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Weekend Roundup: July 20 to 22

Friday: Speed-the-Plow satirizes the movie industry (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Friday, July 20
Expect cracking dialogue and fierce satire this evening as Soulpepper Theatre Company performs David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow. The play examines the lives of two American film producers while dissecting the relationship between art and commerce.

The Toronto Summer Music Festival returned earlier in the week and brought with it a full slate of concerts, master classes and lectures for classical music lovers. Tonight, the acclaimed Borodin Quartet presents Music of Russia, a program of string quartets by Russian composers, including Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

Once again the Harbourfront Centre becomes of a cultural smorgasbord of music, dance, international fare and more as the Hot & Spicy Food Festival occupies the downtown waterfront. The festival kicks it up a notch with exciting competitions like tonight’s Taco Takedown—where you decide which taco reigns supreme—and the annual Iron Chef competition, held over the weekend and concluding Sunday afternoon. (more…)

Hot Date: Backbeat and the Original Beatles

photo by Nobby Clark

JULY 21 TO SEPTEMBER 2 Relive the often-overlooked story of how five Liverpudlians went to Hamburg and soon after became the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Backbeat follows the original members of The Beatles and the fractious relationships that eventually turned the quintet—John, Paul and George, yes, but also Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe—into the Fab Four we know today. Complete with early classics like “Love Me Do,” “Twist and Shout” and “Long Tall Sally,” this musical is a must for any Beatles fan. Royal Alexandra Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $36 to $130; call 416-872-1212 or click here for further details.

Weekend Roundup: January 27 to 29

Friday: Get a dinner deal during Winterlicious (photo courtesy of Pangaea)

Friday, January 27
Start the weekend off with a Winterlicious meal as the citywide culinary extravaganza celebrates 10 years of tickling Torontonians’ taste buds. Approximately 175 restaurants are taking part; there are probably a few that aren’t entirely booked up this weekend.

Relive two of the most celebrated records of all time, as Classic Albums Live performs the Beatles’ seminal 1965/66 hits Rubber Soul and Revolver at Massey Hall.

See a real-life mother and son reenact their story of the culture clash between Indian heritage and Canadian lifestyle in Tarragon Theatre’s A Brimful of Asha. Follow Ravi on his trip to the motherland, where his parents decide it’s the perfect time to talk him into an arranged marriage. (more…)

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $25 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part I.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. The Mighty Wallet by Dynomighty Designs
Made from 100% recycled polyethylene fibres, the material is tear- and water-resistant. $16 at iAppeal (1109B Kensington Rd NW).

2. Copper Pendant
Handmade with etchings by local artist Marbella Carlos. $19 at Eleven:Eleven (233 – 10 St NW).

3. Make It Yourself Jump Rope by The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kit contains rubber bands to weave into a skipping rope. $10.95 at InGear.

4. Eclecto Notebooks
Handcrafted notebooks with pages from vintage magazines and books by Calgary designer Janine Vangool. $24 at Uppercase Gallery.

5. Honey Herbal Dog Shampoo Bar
Locally made with honey, beeswax, and pure essential oils. $4 at The BeeHive (311 – 10 St NW).

6. Vintage Garage Signs
Made from tin, with witty sayings and antique auto pics. $24.99 at Lift King’s Dream Garage, CrossIron Mills.

7. The Beatles’ Abbey Road Record
Ranked the 14th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. On this 1969 record you’ll find hits like “Come Together.” Price varies typically between $5 – $25 at Recordland (1208 – 9 Ave SE).

8. Polaroid Pins
Shrunken down Polaroid photographs of regional scenes by Calgary artist Stephen Murphy. $20 at Arts on Atlantic.