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Weekend Roundup: February 17 to 19

Friday: Only a few shows remain for Cruel and Tender (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Friday, February 17
Don’t miss one of your final opportunities to see Atom Egoyan’s return to his theatre roots as he directs his wife, Arsinee Khanjian, in Martin Crimp’s tour-de-force Cruel and Tender. This drama, which contrasts private battles and public wars, is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre until February 18.

Independent music showcase Wavelength celebrates its 12th anniversary with a four-night extravaganza of the newest and brightest in pop, rock and electronic music. Tonight’s lineup features Toronto’s own critically lauded hardcore band F*cked Up.

Virtuosic pianist Leon Fleisher commands the attention of the audience at Koerner Hall, as he and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform a bold selection of works by such masters as Ravel, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Bonus Pick! Make your way to Indigo’s Manulife Centre location tonight to hear newly minted Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan discuss her acclaimed novel, Half-Blood Blues, with the Globe and Mail‘s Sandra Martin.

Saturday: Love from Afar offers operatic majesty

Saturday, February 18
The clock is winding down on the Canadian Opera Company’s stunning production of Kaija Saariaho’s Love from Afar. Enjoy a post-Valentine’s swoon with the story of a medieval troubadour who travels across the globe to meet his beloved. But hurry: The Four Seasons Centre curtain comes down on this production on February 22.

One of the most famous orchestral compositions of all time, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, fills Roy Thomson Hall tonight, as part of a Toronto Symphony Orchestra program that includes the brass-heavy Swan of Tuonela and prodigal violinist Sarah Cheng, who tackles a composition by Shostakovich.

In anticipation of the Family Day holiday (February 20), the Royal Ontario Museum has you and your little ones covered with all-ages-approved activities, including a chocolate workshop, Mayan-inspired crafts, a mobile-app-powered scavenger hunt, and educational films.

Sunday: The Blue Dragon takes a bow (photo by Erick Labbe)

Sunday, February 19
Today marks your last chance to see Robert Lepage’s lauded play, The Blue Dragon. Don’t miss this tale about about a Canadian ex-pat in Shanghai divided between two women—one Western, one Asian—and a fitting end to Valentine’s week, before it leaves the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Head to Harbourfront Centre for an old-fashioned shadow puppet show—re-conceived. Everything Under the Moon pairs visual artist Shary Boyle‘s hand-animated projections and Christine Fellows‘s narrative songs to tell the story of two small winged creatures trying to save themselves.

Buddies in Bad Time Theatre presents the final day of its Rhubarb Festival, a showcase of experimental performance, dance and art. Be sure to catch afternoon Sunday Socials, and stick around for a night full of groundbreaking artistry.

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