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The Railway Children

Weekend Roundup, May 13th to May 15th

Friday: See Diego Matamoros in The Aleph (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Friday, May 13
Get a glimpse into the mysteries of the underworld in The Aleph, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s version of Jorge Luis Borges’s 1945 short story. This thought-provoking adaptation is crafted by Canadian theatre artists Diego Matamoros, Daniel Brooks and Michael Levine.

The cycle of life—from Bar Mitzvah to death—is presented through Jewish musical-theatre songs in the world premiere of To Life, presented by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Filled with love and humour, this unique musical references Broadway hits such as Fiddler on the Roof and the work of Eddie Cantor.

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival continues this weekend with the opening of another of its many exhibitions—Kaid Ashton’s Exploration, on display at artsy West Queen West café, The Mascot.

Saturday: Usher offers a powerhouse performance (photo by Marco from Houston)

Saturday, May 14
Are you ready to burn? Multi-platinum artist Usher turns up the temperature at the Air Canada Centre tonight with his signature R&B hits such as “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “Burn.” The night starts off on the right note with a special guest set by Akon.

The competition heats up at BMO Field when Toronto FC takes on the Chicago Fire. Be sure to offer some extra applause for TFC forward Joao Plata, just voted MLS Player of the Week.

Ornithology enthusiasts are encouraged to flock to the Toronto Zoo for International Migratory Bird Day. Bring your binoculars and participate in guided bird-watching tours of the Rouge Valley, then check out the displays set up by bird-related organizations in the Conservation Connection Centre.

Sunday: See "Vicky" the steam train, one of the stars of The Railway Children

Sunday, May 15
Catch the train as the newly built Roundhouse Theatre opens its doors this morning. Visitors to this 300,000-square-foot venue that houses The Railway Children can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the unique stage design, see the production’s vintage steam train up close, ride a miniature locomotive, and discover the heritage trains within Roundhouse Park.

In the thrilling conclusion to the National Lacrosse League’s season, the Toronto Rock challenge the Washington Stealth for the 2011 Champion’s Cup at the Air Canada Centre. Last season, Washington defeated Toronto to win their first cup in franchise history. This time around, the Rock and their fans are certain to be hungry for revenge!

Enjoy a spirited show by the Esprit Orchestra—featuring violinist Marie Bérard—this evening at Keorner Hall. The program includes a world premiere performance of composer Chris Harman’s latest work.

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.

Hot Date: The Railway Children Offers Dramatic Train-ing

Photo by Simon Annand

OPENS MAY 3 Theatre lovers are encouraged to gear up for an unprecedented experience as The Railway Children chugs into Toronto. Staged inside a historic train depot at the base of the CN Tower—and featuring an 85-ton vintage steam locomotive from England—the play tells the story
of three children, born into privilege, who are reduced to poverty following their father’s unjust imprisonment. The Roundhouse Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $25 to $140; call 416-872-1212 or click here to buy.