From the industrious Hannah Moscovitch, currently Tarragon’s playwright-in-residence, an affecting drama concerns the real-life story of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Holocaust-era champion of children who finds courage and inspiration from an orphan boy named Israel. Nov 16 to Dec. 18 (now in previews). $20 to $51. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace , 30 Bridgman Ave. , 416-531-1827.
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie presents an evening of James Kudelka-choreographed classics: Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, Soudain l'hiver dernier and In Paradisum, 27 minutes of pure and provocative lyricism from 1983, originally created for Montreal's Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Nov. 12, 8 p.m . $20 to $35 . Ryerson Theatre , 43 Gerrard St. E., 416-364-8011.
60 Years of Rhythm & Movement
It seemed like just a decade ago that we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mi Young Kim’s devotion to Korean dance. Here the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada presents its most elaborate production ever with a range of traditional and contemporary choreography that includes a smashing, new drum-dance medley. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m . $35.75 . George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. , 855-985-5000.
LITERATURE and LECTURE
Prohibition Then and Liquor Control in Ontario Today
A guy walks into a bar ... but it wasn’t always that way. Dr. Mariana Valverde, author of Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedomand Kathy Klas of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario speak easy about the province’s unique liquor sales system and its effect on Torontonians since 1927. Nov. 15, 7 p.m . $12. Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd, , 416-392-6910.
Our broker suggested we buy stocks in the Occupy Wall Street movement – is that wise? The economist Jeffrey Sachs discusses the shortcomings of American-style capitalism with CBC's Carol Off. Nov. 14, 7 p.m . Free. Reference Library , 789 Yonge St ., torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Twelve Trees Of Christmas Gala
Popcorn’s for movie theatres, not Christmas trees. A cocktail supper by Jamie Kennedy and an auction of pines decorated artfully and untraditionally by local designers and architects benefits the Gardiner Museum’s educational programs. Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. (trees on display, Nov. 19 to Dec. 11). $200 . Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park , 416-586-8080.
Young Andrew Huang, with mentorship from Metric singer Emily Haines, unveils an installation entitled Ghost. And interactive exploration of music utilizes multiple videos (each containing a different audio track) which can be controlled by audience members, resulting in simultaneous playback of sounds. Nov. 14 to 16, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Four Seasons Centre , 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231.
Debra DiGiovanni: Single Awkward Female
With a raspy voice, a feisty demeanour and a burly delivery, the quick-fire comedian is as much singular as she is single. The riotous stand-up artist, who plays the big room on Sunday, riffs on her current man-free situation. Nov. 13, 8 p.m . $40.50 . Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 416-872-1212.
Sketch Comedy Festival
Sketch as sketch can: The annual laugh fair continues with numerous options this weekend, but you can’t go wrong with the closing capers of the Sketchersons and their lauded Sunday Night Live affair (Sunday, 9 p.m., Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W.). To Nov. 13. $15 to $20. Various venues, torontosketchfest.com.
Ice, Wine & Dine
The charred sweet corn and buffalo mozzarella will melt in your mouth, but let’s hope the lip-smacking liquefying doesn’t extend to the ice sculptures, possibly endangered by the unseasonably warm weather of late. Caroling, roving performers and wine-tasting round out the winter-themed one-night affair. Nov. 12, 4 p.m . Free. Elm Street (between Yonge and Bay streets). wintermagic.ca.
Meet Your New Ride
Check out a mock-up of the city’s spiffy, new Euro-style streetcars – it’s must-see TTC. Nov. 12 to 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Toronto Transit Commission Hillcrest Facility, 1138 Bathurst St., ttc.ca.
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