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Weekend Roundup: February 3 to 5

Friday: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performs Revelations and more (photo by Christopher Duggan)

Friday, February 3
Witness the legacy of one of the world’s finest choreographers in action when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater visits the Sony Centre to perform some of Ailey’s best-loved modern dance pieces, including Revelations.

Explore the movement, folklore and theatrical traditions of Africa with COBA, the Collective of Black Artists, when the group brings traditional dances from Guinea and Senegal to Harbourfront Centre this weekend.

Embrace African culture even more broadly at Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festival, which celebrates Black History Month. All manner of family-friendly activities are on offer—from film screenings and dance performances to a fashion workshop and drum exhibit.

Saturday: Chicago brings that old time rock 'n' roll to Massey Hall

Saturday, February 4
Veteran rock ‘n’ rollers Chicago have an impressive track record: 50 hit songs, 18 gold records, a Grammy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See why the remain popular when they bring their winning tunes to Massey Hall tonight.

What’s in a name? Experience the bone-crunching, whirling dervish of excitement as the new Toronto Roller Derby season opens in The Bunker at Downsview Park with headliners Chicks Ahoy! and Gore-Gore Rollergirls.

Make The Festival of Original Theatre your stage-centric destination this weekend, as the U of T Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies hits the books with international keynote speakers, thought-provoking performances and educational workshops.

Sunday: It's a pigskin celebration at Sound Academy (photo by Kungfubonanza)

Sunday, February 5
Not just any given Sunday: celebrate the SuperBowl with an NFL-approved party at the Sound Academy, replete with multiple HD screens, live music, cheerleaders and a taste of NFL tailgating.

The U of T New Music Festival closes with a bang as TorQ Percussion Ensemble takes the Walter Hall stage for a concert of world premieres sure to get your musical heart pounding.

Saunter down to the Al Green Theater for Syncopation: Life in the Key of Black, an evening of flapper-worthy music and dance celebrating the heyday of jazz and Black Canadian musicians from the 1930s to ‘50s.

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