Lang Lang Plays Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the original rock star, driving fast carts and dying young. The Chinese pianist Lang Lang is a rock star as well, though more in status and swagger than any hedonistic shenanigans. This evening, the latter dazzles within a pair of concertos composed by the former at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening gala, which also sees the TSO itself strutting a bit on the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Sept. 21, 7 p.m. $59 to $249. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-593-4828. tso.ca
JFL42 Comedy Festival
On the television screen, it’s all about breaking bad. But on stage, it’s all about cracking wise. The likable cringe-humourist and Breaking Bad cast member Bill Burr, whose two shows tonight at the Queen Elizabeth are sold out, is just one of the stars of a 10-day chucklerama, with highlights that include Janeane Garofalo (Sept. 21 and 22), Marc Maron (Sept. 24), John Mulaney (Sept. 25 and 26), Aziz Ansari (Sept. 27) and Family Guy Live (Sept. 28). To Sept. 28. Various venues and prices, jfl42.com.
Canada’s Walk of Fame
He’ll make you a rap you can’t refuse. Maestro Fresh Wes, sometimes referred to as the Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop, is celebrated this evening at Massey Hall (8 p.m., $29.50 to $69.50), as part of this year’s Walk of Fame festivities. Mr. Fresh Wes, who famously advised to let your backbone slide, is in concert with fellow beat-based rhymers k-os, Shad, Kardinal Offishall and Classified. The jam will be amplified. Walk of Fame red carpet: Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m. Elgin Theatre, 179 Yonge St., canadaswalkoffame.com.
Instead of a mat, she puts down a doily. Ida Herbert, at 97 years young the world’s oldest yoga instructor, presents a class on Sunday morning at a two-day outdoor affair of music, mediation and downward-dogging. The rain-or-shine event, which also offers activities for children, begins this morning and closes its kirtan with a chanting session tomorrow evening. Sept. 21 and 22, 10 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Free. Harbourfront Centre’s Exhibition Common, 235 Queens Quay W., yogapalooza.ca.
The Word on the Street
“I do desire we may be better strangers.” Aside from the marketplace and readings (by Joseph Boydon, Colin Mochrie and others), the annual book-baloo offers on-your-feet literacy activities, including the Shakespeare in Action program. Elizabethan antics involve reading Shakespeare aloud, trying on costumes and elegantly hurling Bard-era barbs just for the fun of it. Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Queen’s Park Circle, thewordonthestreet.ca.