ART & MUSEUMS
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Having your portrait taken can be a royal pain, but the photographer Cecil Beaton (1904 – 1980) undoubtedly had an agreeable waywas with a flashbulb, having been the official shooter for the world’s most famous blue bloods for five decades. An exhibition examines his work (in both colour and black and white) with Queen Elizabeth, apparently quite a subject. To Jan. 1513, 2013. $12 to $15. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Ont., 1-888-213-1121.
Fall Beach Studio Tour
Squeeze between pooches and dodge the baby strollers when you take a self-guided tour of 13 studio sites in the leafy east-end neighbourhood, where paintings, hand-woven fashion, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery and home decor are fashioned. Oct. 19 to 21. Free. 416-691-5195 .
Eleni Mandell, with Lilly Frost
The title of her latest album is I Can See the Future, a comment on the recent birth of her twins. The record finds the chanteuse in sunnier disposition than she formerly demonstrated, but the songwriting is strong as ever. The local free spirit and elegant songbird Lilly Frost opens a charismatic double bill. Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. $13.50 to $15 (available at Soundscapes and Rotate This). Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042.
The Be Good Tanyas
Soft roots-music specialists Samantha Parton, Frazey Ford and Trish Klein have reunited after a hiatus, in time to celebrate a greatest-hits collection released this summer. Expect three-part harmonies, warm instrumentation and, from Ms. Ford in particular, intriguing enunciation. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $25. Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., ticket.web.
The experimental California hip hop artist and producer comes by his adventurism naturally, he being blood-related to the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane. The rising star’s new album is the idea-packed Until the Quiet Comes, a breakthrough effort making much noise among the taste-makers. Oct. 13, 9 p.m. $23.50 (available at Soundscapes, Rotate This and ticket.web). Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
The Tuning of the World
Composer R. Murray Schafer is feted tomorrow evening, with an Esprit Orchestra program that launches his autobiography (My Life on Earth and Elsewhere) and premieres his Wolf Returns, a work commissioned for the occasion that includes ritual chanting. Oct. 14, 8 p.m. (7 p.m., book launch and pre-concert talk). $20 to $55. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or performance.rcmusic.ca.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees do two at the Air Canada Centre, an audacious double-dip for a still potent and interested prog-rock trio. Oct. 14 and 16, 8 p.m. $73.50 to $157.50. 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000.
Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans
The “lost” big-band masterpieces of the legendary Toronto-born composer and Miles Davis-collaborator Gil Evans, which were collected this summer on Ryan Truesdell’s significant CD, are performed here by Mr. Truesdell and the star-studded Humber Faculty Jazz Orchestra. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $10 to $20. Humber Lakeshore Campus, 3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-675-5005.
Tear the Curtain!
Vancouver collaborators Jonathon Young and Kevin Kerr rip the fabric with a thriller (about a mob-based clash between theatre and film interests in the 1930s) that splits the difference between cinema and live performance. To Oct. 20. $24 to $99. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-368-3110 or canadianstage.com.
Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare
They check in, and then they check out. A black comedy by Adam Brazier concerns a a 19th-century Scottish boarding house where serial killing turns guests into medical school cadavers. To Oct. 28. $49 to $69. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 416 872-1212 or mirvish.com.
The Normal Heart
Larry Kramer’s fiery and eloquent drama looks back at the anger and frustration of the early days of the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 (previews begin Oct. 19). Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555.