Weekend In T-Dot
Jul 03, 2015
Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror for Today
The pop-art iconoclast Andy Warhol, who has had Campbell Soup cans attached to him as if his legacy were a marriage getaway car, is celebrated with a massive exhibition of original prints and paintings, originating from Revolver Gallery in Beverly Hills. “Isn’t life,” Mr. Warhol once asked, “a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?” The man’s Triple Elvisportrait recently sold for $81.9-million (U.S.), and the $69.6-million for the quadruple-Brando Four Marlons was not an offer to be refused. Proof, if it were needed, that in the art world there is no business like repeat business.
To Dec. 31. $5 to $10. 77 Bloor St. W., warholrevisited.com.
Extra, extra, they sing all about it. With a story ripped from the front pages – a strike by New York newsboys in 1899 – this Broadway musical based on a 1992 Disney film delivers little-guy sentiments and high-energy hoofing. Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein wrote the libretto to Newsies, just as he did with Kinky Boots (currently kicking up a fuss at the Royal Alexandra Theatre). If you enjoyed the underdog brio and serotonin boost of the latter, the former will likely fit you just as well.
Wednesday to Aug. 30. $35 to $130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com
FOR THE KIDS
Sure, Count Dracula is excellent at what he does, but it needs to be said that some vampires suck more than others. To that end, the premise behind this interactive, comedic stage show for kids aged 4 to 13 involves a group of subpar ghouls at a remedial camp for monsters. They sing, they dance, they probably have retainers on their fangs, and it would certainly be within their rights to tell spooky campfire stories about bratty, smudgy, s’more-snacking children, because no type is scarier.
To Sept. 3 (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.). $14 (family pass, $45). Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011 or secondcity.com.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Although in the new biopic Love & Mercy the Beach Boys maestro is portrayed by two actors, it is generally agreed upon that there is but one Brian Wilson. Previous visits here were with Jeff Beck (in 2013) and the Beach Boys (in 2012), but on this tour the Pet Sounds architect has the spotlight to himself, albeit with support from players that include Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, two musicians comfortable with sand between their toes. And if his latest album is titled No Pier Pressure, Mr. Wilson won’t deny his fans their surfboard-based Fun, Fun, Fun.
Saturday, 7 p.m. $91.25 to $111.50. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Summer Music in the Garden
Don’t be shy – say cello to one of the finest al fresco music venues in the city. The summer series at Toronto Music Garden covers 17 concerts, held on Sunday afternoons (4 p.m.) and Thursday evenings (7 p.m.). This weekend finds Elinor Frey exploring the five-string cello’s versatility and distinct tones through works by Bach and newly commissioned pieces by Canadian composers; Thursday’s performance comes from Calum Graham, an unusually talented finger-picking guitarist.
To Sept. 13. Free. 479 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com