The Fuel of Life
The light bulb above their heads is energized by a renewable source, you have to think. The topically minded PhotoSensitive collective had the bright idea for an exhibit of photographs that focuses on sustainable power sources and ways in which we use, abuse and conserve energy. To Dec. 10. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 416-369-2300 or photosensitive.com.
Jack Chambers: The Light from the Darkness, Silver Paintings and Film Work
The AGO is not alone in celebrating work of the late Ontarian Jack Chambers, a visionary artist. An exhibit of his 1966-67 “silver paintings” (so-called because of his use of aluminum paint) and five of the seven 16-mm “personal” films he shot in the late sixties is now on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. To Jan. 15, 2012. $12 to $15. Kleinburg, Ont., 888-213-1121.
They still sell jams, jellies and other condiments at the merchandise table, but the curious Ontario roots-rock trio passes muster in addition to hawking mustard. Their new album Us Little Devils finds the energetic Andrew Penner and his Players adding balladic niceties to their gospel-tent furor. Dec. 10, 9 p.m. $13.50. Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., 888-222-6608.
When told to jump, this New Orleans harmonica pro asks “in what key?” The big-lunged Jumping Johnny Sansone, with an inquisitive local band, does gritty gospel, lively gumbo-music and industrial-strength blues. Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m. $25 to $27.50. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., 416-531-6604.
The great and whimsical French trombonist hasn’t played here in 20 years, but we’re going to let him slide on that misdemeanour offence because his visit here is a lengthy one that includes workshops and master classes. It all culminates Sunday in a wide-ranging concert that features works spanning four decades, including 2003’s Eppure si Muove for solo trombone and an ensemble of eleven disparate instruments, mischievously performed without a conductor. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. $10 to $35. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St., 416-961-9594.
Because it is that Christmas time of year, U.S. pianist André Watts is making his Lizt and checking it twice. Apologies for that – let’s start again. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Hungarian wunderkind pianist and composer’s birth, Mr. Watts performs an all-Liszt program, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 included. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. $39 to $90. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208.
The Life and Times of Mackenzie King
It’s good to be the Mackenzie King, but in Michael Hollingsworth’s spooky, small-stage satire on wartime politics there are two other prime ministers of the period represented: an ambitious and consistently outwitted Arthur Meighen and a fat, bacon-loving R.B. Bennett. The sly and somewhat absurdist comedy continues at the comfy Cameron House. To Dec 18. $20 to $40. 408 Queen St. W., 416-703-1725.
“Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen – give me down-to-there hair, shoulder length or longer.” It’s been around a while, but the touring production of the counterculture musical is growing on us. Dec. 13 to 31. $35 to $130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., 416-872-1212.
Wizard of Oz
Something tells we’re in Toronto when a funky musical version of the yellow-brick classic involves Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and a snowboard-loving Dorothy. Another Christmas; another Ross Petty pantomime. To Jan. 6, 7 p.m. $27 to $85. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 855-985-5000.
A unique, walkabout telling of the Nativity is self-billed as “part Beckett, part Monty Python, with a bit of morality play thrown in.” An audience follows the action of the biblical narrative through the Evergreen Brickworks and adjacent parkland, where shepherds, weird wise men and a choir are come upon. Dec. 16 to 30 (previews, Dec. 13 to 15). 7:30 pm. $10 to $25 . 550 Bayview Ave., 416-504-7529.
A Very Lupe Xmas