Radar: MADGlee, The Soldier's Tale, Return to El Salvador, Toronto Firefighters Calendar Competition, Manhunt Toronto
THEATRE | MADGlee
Imagine if in between singing showtunes and being generally adorable, Rachel Barry walked around drinking Scotch and trying to market Kodak film to upstate New Yorkers. That (I assume) is the general idea behind MADGlee, a theatrical mashup devised by the Queen's Players of Toronto that combines TV megahits Glee and Mad Men into a glorious mess of school spirit and sexual deviancy. The Queen's Players are old hands at sewing together different threads of pop culture, having already staged such Frankensteins as Arrested Housewives, Old School and the City, and of course, Count Chocula's Breakfast Club. All proceeds of the show will go to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Advance tickets sold out days ago but a small group of rush tickets will be available for cash only.
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, $20, 7:30 pm
FILM | Return to El Salvador
Twenty years ago the attention of the world was on El Salvador, a small Central American country in the grips of a civil war that had global implications to Cold War international politics. Since the official end of hostilities 17 years ago, El Salvador has slipped from the public consciousness particularly in the United States, despite the fact that the American government played an active role in hostilities. New Jersey-born director Jamie Moffett's second feature documentary Return to El Salvador is a portrait of a country still struggling with the after effects of decades of war, and aims to put the country firmly out front in the public eye again. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film features interviews with former American ambassador Robert White. Runs til Tuesday.
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, $8, Thursday 7:30 pm, Friday 9 pm, Sunday 4 pm, Monday and Tuesday 7 pm
THEATRE | Open Corps Theatre presents The Soldier's Tale
Casa Loma, which we recently reported is facing an uncertain future, plays host to this site-specific performance of the classic Igor Stravinksy piece the Soldier's Tale. The play was written nearly a hundred years ago as a modern folktale and is the story of a soldier who meets the devil on his way home from the war and decides to trade his old fiddle for a vast fortune. As these things tend to do, the deal goes awry and the soldier is forced to wander the world in search of redemption. Open Corp Theatre's production has been modernized and serves as examination of Canada's own military history on the eve of the G20 summit. Runs til June 27.
Casa Loma Stables, 1 Austin Terrace, $15 for students and arts workers, $20 general admission, 8 pm
CHARITY | Toronto Firefighters Calendar Competition
Ogle shirtless men for charity tonight at the Princess Margaret Hospital's annual Firefighters Calendar Competition. The only thing that makes this hunkfest more respectable than a wet t-shirt contest is that these walking slabs of sex spend most of their time saving lives and putting out fires. Nalini Sharma, Mika Midolo and Pooja Handa from CP24 will be serving as judges, choosing which firepole jockeys will be in next year's calendar, and former E! Television personality Jason Ruta will be playing host. All proceeds go to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
XS Nightclub, 261 Richmond Street West, $30, 8 pm
URBAN SPORTS | Manhunt Toronto
Toronto's streets will be turned into a giant playground tonight for the latest instalment of Manhunt, the urban hide and seek game for adults. The game starts with one person being designated as the Manhunter, and all other participants have 120 seconds to hide. Each gamer the Manhunter tags joins his side, and whoever hasn't been tagged at the end of the game are declared the winners. The game takes place using intersections as boundaries, and you can forget any thoughts of blending into the crowd; each participant has to wear a highly visible armband. A great way to relive the fun of grade 4 recess.
Yonge and Sheppard, Free, 8:30 pm
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