A date with Anthony Bourdain, a Bowie tribute and eight other things to do this week
A chat with Anthony Bourdain about his new book
On No Reservations and Parts Unknown, you’ve seen him eat a raw seal eye in northern Quebec, an undercooked warthog anus in Namibia and even—gasp—a deep-dish pizza in Chicago. Now, Anthony Bourdain will reminisce about his status as a globe-trotting celebrity chef to promote his new cookbook, Appetites. He’ll discuss his adventures and take a handful of audience questions. Tuesday, November 1. $60–$90. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., ticketmaster.ca.
An all-female food fest
Tomorrow night, 60 women will cook up as many dishes at the 21st annual Eat to the Beat, the country’s only event to feature just female chefs. In attendance: the Drake’s Alexandra Feswick, Bar Begonia’s Trista Sheen, Pai’s Nuit Regular, and many others. Proceeds will support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and one lucky raffle winner will score a three-night stay for two at Newfoundland’s highly acclaimed Fogo Island Inn. $189. Tuesday, November 1. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., eattothebeat.ca.
Uncovered, a poignant musical theatre tribute to David Bowie and Queen
Every year, Toronto’s Acting Up Stage Company picks a classic pop star or two—Elton John, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel—and turns their tunes into mighty, orchestral forces of musical theatre. This edition, featuring the songs of Queen and David Bowie, should be especially poignant, and it will feature the vocal prowess of Canadian Broadway titan Brent Carver and Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil. From $35. Tuesday, November 1 to Thursday, November 3. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., actingupstage.com.
A glimpse back at Richard Serra’s bold landscape art
In 1970, sculptor Richard Serra created one of his most notable early works: Shift, a formation of six zigzagging concrete walls in a field in King City, Ontario. In 2010, a developer sought to redevelop the field for housing, despite the monument’s heritage status as a protected cultural landscape. Through interviews with art historians, local politicians and Serra himself, Simone Estrin’s documentary chronicles the struggle to protect this unusual landmark, which—spoiler alert—culminated in a 2013 bylaw that saved the iconic sculpture. Wedensday, November 2 to Sunday, December 4. Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., ryerson.ca.
Pet Shop Boys’ laser-filled synth-pop set
Dubbed the Super Tour after their newest album, the legendary duo’s new show caters to long-time fans. The set list is dominated by classics like “West End Girls” and “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct,” and deeper cuts like “In the Night.” As always, the irresistible electro-pop will be perfectly matched by high-concept staging (lasers! Strange inflatable costumes!). Sunday, November 6. $50–$105. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., ticketmaster.ca.
An all-you-can-eat dinner to fight hunger
This Wednesday, a whole bunch of the city’s best chefs—and a whack of Niagara winery representatives—will congregate for What’s On the Table, the Stop’s annual all-you-can-eat-and-drink gala fundraiser. All funds raised will support the organization’s critical food access and community-building programs. $325. Wednesday, November 2. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., thestop.org.
A taste of The 1975’s referential pop
The slick pop of this U.K. quartet traffics in vulnerability: the lyrics cover sex, love, fear and other weighty teenage topics. Their psuedo-indie sound flips from peppy to tongue-in-cheek to angsty and emo—from synth-pop to alt-rock to a quieter, ethereal sound. The band’s influences are a stew of nostalgic pop culture elements, ranging from Michael Jackson to the Talking Heads and even John Hughes movies (more than one wag has described their sound as more 1985 than 1975). Their concerts are full of bluster and spectacle, and heavily dependant on the undeniable charisma of front man Matt Healy. Thursday, November 3. $40–$60. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., ticketmaster.ca.
A youthful take on Much Ado About Nothing
A rundown of the nothing about which there is perennially much ado: soldiers returning from war. Wooing. A confession of love. A mistaken identity. A jilted bride. A fake death. And, if you’ll pardon the spoiler, a happy ending. For its annual Shakespeare production, Hart House Theatre turns to one of the Bard’s most crowd-pleasing comedies. You’ve probably seen it before, but hey, there’s a reason it’s still making audiences laugh 417 years after its debut. Friday, November 4 to Saturday, November 19. $28. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Cir., uofttix.ca.
A Brimful of Asha, a mother-son theatre collaboration
Asha and Ravi Jain wrote and star in this lighthearted family drama. Playing themselves, the two Jains come into conflict when Asha decides it’s time for her son to get married. What follows is a generational clash of cultural viewpoints that will be familiar to many families. After a successful Canadian tour, A Brimful of Asha returns to Soulpepper, where it was first performed to sold-out audiences in 2012. Tuesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 5. $25–$59. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpepper.ca.
Tafelmusik’s sing-along birthday party
The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir is celebrating its 35th anniversary. There may be competition, but there’s no doubt that this period band’s choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, is the best choral ensemble in the city. This birthday celebration, Let Us All Sing!, features their pinpoint intonation and rhythmic elasticity in works by Handel, Lully, Rameau and Zelenka, along with a piece new to them: Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. Wednesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 6. $39–$93. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity–St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., tafelmusik.org.