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Weekend Roundup: June 1 to 3

Friday: Whoopi Goldberg doles out both humour and sentiment

Friday, June 1
Swift-witted and ever the straight shooter, Whoopi Goldberg graces Toronto with her presence as part of the Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series. Be prepared to laugh and maybe cry—the hilarious and heartwarming comedienne, talk show host, actress and activist promises an entertaining night.

Get ready for a burst of theatrical ingenuity as the InspiraTO Festival tonight kicks off its seventh season with a set of 10-minute miniplays. On until June 10, the event offers a “vision” with productions grouped by the subjects of passion, alertness, mystery and new voices.

Don’t miss a new and exclusive display of carefully curated photographic works at Susan Hobbs Gallery. The exhibition, entitled Exposure, features works by top contemporary artists including Scott Lyall, Arnaud Maggs, Althea Thauberger and more.

Saturday: Rocket and Sheshells are "Fools for Love" at the Toronto Festival of Clowns

Saturday, June 2
There’s more to clowning than whatever BoBo did at your chilhood birthday party; see the art of it all this weekend at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. On deck tonight are Fools for Love—a “romantic comedy in red-nose”—Saucisse: A Foo Musical and the Lunacy Cabaret, Toronto’s longest-running clown variety show.

The Piazza Italia Festival takes over Yonge-Dundas Square today as we celebrate the contributions of Italian culture to our civic fabric. The festivities include live music, special performances from TV and sports personalities, as well as pizza, espresso, gelato and nutella—now that’s la dolce vita!

Increasingly popular weekend mini market The Spot on Queen returns this weekend for another season of unique shopping. Apparel, accessories, stationary, household items, baked goods, art and vintage wares—all from up-and-coming vendors and artisans—are available at this temporary Queen West neighbourhood shopping centre.

Sunday: Playwright Ins Choi offers up ideas for the Script Tease Project (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Sunday, June 3
Get ready for a no-holds-barred script tease, as the daring trio Matt Bara, Naomi Snieckus and Ron Pederson read (and act out) a pre-determined script for the first time and improvise the remainder of the show. Presented by The National Theatre of the World, the Script Tease Project 2012 has been ongoing all week, and tonight offers its final two performances, with scripts by Ins Choi and John Murrell.

Today is your last chance to see Nightwood Theatre’s production of Stockholm at Tarragon Theatre. The North American premiere of British playwright Bryony Lavery’s acclaimed drama tells of a couple whose superficially perfect life becomes fraught with jealousy and deceit.

Join in on the (free!) conversations about video and mixed media at contemporary art hub The Power Plant.  Aritsts James Richards and Steve Reinke—respectively of London, England and Chicago—are known for pushing the boundaries on modern media culture, and are in town to discuss their recent collaborative work.

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