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July Talk
The indie-rock outfit is a five piece, but all eyes are on Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay, the band’s handsome opposites and singers. He is gruff-throated and direct; she, demure and sugary. Together they duet specially, working charismatically within and around swizzle-stick blues, sentimental Stars-like pop, the occasional Motown situation and quirky (but not weak) rock. May 2 and 3, 9 p.m. $15 (sold out). Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., ticketfly.com.

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Contact Photography Festival: Gordon Parkes
He was the subject of the documentary The Weapons of Gordon Parkes. One of the man’s weapons was a camera, which he used to capture celebrities, criminals and fashionistas as well as to artfully document racial injustices. The work of the Harlem-based humanist, who was Life magazine’s first black photographer and the director of the 1971 blaxploitation classic Shaft, is on display at two galleries (BAND, 1 Landsdowne Ave.; Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King St. W.). Contact Photography Festival, to May 31, various venues, scotiabankcontactphoto.com.

TSO: Tchaikovsky Discovers America
This concert program may have been made especially for children, but there are adult satisfactions to the musical tale of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky and his trip to the United States for the opening of New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1891. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s better known works, with storytelling and dance rounding out the show. May 3, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. $20 to $36. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-593-4828 or tso.ca.

The Lion King
Did you know that in 2008 the cast of the West End Lion King production performed the hit musical in front of the Royal Family at the London Palladium? Just imagine what was going on in the mind of Prince Charles (with his son Prince William nearby) when the young lion on stage sang I Just Can’t Wait To Be King. Anyhow, you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy the colourful staging and catchy music of the Disney-movie story about animal kingdom rules of succession. To June 15. $35 to $155. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com.

SheDot Festival Gala
If anything at all separates the female comedian from her male counterpart, it might be the capacity for compassion and empathy on the part of the former. With that in mind, a four-day ladies laugh-athon ends with estrogenic all-stars Elvira Kurt, Lauren Ash, Naomi Snieckus and the capable host (and former pro wresting star) Trish Stratus causing chuckles, chucking zingers and raising money in benefit of the gifted comedian Jo-Anna Downey, an MLS sufferer. May 4, 7:30 p.m. $35. Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. (all other events at the Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor St. W.), shedotfestival.com.

 

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