ART & MUSEUMS
With all due respect to Bill Haley and his Comets, no one rocks around the clock quite like the sound and video artist Christian Marclay, who brings his precisely edited 24-hour jumble of visual material, classic films, forgotten mediocrities and television shows to the Power Plant. The film runs on a continual loop, never stopping. Ask Mr. Marclay what time it is, and he just never shuts up. To Nov. 25. Free. 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949.
Jeffrey Milstein: Aircraft
The air show continues, sort of. Those who loved the high-powered machines involved with the CNE’s soaring spectacle a couple of weekends ago may wish to check out super-sized prints of jets flying directly overhead. They’ll blow your your hair back. To Sept. 22. Free. Bau-Xi Photo, 340 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-977-0600.
This is an alt-country singer-songwriter who observes, feels, does not judge, and relays what she finds – “not good at keeping secrets,” she even admits. With a voice high, strong and bittersweet, the affecting Nova Scotian on her new album Sleeping With a Stranger sings of searches, vulnerability and the concept of home. Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m. Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W., 416-703-0811.
His thing is Somebody That I Used to Know, a melancholic, ubiquitously covered duet that recalls the tense-pop style and the straining vocal manner of Peter Gabriel or Sting. Of course, if he turns out to be a one-hit wonder, the Beligian-Australian singer-songwriter will himself become somebody with which we were once acquainted. Sept.20, 7:30 p.m. $40.50 to $80.50. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000.
Julie Sits Waiting
An electroacoustic opera offers violence, death and love at first sight. Behind the piece (about a police officer’s wife and an Anglican priest) is playwright Tom Walmsley and Montreal composer Louis Dufort. To Sept. 23, $30 to $40. Theatre Passe Muraille’s BackSpace, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.
On the eve of his release from prison, a young Ghanaian confesses his life story to a cellmate. The solo play, which is danced and acted by its writer Tawiah M’carthy, began life as a poem before going through several format changes on the festival circuit. Sept. 20 to Oct. 7 (now in previews). $20 to $37. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555.
Between the Sheets
A parent-teacher interview turns confrontational in a new drama from one-to-watch playwright Jordi Mand. Susan Coyne and Christine Horne star in the heavy Nightwood Theatre production. Sept. 20 to Oct. 7 (previews begin Sept. 18). $13 to $40. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827.
The third in a trilogy of dramas about Canadian societal virtues, Michael Healey’s controversial satire concerns a domineering prime minister. Who said Stephen Harper? Certainly not us. No way. Sept. 22 to Oct. 6 (previews begin Sept. 20). $25 to $40. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110.
The Queen West Project
As part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Theatre Beyond Walls program, dancers take headphone-wearing audience members on an audio tour and immersive Queen Street scoundscape experience that sees choreography take shape incrementally as instructions are given – step by step, as it were. To Sept. 23. $25 to $30 (tickets and instructions on location available by phone). 416-504-7529.
Cabbagetown Tour of Homes
The annual shaded-street stroll of homes features eight unique interiors, ranging from carefully restored and decorated noble Victorians to the functional minimalism of a worker’s cottage. Sept. 16, noon to 4 p.m. $30. 416) 921-0857 or cabbagetownpa.ca.
Bicycle Music Festival
Time to put the pedal to the medal. Actually, the music program for this third annual festival isn’t medal at all, but a colourful array of talent, including the elegant, haunting folk of Snowblink and the sublime electro-pop and roots music of Rae Spoon. The sound system is charged by pedal-powered generators. Sept. 15, 2 p.m. to sunset. PWYC. Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Blvd. W., torontobicyclemusicfestival.com.
Abilities Arts Festival: MIX
Is that a prosthesis in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Within the Abilities Arts Festival (Sept. 20 to Oct. 11), a three-day schedule offers films that are either by or about artists with disabilities, with one series dedicated to frank and shameless shorts that prove physical or mental impairments are no barriers to a hotsy-totsy sex life. Sept. 21 to 23. $8. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St., 416-593-9475.
Only an ironically unfunny comedian would refer to himself as “America’s Funnyman.” The rumpled misanthrope Neil Hamburger, a persona roughly comparable to Andy Kaufman’s Tony Clifton character, does fascinating schtick. Sept. 15, 10:30 p.m. $13 to $15. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 416-551-6540.
The professional proud Canadian and satirical ranter celebrates the release of his new book. It is titled, as you might have guessed, A Nation Worth Ranting About. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. $25 to $75. Princess of Wales, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212.
Just For Laughs
Forty-two shows over eight days covers a lot of comic ground, including the pop-culture-loving atheist Patton Oswalt, Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Sept. 21 to 28. Various venues and prices ($99 to $149, pass, includes one ticket to Louis C.K., Sept. 27 and 28, Sony Centre). 1-855-985-5000 or jfl42.com.