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Weekend Roundup: March 23 to 25

Friday: Tracy Morgan brings the funny

Friday, March 23
For one night only (tonight, obviously), Tracy Morgan brings his slightly off-base brand of comedy to the Sony Centre. Edgy laughs come fast and furious as the 30 Rock and former Saturday Night Live cast member presents his stand-up act as part of the Canadian International Comedy Festival.

Contemporary art gallery The Power Plant kicks off its 25th-anniversary celebrations tonight with the opening of two exhibitions, Kerry Tribe’s Speak, Memory, and Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant, the latter of which offers a retrospective of the gallery’s past quarter-century.

Legendary axeman John Hammond sings (and plays) the blues this evening in Toronto. After five decades on the road—he’s performed with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton—and more than 30 albums under his belt, Hammond settles in at Hugh’s Room to play selections from his latest release, Rough and Tough.

Saturday: See this Lucian Freud self-portrait and other works at Mira Godard Gallery

Saturday, March 24
Toast Mira Godard Gallery‘s 50th anniversary at its exhibition of new and rarely seen self-portraits by many of its acclaimed artists. The display, which opens today, offers art lovers the opportunity to come “face to face” with the likes of Lucian Freud, Joe Fafard, Mary Pratt and others.

Head to Factory Theatre as Cahoots Theatre Company presents the world premiere of SIA, by emerging playwright Matthew MacKenzie. The riveting drama uses a hostage taking amidst a war-crimes trial at the International Criminal Court to examine Western misconceptions of Africa and that continent’s hard truths.

Enjoy a musical taste of Russia as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs great works by renowned 19th-century composers from that proud country. Conductor Nathan Brock leads the ensemble in six pieces—including works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff—while dynamic cellist Joshua Roman sits in for Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. A matinee performance is also scheduled for Sunday.

Sunday: See the National Ballet of Canada's The Seagull (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Sunday, March 25
It’s your last chance to flock to the Four Seasons Centre to see the National Ballet of Canada‘s interpretation of The Seagull. Based on the Anton Chekov play, John Neumeier’s compelling adaptation sets the struggles of art and love to beautiful movement, plus music by the likes of Shostakovich and Scriabin.

Patrons of the performing arts ought to be falling over each other to attend The Theatre Centre’s biennial Free Fall festival. Continuing through to March 31, the event showcases theatre, new media, online performance, installation and much more. Don’t miss Jonathan Goldsbie’s Route 501 Revisited, which offers a tour of Toronto’s 501 Queen streetcar based on passengers’ tweets.

Today is also your final opportunity to check out the Canada Blooms flower and garden festival. Wander through the gardens to see the different floral arrangements and horticultural highlights—and pick up some tips on how to improve your green thumb, too! Various plants and gardening tools are also on sale, so get to Exhibition Place, then get home and start planting!


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