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The Weekender: Onegin, Canada Blooms and six other events on our to-do list

The Fantasticks, Canada Blooms and Miss Lasko Gross at Graphic Details

1. CANADA BLOOMS
Walking through the grounds of this huge flower-focused festival is like bypassing the last weekend of winter and all of spring and jumping right into summer. We’ll be hanging out in the six acres of fully blooming gardens, pretending it’s July. With lectures, demonstrations and even gardens curated or inspired by Juno-winning artists like Ben Heppner and Jully Black. To March 20. $18. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes Blvd., 416-263-3322, canadablooms.com.

2. MONTPARNASSE
A hit at 2009’s SummerWorks festival, this remount is racy and thought provoking at the same time. Set in 1920s Paris, it follows two Canadian expats living in the titular ’hood and working as nude models: one’s the archetypal libertine; the other decidedly more self-conscious. But that’s where any dependence on formula ends. Writers Maev Beatty and Erin Shields, who also play the two women, chip away at the audience’s assumptions about each character at every turn. March 17 to April 2. $15–$35. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529, artsboxoffice.ca.

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The one thing you should see this week: a ballet about a bad boy who gets his comeuppance

Aleksandar Antonijevic and Sonia Rodriguez in Onegin (Image: Bruce Zinger)

This week’s pick: Onegin

It’s a tale as old as time. Good girl falls for bad boy, bad boy works his way through a laundry list of caddish manoeuvres—mocks good girl’s affections, flirts with her sister, kills the sister’s fiancé in a duel (you know, the usual)—before realizing the error of his ways.

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