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Today in Toronto: La Belle et la Bête and Irvine Welsh

La Belle et la Bête The tale of a beauty who falls for a beast is infinitely more interesting when framed as a love triangle consisting of a young artist, a disfigured shut-in and a much older witch (played by Diane D’Aquila, no less). And the show is certainly more fascinating when amped up by the tech wizards behind Montreal’s Lemieux Pilon 4D Art (two words: hologram horses). $49–$99. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-366-7723, luminato.com.

Irvine Welsh The Scottish author and ex-punk hits town for two appearances. At Luminato, he launches Skagboys, a prequel to his 1993 novel Trainspotting. Then, as part of NXNE, Welsh presents Ecstasy, the Toronto-shot film adaptation of his book of the same name. $20. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-368-4849, luminato.com.

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Today in Toronto: Nicole Krauss and Luminato and TIFF Go to the Movies

Nicole Krauss Nicole Krauss is one half of literature’s golden couple—her husband is Everything is Illuminated scribe Jonathan Safran Foer. But Krauss is a luminary in her own right: her 2005 novel The History of Love was a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her most recent effort, Great House—about the secrets held within a desk that passes through several owners—was shortlisted for the National Book Award. Here, audiences will get the chance to hear the writer read her newest short story, “A Garden is an Arrangement of Light.” June 11. $20. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., luminato.com.

Luminato and TIFF Go to the Movies In honour of Luminato, the Lightbox has scheduled a sensational slate of films to complement the festival’s programming. The first batch of movies is centred around Robert Lepage (whose show Playing Cards 1: Spades debuts at the festival)—these include movies starring, directed by and about the theatrical visionary. Later in the week, there will be a screening of Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You, a filmed concert in honour of folk singer (and Rufus Wainwright’s mom) Kate McGarrigle. Other films being screened include Jean Cocteau’s dreamy 1945 adaptation of La Belle et la Bête, Robert Wiene’s classic silent horror film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari and a number of films scored by festival honoree Philip Glass. June 11 to 17. $5. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., luminato.com.

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Luminato 2012 guide: 20 must-see events at this year’s arts festival

Einstein on the Beach (Image: courtesy of Luminato)

Luminato begins this Friday, and it can be a bit of a whirlwind. Everything from a Philip Glass opera about Einstein’s life to a gigantic food festival are on the card from June 8 to June 17, so both mind and body will be nourished. There’s even a huge cast of international guests coming through Toronto, like New York artist Terence Koh and New Yorker editor Deborah Treisman. But there’s so much to do, and we couldn’t possibly see everything, so we’ve created an easy-to-use guide that lists all of Luminato’s best bets.

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The Flaming Lips, Bran Van 3000, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah and more to play NXNE

The roster for this year’s North by Northeast music and film festival is already shaping up nicely, with free Yonge and Dundas Square concerts announced for The Flaming Lips, Bad Religion, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good. Other confirmed guests include Of Montreal, The Men, 2:54, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Art vs. Science and more, and there’s even a gala presentation of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy on June 14 at The Royal (Welsh himself will be in attendance). Those hoping to put off sleep to experience waiting in lines and listen to some good old-fashioned tunes can now buy tickets and wristbands.

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