Scientists recently determined that human beings spent .02 per cent of their lives waiting on Lauryn Hill, whether on the former Fugee making it to the stage at the appointed time or on the arrival of a new album. On the latter, it’s been 18 years since the American singer released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a personal and political statement told through excellent hip-hop and neo-soul expressions. As for Ms. Hill’s concert-night tardiness, more often than not she is worth the wait.
Sept. 15 and 16, 8 p.m. $51 to $127. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video
Bizarrely, there are still naysayers and non-believers when it comes to climate change. But if a picture is worth 1,000 words, the evidence is in. This collection gathers recent and historic work by a range of groundbreaking international artists, with photojournalism from the Ryerson Image Centre’s acclaimed Black Star Collection included. The work is both thoughtful and confrontational, and with it the heat is turned up that much more.
Sept. 14 to Dec. 4 (fall exhibitions opening reception, Sept. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.). Free. Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164 or ryerson.ca/ric.
Edmund de Waal: Rhythm in White
As English potter Edmund de Waal explains it, he makes small vessels in porcelain. He makes them quickly; they are glazed in white. There are cadences and repeated sequences, and there is congestion and there is release. The lobby display at the Gardiner Museum is given over to his works from two private collections, including a series of “cargo” vessels that were inspired by historical cargoes of porcelain shipped in vast numbers to Europe from China and Japan.
Sept. 9 to Jan. 4. $9 to $15 (under 18, free). Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, 416-586-8080 or gardinermuseum.on.ca.
Kill Your Parents in Viking, Alberta
Though the title of this darkly comic drama should never be confused for a tourism slogan, three siblings do journey to the small town, if only for the purpose of signing the will of their recently deceased grandmother. It’s the middle of a ruthless snowstorm, the siblings are estranged, and you know what they say about flakes – none are exactly alike. The premiere of the play unites Vancouver’s Blood Pact Theatre with Toronto’s Storefront Theatre in a bicoastal indie-company fandango.
Sept. 9 to 25. $25. Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St. W., 416-531-1117 or thestorefronttheatre.com.
Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival is underground – underground when it comes to status and publicity, and underground when it comes to being, you know, under the ground. North America’s largest subway film festival turns 10 years old, which mark a decade of films shown on platform screens throughout the subterranean transit system. It’s a neck-craning commuter tradition, with a schedule of silent one-minute films coming to a stop near you.
Sept. 10 to 18, torontourbanfilmfestival.com.Report Typo/Error