April 12, 2013
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was released in September 2010. His next book entitled Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will be published in late Spring 2013. David Sedaris will appear for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work and a book signing.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front Street East
8pm. Armed with one of the most recognizable voices in the business, Engelbert Humperdinck has been a formidable musical force for more than 45 years. His hits “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Man Without Love” and “Spanish Eyes” earned him ardent fans around the globe; his consummate ability to entertain has kept those fans eternally devoted to him. Set to win the hearts of a new generation with his upcoming album of duets, Humperdinck hits Toronto for the first time in a decade for one enchanted evening.
For tickets: box office at 416-872-4255 or www.masseyhall.com
Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street
8 pm. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of three American presidents (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), and received 18 Grammy Awards and 12 honorary doctorates. But it is in the court of public opinion that Franklin’s legacy truly stands the test of time: the number one vocalist of all time (as named by Rolling Stone magazine) is forever beloved for her soul masterpieces “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.”
For tickets: box office at 416-872-4255 or www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
4:00pm: HOGTOWN SYNCOPATORS. 6:30pm: SARA DELL: Sara Dell-Vocals/Solo Piano. 9:45pm: 2013 Grammy Nominee: New York’s MANUEL VALERA: Manuel Valera-Piano, Yosvany Terry-Sax, Roberto Occhipinti-Bass, and Ludwig Afonso-Drums.
For more details: www.TheRex.ca
Location: The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
World Stage Production
She She Pop (Germany)
Performed in German with English surtitles
Mirroring the story of King Lear and his daughters, She She Pop members take to the stage with their own aging fathers to enumerate their inheritances and negotiate how power, money, memory and love are passed along across the generations. With the drive of a game show, this heart wrenching and humourous work strives to find the intersections of responsibility and respect between parents and children. She She Pop, based in Berlin and Hamburg, is one of Germany’s most important performance collectives.
When: April 17-20, 2013
Location: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
More Information: Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage
Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge-Côté celebrate the power and beauty of abstraction and the
transformative experience they have undergone in their creative relationship over the last decade. Tickets: $19.50-$34.
For more details: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Location: Harbourfront — Enwave Theatre
DATES: April 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 2013
TIMES: 7:30 P.M. (*with the exception of Sunday, April 7 matinee at 3 P.M.)
Mozart’s The Magic Flute is an enchanting romp through a fairly-tale land in which dragons and spirits roam
and perseverance is rewarded by true love. A magical tale that delights audiences of all ages, The Magic
Flute is a wonderful adventure for the whole family.
One of the most-performed operas worldwide, The Magic Flute is perhaps Mozart’s greatest popular
success. It tells the tale of a prince, Tamino, who is sent by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter
Pamina from her nemesis Sarastro. Accompanied by the endearingly incorrigible Papageno and with the aid
of a magic flute, the besotted Tamino ventures into the temple and quickly finds that all is not as it seems. TICKET PRICES: $35 – $155.
For more details: www.operaatelier.com
Location: The Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street
Featuring 316 original prints from the prestigious Black Star Collection, HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS uses the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a point of departure to examine whether images of political struggle, suffering and victims of violence work for or against humanitarian objectives, especially when considering questions of race, representation, ethical responsibility and the cultural position of the photographer.
Curated by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP in London, England, HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS begins circa 1945 and includes well-known Civil Rights Movement events such as the Selma to Montgomery March and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The exhibition also features images of the independence movements in African countries including Kenya, Algeria, Chad, and Congo; portraits of Nobel Peace Prize winners Lester B. Pearson, Yasser Arafat, and René Cassin; images of protests in locations such as Berkeley, Chile, and Argentina; and war and conflict from the Vietnam War to the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.
Through HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS, we see the wide dissemination of photographic images of humankind in abject, euphoric or violently explicit conditions, and examine how these images assist us in understanding the case for human and civil rights. Made possible by the generous support of TD Bank Group, with additional funding from the Paul J. Ruhnke Memorial Fund, the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and Ryerson University, the exhibition is a collaboration with Autograph ABP (supported by Arts Council England). HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS will be on view in the Ryerson Image Centre Main Gallery January 23 – April 14, 2013.
For more information, visit the Ryerson Image Centre website.
Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images curated by Gaëlle Morel, exhibitions curator at the RIC, addresses political concerns and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. The Chilean-born, New York-based, Jaar highlights ignored contemporary tragedies such as genocides, epidemics, and famines, to promote cultural change.In his works “Searching for Africa in LIFE” (1996) and “From Time to Time” (2006), Jaar displays covers of news magazines to analyze the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture.
The artist’s three-channel video “We Wish to Inform You That We Didn’t Know” (2010), his most recent project on the genocide in Rwanda, acts as an epilogue to “The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000″, a series of twenty-five artworks developed to critique the world’s indifference and inaction to that mass murder. Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images will be on view in the Ryerson Image Centre University Gallery January 23 – April 14, 2013.
For more information, visit the Ryerson Image Centre website.