A Blue Hill dinner, Chris Hadfield’s variety show and six other things to do this week
A Blue Hill dinner at the Drake
Drake chef Ted Corrado teams up with Michael Gallina of New York’s buzzy Blue Hill at Stone Barns farm-to-table restaurant for a five-course, prix-fixe tasting menu. Expect homemade Morteau sausage and house-smoked speck imported directly from Blue Hill’s farm, as well as plenty of sustainable produce. Tuesday, October 27. $85. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., thedrakehotel.ca.
Generator, Chris Hadfield’s cosmic variety show
Canada’s coolest space commander recreates the magic of a charity science event he attended in London last year, blending music, comedy and astrophysics with help from some special guests. English stand-up comic and BBC regular Robin Ince emcees, the keytar-playing nerd-rock outfit Tupper Ware Remix Party provides some Daft Punk–like tunes, and Hadfield himself is bound to bust out the guitar and deliver a few numbers from his cosmic compilation, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can. Wednesday, October 28. $39–$189. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., roythomson.com.
The radical paintings of J.M.W. Turner
In the early 19th century, the British painter was mocked for his unorthodox artistic style, using watercolours, smudges and pale swirls to capture scenes from the Industrial Revolution. These radical late works—on loan from the Tate Britain—comprise a dazzling catalogue that left a clear mark on both the Romantics and impressionists. Saturday, October 31 to January 31. $25. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., ago.net.
An angry, angsty and nostalgic Garbage concert
The Scottish-American band became instant alt-rock icons in 1995 with their hit-stacked self-titled debut, which welded post-grunge grittiness to mechanistic, dance floor–ready grooves on Edge 102 standards like “Queer” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” In the two decades and four records since, the band has incorporated new sounds but never shed its angsty essence. Monday, October 26. $40. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., ticketmaster.com.
The Trouble With Mr. Adams, Tarragon’s new play
Tarragon playwright-in-residence Gord Rand premieres a darkly funny play about Mr. Adams, a high school volleyball coach who falls for his far-too-young star athlete. Through the destructive romance, Rand and director Lisa Peterson (Shaw Festival’s The Philanderer) explore the awkward, unsettling nature of the male mid-life crisis. Wednesday, October 28 to November 29. $55–$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., tarragontheatre.com.
A synth-heavy Seoul show
After more than a year of teasing fans with single tracks, music videos and a shadowy online presence, the Montreal dream-pop trio delivered their excellent full-length debut, I Become A Shade, in June. It’s a sleek, shimmering effort filled with lethargic vocals, echoing guitars and reverb-drenched synthesizers. Friday, October 30. Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St., adelaidehallto.com.
Eat to the Beat, an all-female benefit cookoff
On Tuesday, 60 female Canadian chefs will participate in Eat to the Beat, an annual event that has raised more than $3.7 million for people affected by breast cancer over the past two decades. It’s a good cause with great food: the dishes come courtesy of talented Toronto chefs like Alexandra Feswick (The Drake Hotel), Nuit Regular (Pai), Alida Solomon (Tutti Matti) and Dufflet Rosenberg (Dufflet Pastries). Tuesday, October 27. $175. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., eattothebeat.ca.
A new Sherlock Holmes story starring David Arquette
This stage adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series premiered in Montreal in 2013, placing the scary-smart detective in the opium dens, dirty docks and grimy alleys of turn-of-the-century London. The Stratford Festival’s Andrew Shaver directs, while actor David Arquette (the Scream series) tackles the title role. Tuesday, October 27 to November 8. $39.95–$119.95. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., mirvish.com.