courts; photographic collages of Caribbean roads accompany hand-painted sculptures. The eclectic works stem mostly from Anderson’s memories of visits to Trinidad and the Afro-Caribbean community in his hometown of Birmingham. Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, August 21. $19.50. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., ago.net.
A food film screening with everything but Smell-O-Vision itself
Michelin-starred chef Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok fame, leads a discussion about how smell and taste connect to memory, place and culinary innovation, following TIFF’s Food on Film screening of Kim Nguyen’s The Empire of Scents. Bonus Canadiana: Chris Hadfield makes a cameo to describe what space smells like. Wednesday, May 18. $35. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., tiff.net.
An evening of crooning from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
The falsetto-voiced front man stormed the ’60s with his adorable doo-wop and blue-eyed soul, kept crooning into the ’70s as a solo artist, and endured long enough to see his career canonized in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. In this concert, Valli’s back with the boys for a nostalgic night that will track more than 50 years of enduring hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Begging.” Saturday, May 21. $95.50–$168.50. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., sonycentre.ca.
Celeb photographer’s Douglas Kirkland first hometown show
The veteran Canadian photographer has shot Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson; worked on the sets of Star Wars, Titanic and 2001: A Space Odyssey; and had his photos shown in Life, Look and galleries worldwide—but he’s never had a show in his hometown, Toronto. This Izzy Gallery exhibition, A Life in Pictures, fixes that. It includes 21 stunning archival portraits and behind-the-scenes photos of Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Monica Bellucci and Coco Chanel. Thursday, May 19 to Thursday, June 30. Izzy Gallery, 106 Yorkville Ave., izzygallery.com.