The French artist uses found objects – an Ikea chair, a coat rack – and reworks them into interesting pieces, which he leaves on the street and parks for passersby, be they art lovers who appreciate the offbeat gesture or garbage collectors who are less romantic. Photos of these site-specific sculptured commentaries on revaluing and recycling make up an exhibit that also includes an installation of things inside white plastic baggies. To Dec. 3. Free. Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth St., 416-504-3699.
Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays
Super-fly and bacon-greasy soul-funk from Ottawa serves credibly as Canada’s answer to the retro-Daptone scene in Brooklyn. Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m. $12. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave., 888-222-6608.
Coeur de Pirate
About the young Béatrice Martin, the celebrity blogger Perez Hilton once posted an endorsement for the Montreal singer-songwriter’s French-language chansons: “We have no idea what she is saying, but this is lovely!” On her ambitious new pop album Blonde, Ms. Martin now sings a little in English, which should translate into wider success for the former YouTube sensation. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $21. Mod Club, 722 College St., 888-222-6608.
How about a nice round of applause for Lang Lang – he’ll be here all week. The Chinese pianist is no lounge act, but he will indeed be around for a bit. A residency with the TSO has the virtuoso performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Nov. 9, 10, 12, 17 and 19. 8 p.m. $49 to $179. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255.
Patrick Watson & Wooden Arms
The Montreal outfit makes a magical, ambient sort of rock music – sometimes dreamy, but usually more intense on stage – here with the sparkling indie-pop singer Amy Millan for a closing-night concert for the ongoing McLuhan 100 festival. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $30 to $35. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208.
Tapestry’s Pub Operas
It ain’t over until the mezzo-soprano drinks: A five-scene production celebrates the character-soaked history of the Glasgow’s oldest pub, Sloans, inhabited by young lovers, sore losers and the ghosts of Chopin. Nov. 10 to 12, 8 p.m. $30. Ernest Balmer Studio, 55 Mill St., 416-537-6066, ext. 243.
The Life and Times of Mackenzie King
Using a black box as a frame for the farcical, stylized action, the writer-director Michael Hollingsworth stages his historical hallucinations in rapid succession, interweaving a cynical story of a peculiar prime minister with tales of more common folk – work-camp hobos, crystal-ball readers and booze smugglers. Opens Nov. 10 (now in previews). $20 to $40. Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W., 416-703-1725.
Ride the Cyclone
Described by Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck as “probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced,” the 2010 Summerworks hit from Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville theatre company takes audiences on a thrill ride, compassionately but hilariously telling the story of small high-school choir that perishes in a roller-coaster accident. Nov. 14 to Dec. 3 (previews begin Nov. 10). $15 to $35. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.
Love Lies Bleeding
Hold me closer, tiny dancer: The Alberta Ballet’s razzle-dazzle choreography is sexy, with echoes of Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins and the glitz and glamour of pop star Elton John, whose pop music (co-written with lyricist Bernie Taupin) inspired this spiffy, circus-y ballet. Nov. 8 to 12. $20 to $190. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 855-985-5000.
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie presents a touring program 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.
LITERATURE and LECTURE
Giller Light Bash
Tuxedo at the cleaners? Forgo the glitzier official literary gala in favour of a party that often sees gadflies and the greater literati dropping by late for a cocktail. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30 to $35. The Burroughes, 639 Queen St. W., gillerlightbash.ca.
In the 2005 bestseller The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion broke down the ordeal of losing her husband. With her new Blue Nights, she explores the tragedy that followed: the death of their daughter. The U.S. author reads and is interviewed by the estimable Margaret MacMillan about aging and the anxieties of raising and losing a child. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. $10. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.