Joyner Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art
William Kurelek’s Handel’s Messiah at Massey Hall depicts the Mendelssohn Choir in action, at an annual Christmas-time performance that serves to elevate man’s spirit. Apart from the Hallelujah chorus, the artist was particularly enamoured with bass aria “The trumpet shall sound,” which accounts for the horn-player on the high in a 1973 drawing expected to fetch some $80,000 at an auction that also includes major works by Lawren Harris and E.J. Hughes. Nov. 25, 10 a.m . (on view Nov. 20 to 24 ). Free. Joyner Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art, 275 King St. E.,416-504-5100 .
Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World
If we look at the backside of a rock with a doomsday Mayan calendar on it, will we see a barely legible LOL? An exhibit of 250 artifacts sheds light on the achievements and mysteries of the long-lost Mesoamerican civilization whose innovations (and perhaps pranksterish instincts) reverberate to this day. Nov. 19 to April 9, 2012 . $17 to $25 . Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park , 416-586-8000 .
“Grateful I’m here,” Garland Jeffreys sings on his latest album, “still alive.” The veteran Coney Island singer-songwriter answers the what-ever-happened-to question with this year’s The King Of In Between, a well-received disc of reggae rock and Dylan blues. Nov. 19, 7 p.m. $29.50 Mod Club, 722 College St. W., 855-985-5000.
She can coo dreamy or rock sassy, this likable Nova Scotian singer-songwriter. Her new roots-pop album Honeymoon Punch is more upbeat than her previous release, with its title giving away its vibe and inspiration. Nov. 23, 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25 . Hugh’s Room , 2261 Dundas St. W. , 416-531-6604.
Erwin Schulhoff, the Czech composer and pianist, who studied with Claude Debussy and Max Reger, died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942. He left behind an intriguing body of work, including the rarely heard Hot-Sonate for alto saxophone and orchestra, here performed by the iconic soloist Branford Marsalis. The New Orleans saxophonist also enlivens a folk-flavoured concerto by Russian composer Glazunov, with the program finishing at Dvorak’s colourful, melodic New World Symphony. Nov. 23 and 24 , 8 p.m . $35 to $145 . Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255 .
Ride the Cyclone
We recall the days of our youth, riding a roller-coaster, then quickly scurrying to get back in line to experience the euphoria again. Atomic Vaudeville’s exhilarating musical about a high-school choir that perishes in an amusement park accident produces that same reaction. To Dec. 3. $15 to $35. Theatre Passe Muraille , 16 Ryerson Ave ., 416-504-7529 .
Described by Canadian Stage artistic director Matthew Jocelyn as a “deeply moving, engaging and intelligent play,” this 1950s-set drama (a fictionalized account of artist Mark Rothko’s struggle to complete a commission) makes its Canadian premiere. Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 (previews begin Nov. 19 ). $22 to $99 . Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-368-3110 .
The Sankofa Trilogy
She’s got the powah: The Jamaican poet-playwright-actress d’bi.young anitafrika finishes off her Sankofa Trilogy with word!sound!powah!, a one-woman tour de force about a young performance-poet embroiled in a fictional Jamaican election. The energetic piece, which stands well on it own, is presented in repertory with the three-parter’s previous two instalments. To Dec. 4. $25 to $51 . Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827 .
SHUMKA at 50!
Bouncy, foot-stamping, billowy-trousered, big-smilin’, arms-a-wavin’, colour-costumed, high-kneed, whirlwind-causin’, Cossack-crazed fun. The Edmonton-based Shumka Dancers celebrate a half-decade of traditional Ukrainian dance. Nov. 25 and 26, 8 p.m., $30 to $85. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 855-872-7669.
Enter the Shadow and Klorofyl
Madly-skilled urban dance crews unite for a double-bill at Harbourfront. The youth-led Break it Down organization offers Enter the Shadow (a candid, robust look at the art and culture of break-dancing), while the Gadfly troupe gives a whiff of Klorofyl (an adventure in jazz, house and hip-hop forms that explores contemporary tribalism and fallen street warriors). Nov. 24 to 27. Shows can be seen individually ($15 to $28) or together, back-to back ($30 to $45 ). Enwave Theatre (235 Queens Quay W.) and Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay W.), 416-973-4000 .
Romeo and Juliet
Will the ballet by any other choreographer still smell as sweet? The National Ballet celebrates its 60th anniversary with the world premiere of a new version of the classic piece, crafted by New York’s industrious Alexei Ratmansky. To Nov. 27 . $25 to $234 . Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595 .