I would say happy Sunday, but you probably don’t want a reminder that you’re going back to your first full week of work in a while. I stayed pretty busy this weekend (as usual) and had to share with you a movie that I absolutely loved.
If you have not heard of it, it is the story of 3 black women that worked at NASA during the 60s as “computers”. I was excited to see this movie, I had first heard about it because IBM is a big sponsor of the film and I work very closely with them in my “day job”. The movie stars Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson and each of them were amazing. I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but I want to tell everyone that it is definitely worth the $15 to see and I think that they should show it in every high school math class, I even joked with a teacher that I met this weekend that it should be in her next lesson plan. I’m very glad that it did extremely well at the box office. I was afraid that it wouldn’t garner a lot of interest, since it is about a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention. So, if you’re looking for a great, funny and feel-good movie, definitely check out Hidden Figures. And, if you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know what you think!
I had the opportunity to see Obsidian Theatre’s 2nd show of the season, Up The Garden Path, last night at Theatre Passe Muraille.
The story starts in Barbados in the 1960s as a woman makes the decision to travel to disguise herself as a man and travel to the Niagara region to work picking grapes. When she arrives, she discovers that she is the only one who can see a ghost from the war of 1812, trapped in a type of purgatory and decides that if he helps her keep her job on the farm, she’ll help him crossover the the other side.
The play is often funny and sweet and the acting is quite good. I am constantly impressed by the level of talent in the shows I see at small theatres across the city. Up The Garden Path runs at Theatre Passe Muraille until April 10th. Tickets start at $25 with a discount for students, seniors and art workers.
I’ve mentioned it before how I’m always blown away by the amount of theatre available in this city and now there’s another show I want to share with you.
Carbon: A Workshop Performance is coming to Toronto. This show was originally “Carbon Copies” at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival (who knew Hamilton had a fringe – so. much. theatre.) and with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, it has now been developed into Carbon.
This show features five poets from the GTA. The show aims to heighten the theatricality of poetry performance and storytelling through Slam Poetry and Spoken Word. The show has a short run at Aki Studio Theatre at 585 Dundas Street E from March 16th-19th. Tickets start at $18 and there is a discount for students and art workers with 10% of the Box Office going to support Louder Than a Bomb Canada, a poetry festival in Hamilton, organized by the Hamilton Youth Poets and Nea Reid.
Tickets are available online now.
Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to hear a speaker as part of the rotating lecture series at the Warhol Revisited exhibit at Bay and Bloor.
The speaker was Tavis Coburn, an illustrator with a colourful (sorry for the pun) career. He has worked in advertising, album covers and is frequently hired by magazines and newspapers for his art. As someone who knows basically nothing (read: absolutely nothing) about art, it was really interesting to hear how his career developed. Not only do I know very little about art, I’m also terrible at it, and so I’m always so impressed by someone with artistic ability.
The gallery isn’t very big but it is full of impressive art by the famous Andy Warhol. I’ve never seen any of his pieces in real life and some of the pieces were remarkable. I’ve of course seen the soup cans and the Marilyns but there was lots of portraits and characters that were beautifully done in his style.
The exhibit runs Tuesday-Saturday until the end of the year with a number of lectures happening, check the website for details. Tickets to the lectures include entrance to the gallery and is only open to lecture attendees.
This past weekend was the 3rd annual Gentlemen’s Expo. I’ve been to a number of expos designed for women, so I was excited to see what the gentlemen’s version would entail.
I headed down at noon at Saturday, bought some drink tickets and hit the floor with my boyfriend. I quickly realized there was a lot of drinks that I was going to want to try, including craft beers (and not so craft but still delicious beers), whiskeys and wines. I promise that those will be showing up in Thirsty Thursdays over the next couple of weeks.
It’s no secret that I love “shopping local”. I love seeing what people in this city are doing and this was a great expo to learn about local merchants including “steak” jerky, an all-beef, nitrate-free jerky from table mountain curing company and thank you toronto, with sweet hats and cute dog leashes. I loved the opportunity to speak with the owners and operators of so many great places in the city.
There were lots of options for maintaining a beard, staying dapper and well lubricated. There were a number of presentations on the main stage (most, I unfortunately missed just based on timing) but they included drink pairing guides, hypnosis and concerts. My favourite part of course was the variety of drinks, as much as I love my beer festivals, it was great to be able to sample so many different brands of beers and other drinks that I’m not familiar with. As I said, check back over the next few weeks to see all the great stuff I tried.
I had a great time at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I would recommend checking it out next if you’re looking for a fun day out, there is plenty for the ladies (I may have started my Christmas shopping) as there is for the gentlemen!
Have you been to the The Gentlemen’s Expo? What was your favourite part?
Last Monday, I was invited to see “Monday Nights” at Theatre Centre in the West Queen West area. Despite it’s name, this show does not only play on Monday Nights (I totally checked this out before seeing the show).
