1. PICASSO: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS
Even if you know nothing about art, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the great Pablo Picasso. The Spanish painter and sculptor was an artistic pioneer—he co-founded the Cubist movement and collage, and revolutionized several other styles. He was hugely prolific, and the creator of some of the most expensive and most oft-stolen pieces of art. This AGO exhibit, comprised of 150 works from the Musée National Picasso in Paris, covers all of the painter’s major periods and includes works like The Death of Casagemas, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and the famous The Matador, a self-portrait completed three years before Picasso died. This summer-long stop at the AGO is the final stop of its tour, and the only Canadian one. To August 26. $19.50. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648, ago.net.
2. STARS ON ICE 2012
Spandex and sequins and Salchows, oh my. Four-time world champion Kurt Browning makes the jump from performer to co-director and choreographer with this edition of the annual figure skating extravaganza. He shares the ice with Olympians Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette and Jeffrey Buttle. May 4. $25–$150. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.
3. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
Practice your jazz hands, theatre-goers. This take on the musical comedy finds inspiration in the competitive cheerleading franchise of the early 2000s Bring It On (though more from the subsequent sequels than the Toro versus Clovers original). The songs are catchy, the cast is attractive and the production is slick, but we can’t help but miss pre-art film Kirsten Dunst. To June 3. $45–$130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
4. TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
This cultural-slash-film festival, which “strives to promote Jewish culture and heritage through film,” is said to be the largest of its kind in Canada and the U.S. Size aside, the lineup always features compelling, conversation-provoking films. This weekend, catch Thierry Binisti’s A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, about a young Israeli woman who strikes up a correspondence with a Palestinian teenager, first via the titular bottle and later via email; My Australia, a semi-autobiographical feature set in the ’60s about two boys in a neo-Nazi gang who find out their mother is a Holocaust survivor who hid their Jewish heritage; and OSS 117—Lost in Rio, a send-up of the ’60s spy genre starring The Artist’s Jean Dujardin. To May 13. Single ticket $8–$13, passes $80–$160. Various locations, 416-324-9121, tjff.com.
This ladies-only arts festival, which turns 10 this year, is definitely interdisciplinary. Art, dance, music, theatre and spoken word all make appearances, alongside a fashion show, Soul Train tribute and a dance party. This weekend, catch the Little Dresses for Africa fashion show, a family-friendly day of activities and workshops at Artscape Wychwood Barns, and an improv event that pairs artists from different backgrounds and experience levels for short performances. To May 11. PWYC ($10 suggested). Various locations, 416-7047-0330, bcurrent.ca
6. STAR WARS DAY
This sci fi-focused event is for serious fans of the Star Wars juggernaut (think Star Wars kid), and anyone curious about Luke, Leia, Boba Fett, Chewy and more. Celebrating “everything awesome in the world of… remixes, mash-ups and parodies,” it includes screenings of the best fan films, a trivia game, a Death Star–shaped piñata for smashing, and a costume competition (with two categories: Padawan for the little ones and Jedi League for their parents). Proceeds benefit the Sick Kids Foundation. May 4. $15. Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave., starwarsdayto.com.
7. JANE’S WALK
This annual weekend of community walks, inspired by urban theorist Jane Jacobs, was established by her friends as a tribute in 2007, and now boasts 500+ walks in cities around the world. Here are some of our picks for the weekend: Dovercourt public school students’ “Sesame Street Utopia: These Are The People in Your Neighborhood”; journalist John Lorinc’s transit-focused “#StClairDisaster: Seeing Is Believing”; and a walk specifically invested in exploring bakery architecture—there might even be a sweet treat. May 5 and 6. Admission is free. Various locations, janeswalk.net.
8. TORONTO ROCK VS. BUFFALO BANDITS
The Leafs are in full-on golf mode, the Jays are just getting started and there’s not much to say about the TFC, but the city’s lacrosse team is at least having a bit of success. The Toronto Rock take on the Buffalo Bandits this weekend for Game One of the NLL playoffs. May 5. $18-$77. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.