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Weekend Roundup: February 10 to 12

Friday: War Horse gallops on to the stage (photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg)

Friday, February 10
Mirvish Productions sounds the charge tonight as the highly anticipated play War Horse begins its run at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Follow the touching story of Joey, a horse sold to the British cavalry at the outbreak of World War One, and the lengths to which his young friend Albert goes to bring home his beloved stallion.

Juno Award-winning musician Dallas Green, better know as City and Colour, kicked off his cross-Canada tour in January; he makes a stop at Massey Hall this evening to perform tracks from his latest album, Little Hell.

Treat yourself to Cantabile: An Evening of Live Italian Music at the Enwave Theatre, where the Art of Time Ensemble offers up a range of music, including familiar classics by Verdi and Puccini, as well as popular songs by Lucio Battisti. 

Saturday: In the Heights continues at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (photo by John Daughtry)

Saturday, February 11
The story of a Latino neighbourhood in Manhattan’s Washington Heights district unfolds in the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, now enjoying a limited-time engagement at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Featuring Latin music mixed with hip-hop beats, it’s sure to have audiences dancing in their seats.

The Arabesque Dance Company brings 17 Middle Eastern dancers, accompanied by a live Arabian orchestra, to shake and shimmy in Jamra, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s popular NextSteps dance series.

Get ready for some comedy, theatrics and, well, basketball, this weekend when the Harlem Globetrotters slam dunk their way to the Rogers Centre. The famed squad, whose lineup now includes the first female Globetrotter in a generation, plus the world’s tallest pro ball player, offers a supremely enjoyable antidote to the grind of the NBA season.

Sunday: Potted Potter skewers the Hogwarts experience on stage

Sunday, February 12
This afternoon conjures some laughter courtesy of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience at the Panasonic Theatre. Regardless of whether you’ve read the seven Harry Potter books, this comedic stage show condenses the wizarding world of Hogwarts into a madcap 70 minutes that the whole family will love.

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a series of short and sassy romantic on-stage comedies, including a story of a dejected Cupid who has no arrows left to sling, in No Sweetheart Required, a Cabbagetown Theatre Company presentation for those with and without sweethearts.

Learn to live greener with clever, functional products made from recycled and raw materials in Stephen Burks‘ Man Made Toronto exhibition at the Design Exchange. As an added bonus, attend the Man Made At Work workshop with the designer himself and experiment with creating using found and repurposed items.

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