The Weekender: Make Some Noise at the library, art at the Brick Works and six other events on our to-do list
1. FROM THE GROUND UP LECTURE: RAJ PATEL
Best-selling author Raj Patel has gone from working for such global organizations as the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the UN to criticizing them at every opportunity. Catch the academic-activist expounding on the true cost of food production (spoiler: local is better) before sitting down to a three-course dinner prepared by Jamie Kennedy. Oct. 17. Lecture $10, with dinner $200. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park Cres., gardinermuseum.on.ca.
2. BUCK 65 (FREE!)
We were snipped at on a regular basis for being too loud at the library, so we’re treating the new Make Some Noise concert series as much-delayed revenge. A collaboration between the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Juno Awards and the Toronto Public Library, the series features hot bands, many of the indie persuasion, performing all-ages shows in the stacks. This weekend, it’s turntablist and MC Buck 65. Oct. 15. Bloor/Gladstone Public Library, 1101 Bloor St. W., 416-393-7674, torontopubliclibrary.ca.
3. OUT OF CONTEXT—FOR PINA
Acclaimed choreographer Alain Platel, artistic director of the Belgian collective Les ballets C de la B, is known for his radical creations and free-form improvisations. His Out of Context, which is dedicated to the late modern dance icon Pina Bausch, kicks off this season of Harbourfront’s World Stage. Oct. 13 to 16. $15–$49. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.ca.
4. FOUR DIRECTIONS (FREE!)
Public art organization No. 9 mounts temporary installations that aim to spur social and environmental change. Four Directions, a group video exhibit mounted in the kilns at the Evergreen Brick Works, features screenings of Werner Herzog’s Lessons of Darkness, about Kuwait’s burning oil fields, and three equally eco-conscious No. 9 commissions by Isabelle Hayeur, Val Klassen and Dana Claxton. To Dec. 31. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., ebw.evergreen.ca.
The next two weeks are really the only time of year when one building holding seven different haunted houses isn’t overkill, it’s fun. Now in its 18th year, this festival of fear has all the zombies, mummies and monsters anyone could want, not to mention a selection of scary rides (the Freakout, anyone?), a creepy maze and the fully licensed Vampire Lounge. Oct. 15 to 31. $28.50. Exhibition Place, 190 Princes Blvd., 416-979-3327, screemers.ca.
6. A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Meet the Youngers, an African-American family living in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighbourhood. As this acclaimed play opens, they’re about to receive $10,000 from the family patriarch’s life insurance policy, but everyone has a different idea of how the money should be spent. Directed by Weyni Mengesha, this production sadly lacks the original Broadway show’s Sidney Poitier or 2004’s Sean Combs, but it does have an award-winning cast of its own, including Alison Sealy-Smith and Diego Matamoros. Oct. 15 to Nov. 13. $29–$70. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St., Bldg. 49, 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
7. MOHSEN NAMJOO LIVE IN A MINOR
Dubbed the Iranian Bob Dylan by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo effortlessly blends classical Persian music with Western jazz, rock and blues. His work courts controversy: in 2006, an Iranian judge sentenced him to five years in jail for ridiculing a chapter of the Koran in his lyrics (it was in absentia; he didn’t serve any time). Oct. 16. $50–$175. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., 416-870-8000, ticketmaster.ca.
8. DRAKE FALL MARKET (FREE!)
With its tasty fall treats and ample shopping opportunities, the Drake’s regular autumn outdoor market has quickly become one of our favourite fall events. Look for vintage finds from the General Store and free Drake stuff on the freecycle table. And did we mention the treats? Oct. 16 and 17. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042, thedrakehotel.ca.