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Best of Fall 2012: the season’s must-see stage shows

Best of Fall 2012: top fall plays
THE ARSONISTS
THE ARSONISTS
Singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge, who scored a ton of theatrical cred in the 2011 stage adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel Divisadero, builds on his second career with a gig as the composer and chorus leader in this wicked postwar political farce by Swiss playwright Max Frisch.
Nov. 11 to Dec. 9. Bluma Appel Theatre

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Today in Toronto: Hot Docs, You Can’t Take It With You and more

A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi A death-in-opera double bill. Composer Alexander Zemlinsky based his one-act tragedy on a play by Oscar Wilde that explores the restorative impact a murder might have on a failing marriage. Schicchi, Puccini’s sole, memorably tuneful attempt at operatic comedy, revolves around changing a dead man’s will. Find out more »

Hot Docs Oddsmakers, take note. Last year, North America’s biggest documentary fest screened two docs that went on to nab Oscars nominations, as well as all the films on the Genie Awards short list for the genre. This year’s edition, its 19th, will also be occasion for the unveiling of the recently revamped Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, which will screen non-fiction all year round. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: High Life

High Life One of only two Canadian plays on Soulpepper’s 2012 roster, Lee MacDougall’s 1996 creation seems at first glance too slight to bear such a responsibility. But the darkly comedic tale of four morphine addicts who concoct and bungle a seemingly airtight (but ultimately Trailer Park Boys-worthy) plan to rob a bank machine has lasted through two decades of productions and a 2009 feature film. Oliver Dennis and Diego Matamoros star. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: Beethoven and Golijov, Sleigh Bells and The Aleph

Beethoven and Golijov: Visions of Eternity For some rather intense lunchtime fare, Toronto’s Tokai Quartet tackles Beethoven’s seven-movement String Quartet no. 14 in C-Sharp Minor and then segues to Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s solemn and beautiful Tenebrae (in the version for string quartet, soprano and clarinet). Find out more »

Sleigh Bells It all started when a boy (Derek Miller) served a girl (Alexis Krauss) at a Brazilian restaurant in Brooklyn. Next came a jam session, a contract with M.I.A.’s label, shows at Bonnaroo, a gig opening for Die Antwoord and a headlining tour. Find out more »

The Aleph Jorge Luis Borges shook up the lit world with his dreamy short stories, now considered pillars of magic realism. In last year’s adaptation of the Argentine’s The Aleph, actor Diego Matamoros did a little shaking of his own: it was him, a chair, the audience and the clever use of a mirror. Find out more »

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The Weekender: Cinderella, Christy Turlington Burns and six other events on our to-do list

Christy Turlington Burns, Donato DiStefano in Cinderella and Diego Matamoros in The Aleph

1. FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND CREATION (FREE!)
CanStage’s annual Festival of Ideas and Creation is all about supporting artists and developing new works. This year’s lineup has some serious thespian credentials: director Atom Egoyan, opera director Robert Carsen and playwright Will Power. This weekend, don’t miss The Decameron: Things We Left Behind. Loosely based on Boccaccio’s collection of novellas, this new production is about four friends in a swiftly degenerating city. (Similarities to Toronto’s 2012 budget are, we’re sure, strictly coincidental.) May 9 to 21. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110, canadianstage.com/festival.

2. WEEKEND GEOFEST
Geocaching, in a nutshell, is a high-tech take on scavenger hunts: participants search for hidden clues and race to the finish line, all aided by a GPS device. This weekend-long event, hosted by the Golden Horseshoe Monthly Geocaching Club, includes a GPS 101 workshop, guided tours and a series of themed geocache hunts. It’s the perfect way to separate the kids from their Wii for a weekend. May 14 and 15. $6.50. Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr., 905-832-2289, trcaparks.ca.

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