The Weekender: Images Festival, One of a Kind Show and six other things to do this Easter weekend
1. EASTER AT THE ZOO
The Casa Loma Easter egg hunt may be sold out, but the zoo’s annual “egg”stravaganza is just as fun, with a scavenger hunt that spans the entire grounds. April 2 to 5. Adults $21, children four to 12 $13, children under four free. 2000 Meadowvale Rd., 416-392-5900, torontozoo.com.
2. ONE OF A KIND SHOW
The city’s dedicated shoppers head to this spring arts and craft show to search out pieces for their homes and closets that aren’t found at the mall. Finds range from rustic-chic birdhouses to beautiful paper crafts and cheeky ceramics (like Hugo Didier’s Not Made in China vases). Craft classes keep kids entertained. March 31 to April 4. $6–$12. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., oneofakindshow.com.
3. THE MILL
An ambitious undertaking by Theatrefront, this series of four plays, each by a different playwright, is set in Brody, a small Canadian pioneer town. With a healthy dash of horror, each play explores a different point in the history of the town and the mill. Part One: Now We Are Brody, set in 1850, is on Thursday. Part Two: The Huron Bride (1834) and Part Three: The Woods (1640) are on Friday and Saturday. Theatre-goers have to wait until next season for the conclusion. April 1 to 3. $20–$30. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St., Bldg. 49, 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
4. IMAGES FESTIVAL
This most modern of film festivals features local, national and international multimedia works. This weekend’s highlights: the screening of I Went to the Zoo the Other Day by Hamilton-based artist Luo Li, the free gallery tours at 401 Richmond Street West and partying at the Images Festival Lounge at Workman Arts. April 1 to 10. Up to $15. Various locations, 416-971-8405, imagesfestival.com.
5. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
A hilarious twist on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, in this Mel Brooks–penned version, Dr. Frankenstein travels to Transylvania when his grandfather bequeaths him a castle. When he arrives, he finds it harder and harder to avoid his mad scientist heritage. And wouldn’t you know it, in the end he joins the family biz and creates a monster all his own. To April 18. $26–$120. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
With perhaps its most eclectic lineup ever, this French-language film festival features more than 30 genre-spanning films from Canada and overseas. Our picks for this weekend include Envoyés très spéciaux, a French comedy about a mission to rescue two reporters who have been kidnapped in Iraq; Le Déserteur, about draft dodger Georges Guénette, who was shot and killed by the RCMP in 1944; and La journée de la jupe, a French-Belgian thriller about a teacher who takes her class hostage. To April 3. $10. AMC Yonge and Dundas 24, 10 Dundas St. E., 416-977-2262, cinefranco.com.
7. TORONTO NOW: DEAN BALDWIN (FREE!)
Titled The Dork Porch, Toronto artist Dean Baldwin’s installation is the first in the AGO’s Toronto Now series of free exhibits in the street-level Young Gallery. His work looks like a back porch, with building materials, found objects and even edible bits. In fact, visitors can dine in the space—the menu and servers are from Frank. The jam-packed exhibit is par for the course for Baldwin, who’s known for super-detailed pieces, like a photo series that catalogued (almost) everything he ate for an entire year. To May 23. 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6688, ago.net.
8. ROM NATURE MONTH
Future enviro-warriors will enjoy the ROM’s program of nature-focused events. The museum plays host to family-friendly activities and lectures about biodiversity in April, including a weekly series in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity exhibit (every Friday) and regular chances to get hands-on with Ontario wildlife at Wild Zone Workshops (Sundays and Mondays). April 2 to 30. $15–$22. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-5549, rom.on.ca.