Radar: Architecture of the Community, the Balconies at the Supermarket, The Making of St. Jerome and East of Broadway at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, Light and Objecthood
GALLERY | Architecture of the Community
Eight emerging Canadian artists participate in this exhibition that examines "transformational approaches to architectural spaces and their impact on the community." So it's about like, um, people and places or something. Featuring works by talented multimedia sculptor Paul Aloisi and Jaclyn Meloche, whose previous projects include standing on a street corner in Brooklyn and making snowflakes with a hole puncher and a piece of white paper. Other artists include spatial constructionist Taliya Cohen, pop artist Derek Liddington, Alisdair MacRae and painters Pat Rice and Kurt Rosek.
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W., Wed-Sun 1 pm - 6 pm
THEATRE | The Making of St. Jerome
The Next Stage Theatre Festival, a Fringe-presented program of new works and remounts begins today. One of the plays getting the most buzz is The Making of St. Jerome, a Toronto-set work inspired by the fatal shooting of 17-year old Jeffrey Reodica by an undercover cop. The story follows the victim's brother on his quest to uncover the truth behind the boy's death, and his reaction when faced with some uncomfortable truths about his sibling. Directed by award-winning director Nina Lee Aquino. Runs til Jan. 17th.
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., $12-$15, Various times
MUSIC | The Balconies at the Supermarket
Ottawa pop-rock trio the Balconies are tipped to be one of the hottest bands on the indie circuit in the coming months, so it's a bit strange to see them playing a less-than-stellar venue like the Supermarket. Pretty sure they'll turn any place into a party though, and their frenetic dance tunes are definitely worth braving the sub-zero weather for.
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., PWYC, 10:30 pm
GALLERY | Light and Objecthood: Photography by Ryan Van Der Hout
This exhibition at the Ryerson Gallery distills photography down to its most basic elements: light, photo paper, and the photographer's vision. The result is wonderfully colourful abstract prints of absorbing shapes created out of nothing but light. Ryan Van Der Hout is a graduate of Ryerson and has had his work featured in New York, Toronto, and Montreal and has participated in Nuit Blanche. He's also got a published book of his photos under his belt, and it seems he's got a bright career ahead of him. Runs til Feb. 6th.
Ryerson Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave., Wed. - Sat. 12 pm - 5 pm
THEATRE | Just East of Broadway: A Musical
Also part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival, this performance is a remount of one of last summer's most popular Fringe plays. Directed by Dora-winner Jordan Merkur, the musical comedy tells the story of an ex-Hollywood star who goes to China to make a musical and ends up stuck in a Communist backwater directing a misfit cast of amateur actors. Sounds like a China-fied version of Waiting for Guffman. Runs til Jan. 17th.
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., $12-$15, Various Times
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