Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
If you can stomach it, a pair of celebrity chefs dish on the things that happen behind kitchen doors. Anthony Bourdain is the bouillabaisse badass and Eric Ripert is suave and well-mannered – a study in contrasts, except for the shared appreciation of smocks. Beef up this foodie fandango with a pre-show dinner at Beast Restaurant, which offers an event-themed four-course meal. May 4, 8 p.m. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord
Laura Secord, of course, is the Canadian heroine who, with bovine-based stealth, braved her way through American-held territory to deliver chocolate milk and warn British forces of a sneak American attack during the War of 1812. Only part of that is true, but it is absolutely verified that this family-friendly opera was warmly received upon its world premiere last year at Luminato. To May 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m. $15 to $35. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.
Sightseeing? You want city sightseeing? This weekend, in honour of the late, great urban theorist Jane Jacobs, there will be more tours than you can shake a walking stick at. The annual walk-and-talks are held throughout the city, with a wide range of historical themes and futuristic discussions – from the legacy of Parkdale’s architecture to the options for Ontario Place – to be had. May 4 (8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.) and May 5 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Free. janeswalk.net.
It’s business as paranormal at the Drake Hotel, where only the easily spooked have any reservations. Within the stylish guesthouse and nightspot, the five-member troupe the Mission Business have come up with an interactive theatre experience, one with role-playing, spirit-sleuthing and mystical cards of fortune. Visitations, like the truth, is out there. May 5 to 7, shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m., $40 to $80. 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042 or thedrakehotel.ca.
The Canadian pair of Corin Roddick and Megan James make futuristic pop music, with crisply stuttering electronic beats and processed vocals, marked by self-restraint. The twosome comes back to Toronto after playing a smaller venue here just last February. Fans have waited patiently and faithfully for Purity Ring, a duo who knows that abstinence and absence only make the heart grow fonder. May 5, 7 p.m. $20 to $22.50. Danforth Music Hall, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.