Mary Catherine Newcomb: the Woods
We fondly recall a previous Loop Gallery showing by Mary Catherine Newcomb; the sculptor fashioned a chocolate-brown, four-foot bunny that looked truffle-licious but was actually made from homemade (and less than delicious) plasticine. She’s still pulling rabbits out of her metaphorical hat, these days with an exhibition of sculptures made from natural materials harvested in the wild and/or cultivated. Jan. 4 to 26 (reception, Jan. 4, 2 to 5 p.m.). Free Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St., 416-516-2581 or loopgallery.ca.
Top Ten Film Festival
Confirming our suspicion that Toronto is the film festival capital of the world, we can’t even get past the year’s first weekend without having one. A 10-day schedule includes screenings of a voted-upon list of the year’s 10 best Canadian features and shorts along with Q&A sessions. Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) finds director Denis Villeneuve on stage with actor Jake Gyllenhaal for a chat about Enemy, a drama about a mild-mannered academic shocked to discover his doppelganger. Jan. 3 to 12. $10. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433 or tiff.net.
With his recent (and abominable) music video, the born-to-be-weird Kanye West (with fiancée Kim Kardashian) set an awful example of motorcycle-based behaviour. Things are safer and much more proper at this weekend’s two-wheeled mega affair. Jan. 4 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Jan. 5, (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). $5 to $20 (under age six, free). International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., 1-800-567-1199 or motorcyclesupershow.ca.
Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World
Empires come and go, as do blockbuster exhibitions. This weekend marks the final days of a touring display of more than 200 artifacts (some dating as far back as 3500 BC, most never seen in Canada before), from what is often called “the cradle of Western civilization.” The Mesopotamians, as the inventors of the world's oldest known systems of written communication, have a message for Toronto: The end is nigh; two days left for this nifty historical exhibit. To Jan. 5. $19 to $27. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, 416-586-8000 or rom.on.ca.
Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids
Grab your skates – the Maple Leafs need you. No, coach Randy Carlyle isn’t looking for help on defence or depth on the wing. Rather, the public is invited to lace up at the team’s practice ice, with participating Leaf players on hand for an event that raises funds for children with disabilities. Jan. 5, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. $125 ($30 for spectators). MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, 400 Kipling Ave; register at eastersealsskate.org.