Of her current Prismatic World Tour, the reviews are in and they often glow, pop and sparkle in the same manner as the concerts they seek to describe. A “spectacle of costumes and colours,” says Billboard. A “show to damage retinas and blow minds, says Rolling Stone. And, from the Daily Express, “eye-wateringly colourful and relentlessly energetic.” All that, and apparently there’s music involved as well. July 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m., and July 21, 7 p.m.,. $46.75 to $167.75. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Ontario Oyster Festival
For those impressed by manly maritime food preparations, this annual fundraiser is of the shuck and awe variety. Oysters will be violently separated from their shells and slurped gleefully, while screaming lobsters will be boiled alive. Live music and other shenanigans round out an outdoor event is in support of Environmental Defence, an organization that aims to secure a greener and healthier life for all (except edible marine life). July 20, 2 to 10 p.m. $32 to $40. Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King St. W., 416-363-8105 or eventbrite.ca.
Vivian Maier: Photographs of Children
Here we have another show of work by the semi-mysterious Vivian Maier, a nanny who seriously and privately dabbled in her black-and-white hobby, shooting a roll of film per day, usually. It was only a couple of years before she died in 2009 that her work was accidentally discovered. This particular exhibition is interesting in that it reveals something of the fairly unknown photographer, the subjects being the children in her charge in the 1950s and ’60s. To Sept. 13. Free. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W., 416-504-0575 or bulgergallery.com.
Christie Pits Film Festival
Summers are for kids. And when they get older they will often look back upon carefree days, outdoor movie screenings at night, perhaps, and, of course, discovering a dead body in the countryside. Wait, what? Yep, this weekend’s al fresco film-watching involves Stand By Me, a summer coming-of-age classic adapted from a Stephen King novella, directed by Rob Reiner and starring a quartet of child actors that included Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and the late River Phoenix. July 20, 8 p.m. Free. Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W., christiepitsff.com/films.html.
No gridlock for them. While the city’s downtown roads are bedevilled by construction, the track for these world-class street-racers is free and clear. Fans are invited to watch and envy their speed, manoeuvrability and gear-shifting prowess during a pair of races, but also to take part in a craft beer festival and interactive games. Grandstand seating is available, as are general admission tickets (or as we like to say, “standing-vroom” only). July 18 to 20. $35 to $175. Exhibition Place, hondaindytoronto.com.
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