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Weekend Roundup, May 6th to May 8th

Friday: Get acquainted with The Railway Children (photo by Simon Annand)

Friday, May 6
All aboard! Start off the weekend by catching newly opened play The Railway Children. This stage story follows of three children reduced to poverty who try to make the most of their new circumstances. Taking place at the Roundhouse Theatre—built near a historic train depot near Union Station—the set features an 85-ton vintage steam locomotive from England.

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, head to the Tequila and More: Spirits and Cocktails Show, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, to learn what tequila is all about. Starting at 4 p.m. and continuing through the evening, the event features live Latin jazz, tequila and mescal tastings, cocktail mixology competitions and more

Taking cues from two works based on the myth of Orpheus, Toronto Masque Theatre presents the Masques of Orpheus tonight at Enwave Theatre. In keeping with the troupe’s “arts in fusion” motto, the classic French La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers by Charpentier will be performed alongside Orpheus and Eurydice by Canadians James Rolfe and Andre Alexis.

Saturday: See science in action

Saturday, May 7
There’s a whole lot of learning goin’ on today, as the nationwide Science Rendezvous takes place, and includes activities and events across the Greater Toronto Area. Ryerson University offers exciting demonstrations in chemistry; the University of Toronto has hands-on activities with top researchers; and the Ontario Science Centre features a special presentation: 50 years of Human Spaceflight—Past, Present and Future.

Raise your glass and kick off the week-long Salut Toronto Wine & Food Festival. Fun and educational, the festival features unique events (through to May 14th) with leading chefs, winemakers and food producers on hand. Today, the Global Pinot—Chasing the Heartbreak Grape event offers an afternoon wine tasting with certified wine experts from Reds Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s now or never! Bullet for Adolf, written and directed by Woody Harrelson, takes the stage one last time at the University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

Sunday: Take Mother's Day tea at Spadina Museum

Sunday, May 8
Celebrate this Mother’s Day with a handful of fun events taking place throughout the city. Among them, Black Creek Pioneer Village offers two options for Mother’s Day within its family-friendly historical heritage village: a buffet brunch or afternoon tea. Similarly, visitors to the recently restored Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens are invited to partake in an afternoon cream tea plus tour. At the Toronto Zoo, take mom to meet other mothers like Ngzoi the gorilla, Polly the baboon and Mya the cheetah.

Perfect for families, the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is performed as an interactive musical at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre—today, and on weekends during May.

At various venues through to May 15th, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival screens 118 films from 21 countries that reflect aspects of Jewish identity and diversity. Three of this year’s top films highlight the “Three Lennys”: Lenny Bruce, Leonard Bernstein,and Leonard Cohen.

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