The Weekender: Michael Jackson, Eat The City and five other items on our to-do list
1. MICHAEL JACKSON: THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
There’s a lot to love at this tribute to the King of Pop from Cirque du Soleil. In this performance, expect gravity-defying acrobatics and mind-blowing contortionism set to Michael Jackson chart toppers. July 27 and 28. $65.50–$190.50. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.
2. FRUGAL FASHION WEEK
This wallet-friendly fashion week kicked off in 2009 and has quickly become a favourite for those who want fun things to wear but don’t want to go into debt. This weekend, don’t miss Le Pop, a Nyood-hosted brunch and sale (yes, there will be mimosas). To July 29. Various prices. Various locations, 647-391-8993, frugalfashionweek.com.
3. EAT THE CITY (FREE!)
Journalist Robin Shulman is here in support of her new book, Eat the City, which traces the long history of New York’s urban gardeners, fishers, beekeepers, brewers and foragers. July 28. Admission is free. Type Books, 883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973, typebooks.ca.
4. THE CRUCIBLE
This American theatrical classic is set in 1692, the height of the Salem witch trials, and is playwright Arthur Miller’s scathing critique of 1950s McCarthyism. As with all the best pieces of art, modern audiences will still find it compelling and, unfortunately, relevant. Soulpepper favourite Stuart Hughes stars as John Proctor, a Salem farmer whose former mistress, Abigail (Hannah Miller), starts making serious accusations against her neighbours (witch!). To September 22. $32–$68. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery Historic District, 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
5. ACCIDENTAL ARCHIVES (FREE!)
This exhibit, by local girl turned New York Times graphic designer Sara Cwynar, is about her overwhelming collection of stuff. The bits and bobs on display form a physical, accidentally compiled archive of her own recent history (a history that’s a little reminiscent of Hoarders). To August 18. Admission is free. Cooper Cole Gallery, 1161 Dundas St. W., 647-347-3316, coopercolegallery.com.
6. THREE BY BEAUMARCHAIS
The Beaumarchais in this event’s title refers to playwright (and “inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, arms dealer” according to his Wikipedia page) Pierre, who penned the plays that would become some of the world’s most beloved operas: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Milhaud’s La Mére Coupable. The three performances are put on by Summer Opera Lyric Theatres, a summer-long educational program for young vocalists. July 27 to August 5. $26 per show. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St., 416-978-7986, solt.ca.
7. TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER
This festival, while very much about beer, is more than a bunch of people getting drunk in a park. The grounds at Exhibition Place will have grilling demos for people who want to eat and drink, and there are also live concerts from acts like Salt-N-Pepa, Michie Mee, Big Wreck, Kreesha Turner and Hollerado. But for those seeking beer and beer alone, there are approximately 100 brands represented this weekend, and there will be many info sessions and talks, too. July 29. $39. Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd., 416-960-8499, beerfestival.ca.