In it’s second-run, this interactive play is about 4 basketball players in Toronto. They play every Monday night in the summer at Bathurst and Queens Quay until the lights went off and this play is about their story.
When I first heard about it, I didn’t fully understand what “interactive and choose your own adventure” could mean in a play but they made it happen, one note even said to wear comfy shoes. I was sure that I was not going to be talked into playing any basketball but there’s something about that crowd atmosphere that makes you do things you wouldn’t have thought of (I was terrible by the way, but regret nothing).
The play starts with you entering a room and listening to headphones at different team’s stations, that’s how you decide which team you’re on. Team Blue had Feel So Good by Mase playing, so naturally I picked that team (although the team playing “Ain’t No Mountain High” came in a close second. Once we got our seats, our “team captain” came out. We kept the headphones on to learn the back stories of the team captains, ours and others. Each team was hearing a different version of the story – it was funny when other teams would laugh at times but you would have no idea why. And then it was time to play ball! (that may be more of a baseball thing).
I volunteered as scorekeeper – assuming that would mean I wouldn’t touch a basketball – I was wrong and again, I was terrible but all in good fun. The show then became more of a basketball game – which is really hard to describe in the context of a play but somehow it worked. We competed against the other teams in a series of basketball challenges – and all of them involved members of the audience. We cheered our teams on, working together against the other teams. It was definitely interactive and definitely different.
Monday Nights is all about being brave enough to step out of your comfort zone, making wishes and following your dreams. There’s still time to see Monday Nights and this Sunday is PWYC. I’d recommend this show for theatre fans as well as basketball fans (the kids at the show seemed to love it).
Have you been to an interactive play before? What did you think?
Happy Friday everyone! My Thirsty Thursday post didn’t go up because I went to brewery bingo, which was great but more about that later! Here’s what’s going on this weekend if you’re looking for things to do this weekend.
Do: This weekend is the One of a Kind Spring Show at the Direct Energy Centre. Get out and meet the artists and shop locally for lots of items like jewelry, food, art and more! The show runs until Sunday.
See: The Canadian Film Fest is on until tomorrow. All movies are showing on in Little Italy at The Royal Theatre, shows are restricted to 18+ and can be purchased online.
Eat/Drink: Tonight is the 14th Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. The venue has been announced as Propeller Coffee on Wade, near Landsdowne Station. Tickets are sold out but men and non-ticket holders are allowed after midnight.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Friday the 13th (again). Hope you all have a great week. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend if you’re still looking for things to do.
Do: You can go to the Junos! I don’t know why that sounds so crazy to me but you can purchase tickets and go to the Junos. They’re happening in Hamilton and tickets are still available for Sundays event.
See: Canada Blooms starts this Friday at the Direct Energy Centre. I always find the flower displays really remarkable. Also, it means Spring is coming! Tickets are available online or at the doors.
Eat/Drink: It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday so there will be lots of people celebrating in the city (including yours truly). There’s still tickets to St. Partys Day at Brasaii, the annual Carlsburg sponsored event.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe it’s the weekend already, the first full weekend in March! Here’s some things going on this weekend.
Do: The TO Sketch Fest began yesterday and runs until the 15th. Tickets start at $10 at shows in multiple venues. The event is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with dozens of shows happening over the 10 days.
See: This weekend is the closing weekend of Obsidian Theatre’s show “The Wild Party“. Unfortunately, I missed this production but had a great time when I saw their production of The Mountaintop a few months ago. Tickets are available for shows at the Berkeley Theatre.
Eat/Drink: This weekend is the Toronto Sushi Festival. Early bird tickets are sold out but tickets will be available at the door. $30 gets you into the event, and includes 5 food tokens. There will be food and beer available for purchase at the event. The event takes place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, near Don Mills and Eglinton.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy looooooooong weekend! Also, Happy Friday the 13th, Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Family Day! There’s lots going on this weekend, for those celebrating valentine’s day and those couldn’t care less. Here’s a mix of both for the weekend if you’re still looking for something to do.
Do: Tomorrow night for Valentine’s Day, SPiN is hosting a “spin the paddle” event for singles. Entrance is free to the event and there’s delicious Valentine’s themed food available for the night. Already have a partner? No worries, you can book a table for the night for some friendly competition with your Valentine.
See: This weekend is the Toronto Black Film festival. It takes place at Carlton Place all weekend with tickets starting at $10. There will be shorts, documentaries and full-length features and a number of panels throughout the festival. Ticket information is available online.
Eat: Looking for a way to warm up on what is supposed to be a (really) cold weekend? The distillery district is hosting heatfest, a comfort food truck event happening on Family Day. Admission to the event is free and they have events happening throughout the day to stay warm.
Drink: Looking for a beer-filled event for your valentine’s day? Mill St in the distillery is hosting Brew Lovers Ball with a prix fixe, live music, a burlesque show and of course, beer! Basically, the best valentine’s day ever.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!