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Weekend Roundup: January 6-8

Friday: Demar DeRozan looks to lead the Raptors to a third straight victory

Friday, January 6
The NBA lockout finally concluded on Christmas day, the shortened basketball season is starting to pick up and our hometown Raptors are on a two-game winning streak. Cheer them on tonight as they take on the New Jersey Nets (including former “Mr. Kardishian” Kris Humphries) at the Air Canada Centre.

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is back for another year at Factory Theatre. The festival’s first weekend features top independent stage shows including The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go! and Living with Henry.

Drama meets punk rock as Broadway smash American Idiot continues its short-term run at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Featuring tunes such as “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” from Green Day’s Grammy-winning album, this contemporary musical is not to be missed.

Saturday: Max Dean's photos, like Hand Sewing (Not Yours), offer a visual archive of personal objects

Saturday, January 7
See how artist Max Dean reveals the emotional and psychological dimensions of objects in his photographic series and installation now on display at Nicholas Metivier Gallery.

The Natrel Rink or a bumpin’ club? Who can tell the difference? Grab your skates and head to Harbourfront Centre for your very own party on ice—the venue’s Saturday DJ Skate Night allows you to swish around the outdoor rink while enjoying fusion of tunes courtesy of some of Toronto’s best DJs.

Rewind more than 1,000 years and delve into the history of the mysterious Maya civilization in the Royal Ontario Museum‘s Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World exhibition. Explore extremely rare artifacts, decipher the Mayan writing system and learn about their rituals. And don’t forget to uncover the Maya 2012 end-of-days legend.

Sunday: The Gardiner Museum offers one last peek into the Tsars' Cabinet (photo by Giovanni Lundardi Photography)

Sunday, January 8
Follow the histories and luxurious lives of the Russian Tsars—including Peter the Great and Nicholas II—and their families at the Gardiner Museum. Its exhibition, The Tsar’s Cabinet, features more than 200 examples of Romanov-era decorative arts. But act fast! Today is your last days to see this intricately crafted artifacts.

Just because you can’t really ride motorcycles in the Canadian winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy them. The North American International Motorcycle Supershow wraps up today with more than 1,000 bikes and 500 exhibitors at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Calling all brides-to-be. Get rid of some of that wedding-planning stress at Canada’s Bridal Show. With a plethora of vendors under one roof, you can find your flowers, choose your decor and select a photographer all in the same day.


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