Hidden Film Festival
While the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled some of its films this week with a splashy announcement, the organizers of this weekend’s Hidden Film Festival were silent like Charlie Chaplin. The idea behind the event is to screen new independent films to unassuming audiences who have no idea what they are buying to tickets to see. July 27, 8 p.m., Winchester, 51A Winchester St., 416-323-0051; Humber Cinemas, July 28, 10 a.m., 2442 Bloor St. W., 416-769-2442; $10 to $13; hiddenfilmfestivals.com.
Angels in America
Tony Kushner’s controversial two-part fantasia opens this week as part of Soulpepper’s 15th-anniversary season. The Pulitzer winner comes in two parts (occasionally joined in a double-header). The powerhouse about America and AIDS in the age of Reagan concerns mankind’s painful progress: The longing for what is left behind, to paraphrase a line from the playwright, and the dreaming ahead. To Sept. 14. $22 to $68. Young Centre for Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
Vivian Maier was a photographer, but “out of the shadows” does not refer to a lighting situation. Ms. Maier was a caregiver and self-taught artist whose thousands of pictures were discovered in a Chicago storage locker shortly before her death in 2009. Her black-and-whites are now hailed as a significant chronicle of life in midcentury urban America. A documentary on her life screens Saturday. To Sept. 14. Free. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W., 416-504-0575 or bulgergallery.com.
The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale
Like the neighbourhood itself, Parkdale’s annual multi-arts affair offers a variety of experiences. The catch-as-catch-can event takes place in bars, boutiques, churches, hair salons and parking lots, with performers who are pro and some who are not. One who is, Raoul Bhaneja, will present a snippet of his concert-theatre hybrid A Little Bit of Life, Death and The Blues at Not My Dog (1510 Queen St. W., 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday). July 27 and 28. Free. labcab.ca.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The only bobblehead involved at these baseball games is the one attached to team owner Jack Dominico, who might shake his head if you decline to purchase a program or a raffle ticket to help support his amateur nine. The games are competitive and lively – the bad guys tomorrow are the Barrie Baycats – and the atmosphere is as warm as the hot dogs served at the concession stand. July 28, 2 p.m. Free. Dominico Field at Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W., mapleleafsbaseball.com.