Roald Dahl Day
What would we do if you woke up one morning with Matilda’s magical powers? Oh, we’d probably make make Ronald Dahl’s beloved novel about a telekinetic child fly off the shelves on its 25th anniversary and make it a best seller. Failing that, Fans of the popular children’s author can celebrate the man’s legacy and his book Matilda with a whizzpopping day of short-story readings, dancing and a screening of Danny Devito’s 1996 film adaptation of the novel. Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Lillian Smith Library, 239 College, smallprinttoronto.org or torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Zombie Casting Call
It’s a peculiar skill set: Can you lumber, moan and rock the post-apocalyptic fashion? One of the extracurricular activities involved with the After Dark Film Festival (to Oct. 25, Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W.) involves an appraisal of living-dead hopefuls. Today a panel looks over the best brain-cravers, who are being recruited to stalk the human competitors in The Running Dead obstacle course. (Oct. 27). Oct. 19, 4 to 6 p.m., The Office Pub, 117 John St., 416-887-1639 or therunningdead.ca.
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage
If this musical doesn’t transport you straight to Club Babalu and 1955 television land, the producers of his touring show have some splainin’ to do. The intriguingly compatible foursome of Fred and Ethel and Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo and his wacky, scheming, bawling, redheaded wife sing, dance, fling zingers and get up to capers, all in full colour. To Nov. 3. $49 to $119. 260 King St. W., Royal Alexandra Theatre, 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com.
Have you ever been to electric Janelle Monae land? Many have. The impressive psychedelic-soul artist brings tuxedo style and sci-fi imagination to the Kool Haus, where the ambitious material of her album The Electric Lady will be explored. The young American is known for her front-bun haircut, but it is the sharp and slightly freaky mind beneath it that is even more striking. Oct. 19, 9 p.m. $35.25. 132 Queens Quay W., 855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
“You better move on, girl, better start moving, farther west!” Perhaps a Horace Greeley enthusiast, A father tells his wily, prostitute daughter in which direction to flee. Inspired by a true story, Calgary playwright John Murrell’s gold-rush-era drama is an epic tale about the search for belongingand the escaping of one’s past. To Nov. 9. $32 to $68. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.