Radar: Shary Boyle at the AGO, Michael Barry book signing, Richard III, James Hansen on climate change, Dirty Projectors at the Opera House

GALLERY I Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood

The AGO hosts its first major exhibition featuring a Toronto-based artist since its Frank Gehry overhaul with Shary Boyle's Flesh and Blood. Boyle gets some pretty major treatment with this one: four rooms of the gallery's European collection have been emptied to accommodate 28 of her works that range from sculpture to projections. The recipient of last year's Gershon Iskowitz prize at the AGO -- which provided the exhibition -- Boyle had actually been working on the show for two years. Particularly interesting will be the juxtaposition of Boyle's miniatures with work from the old masters, which Boyle decided to draw into conversation with one another. There will be remarks at 6:30pm in Walker Court with Matthew Teitelbaum, Louise DĂŠry, David Moos, Michelle Jacques, Shary Boyle and Julian Schnabel.
AGO, 317 Dundas St. W, Free (on Wednesdays), 6pm

BOOK SIGNING I Michael Barry introduces Le Metier
Michael Barry is one of a select few Canadians who've ridden in the Tour de France. He's also quite an articulate guy, having previously published a book of reflections about life on the road with Lance Armstrong's powerhouse cycling team, U.S. Postal Service. Barry's a Torontonian, and some roadies will even remember him tagging along on the donut ride when he's in town. This should be a nice occasion for hardcore cyclists. Just don't ask him if he takes PEDs!
La Bicicletta, 1180 Castlefield Ave., Free, 7-10pm (capacity limited to around 100 people)

"Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this son of York; / And all the clouds that lowr'd upon our house / In the deep bosom of the ocean buried." So begins my favourite of Shakespeare's history plays (although some do consider it a tragedy). A great one to see -- rather than just read -- this would be a most excellent diversion from the silver screen.
Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle (U of T), $25 adults ($15 students and seniors), Sep. 15 - Oct. 2 Wed-Sat 8pm (with a Saturday matinee at 2pm)

LECTURE I James Hansen on Climate Reality
Also at U of T tonight is James Hansen, author of Storms of my Grandchildren, giving a talk about climate change, capitalism and the future. He'll be joined by Naomi Klein and the Indigenous Environmental Network's Tar Sands Campaigner, Mr. Clayton Thomas-Muller. This should be an engaging, if scary, evening of discussion.
MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building (North), 80 Queen's Park, $10 suggestion donation, 7-10pm

MUSIC I Dirty Projectors
Here's the blurb about their latest record: "Arguably their best, and certainly their most likeable and accessible record, Bitte Orca has received critical acclaim worldwide, notably scoring a 9.2 on Internet music site Pitchfork upon its release. Pitchfork eventually ranked Bitte Orca at number 2 on its 2009 'Best of' list, and 56 on its list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s. Unanimously adored by critics, the record even made it into the pages of TIME Magazine who listed the album as their Number 2 Album of 2009." So if you trust Pitchfork -- which I'll admit I often do -- you're in for a show. (Those of you who adore the band already know this is the case and probably already have tickets, so the above was not for you...).
Opera House, 735 Queen St. E, $24.50, Doors 8pm

Photo by rfmcdpei in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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