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Rock ‘n’ Roll

Weekend Roundup, October 23rd to 25th

This weekend is packed with plenty of opportunities to celebrate the city!

Friday: Catch a screening at the Planet in Focus Film Festival.

Friday: Catch a Planet in Focus film festival screening.

Friday, October 23rd
At the Planet in Focus film festival, become a Toronto architecture maven by watching Time—a four-minute time-lapse video of the city’s building-design history—and Toronto2020, about the vision of Hogtown 10 years from now.

Indulge in chocolate drinks, fountains, desserts and other chocolate-infused foods at The Chocolate Ball, the gala event of Chocolate Fest.

Gasp in horror as a train of cheery passengers goes off the rails in Runaway, a short in the Animation Feast screening for the National Film Board’s Get Animated!, a series of animation films, workshops and activities that launches today.

Saturday: Relive a revolution through song with Rock 'n' Roll.

Saturday: Relive a revolution through song with Rock 'n' Roll.

Saturday, October 24th

Catch the Canadian Stage Company’s final performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll to see how the music of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and their ilk influenced the crumbling of communism in Czechoslovakia.

Carve a pumpkin, hunt for treasure and collect treats at the family-friendly Halloween Festival in Bloor West Village.

Tie colourful streamers in your hair and join gigantic puppets, fire spinners, stilt walkers and other revelry-makers in Clay & Paper Theatre‘s Day of Dread parade, inspired by traditional death festivals around the world.

Sunday: View this untitled Geoffrey Pugen image at Angell Gallery's TIAF booth, then visit dozens of other participating galleries.

Sunday: View this untitled Geoffrey Pugen image at Angell Gallery's TIAF booth, then visit dozens of other participating galleries.

Sunday, October 25th
Browse through unretouched prints by “anti-Photoshop photographer” ilexi at popular independent fashion and art market Portobello East.

Walk with river enthusiasts dressed in blue to create a Human River along the route Garrison Creek, a lost waterway that long ago flowed through Toronto and helped define its landscape.

Peruse contemporary works from Stephen Bulger Gallery, Angell Gallery, Ingram Gallery and other renowned showrooms at this city’s annual one-stop art shop—the Toronto International Art Fair.

Curtains Up: On Stage in October

Stages across the city light up again for a new season of award-winning productions, hum-along musicals, reflective dramas and a parade of Canadian talent.
—By Danielle Milley

The cast of <i>The Boys in the Photograph</i><br>photo by Bruce MonkPOLITICAL DRAMA
ON NOW Held over from the 2008-09 season, Mirvish Productions’ acclaimed musical The Boys in the Photograph finally has a home in Toronto. This reworked piece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton is a coming-of-age story set in Belfast during the late 1960s and early 1970s at the beginning of a 30-year civil war. An all-Canadian cast brings to life the conflict of religious prejudice and how a unisex soccer team copes with strenuous circumstances, struggling to find peace and freedom through love. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $26 to $110; call 416-872-1212 or click here to purchase.

ON NOW After an attention-grabbing run in the U.K., True Love Lies makes its North American premiere. Originally developed in a workshop, the powerful piece kicks off Factory Theatre’s 40th-anniversary season. Writer Brad Fraser, one of the country’s best known playwrights, also directs the gritty, funny and poignant story about a modern Canadian family and the secrets that can tear one apart. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $15 to $35; call 416-504-9971 or navigate here to order tickets.