Here’s a world premiere from Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan, a pair of fearless dancemakers. Employing elements of contemporary dance, theatre and farce, this tragicomic duet explores a journeyof friends. Oct. 18 to 20, 8 p.m. $19.50 to $34. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or danceworks.ca.
The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi
Have your fill of drumsticks last weekend? Have no fear, these energetic East African movers and percussionists won’t put anyone to sleep. Oct. 14, 2 and 5 p.m. $49 to $54. Markham Theatre, 171 Centre Blvd., 905-305-7469.
Dichterliebe: The Poet's Love
Sixteen choreographies created by dancers, playwrights, architects and others make up a night of cabaret-style diversions. Performed by Laurence Lemieux (with singer Alexander Dobson and pianist Jeanie Chung), the program celebrates the naming of the Mimi Herrndorf Studio Theatre. Oct.13, 8 p.m. $25 to $35. The Citadel, 304 Parliament St., 416-364-8011 or colemanlemieux.com.
An hour-long program of contemporary and traditional African dance features three new works by Lua Shayenne, including War Child, based on the story of child soldiers. Oct. 13 (8 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (5 p.m.). $30. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington St., 416-915-6747 or lowerossingtontheatre.com.
Humour Me: Dana Carvey
Not gonna do it. Not. Gonna. Do it. Oh, of course he’ll do it. The former SNL mainstay is sure to revive his George Bush Sr. imitation, as well as putting his comedic presidential seal on incumbent Obama and candidate Romney. He headlines a show in benefit of kids at risk. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. $72.83 to $168.83. Winter Garden, 189 Yonge St., 1-855-985-5000.
Big City Improv Festival
Some 75 troupes wing it for an event of extemporaneous laugh-making. This weekend finds Jerry Minor and Steve Little (from the HBO baseball-based comedy Eastbound and Down) guesting with different acts. To Oct. 20. Various ticket prices and passes. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 416-551-6540 or bigcityimprovfestival.com.
LITERATURE & LECTURE
It wasn’t necessarily hard to be Kamal Al-Solaylee, but it was complicated. The journalism professor and former Globe and Mail drama critic discusses Intolerable, his elegant memoir involving
sexual identity and the extreme ethnic, religious and economic friction involved in his
upbringing in Yemen, Beirut,
Cairo and back to Yemen again. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Free. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge, 416-395-5639.
International Festival of Authors
The 11-day literary fandango kicks off with a benefit for Pen Canada, for which CBC Radio One’s Eleanor Wachtel interviews Rohinton Mistry, the well-prized Indian-Canadian author of luminous fiction. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $50. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or readings.org.
Fact? Or Fiction?
Hmmm, a fossil of an iPhone? Doesn’t seem very likely. A skeleton of a racoonosaurus? Oh, that has to be real. To raise money for ROM education and research, guests guess the authenticity of curiosities pulled from the vaults. Oct. 16, 6 p.m. $500. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8064.
Toronto Garlic Festival
How many cooks does it take to change a garlic bulb? None. Why would you want it changed? It’s perfectly tasty, aromatic and fine the way it is. This herb event includes cooking demonstrations and a garlic-breath contest. Oct. 13 (1 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). $8. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave.
Artifacts at Maple Leaf Gardens
As the NHL season heads down the toilet, hockey fans are invited to bid on banners, penalty boxes, photos and, yes, a locker-room loo from the old Maple Leaf
Gardens. The online auction
continues to Nov. 14, but the
public display of souvenirs ends Saturday afternoon. To Oct. 13, 3 p.m. Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, 50 Carleton St., frozenpond.com.
Trinity College Book Sale
The oldest of the University of Toronto book sales has enjoyed an illustrious 37-year history that has seen a signed T.S. Eliot book sold for $2 and a book-browsing encounter between a man and a woman that resulted in marriage. So, speaking of judging a book by its cover, don’t. Oct. 18 to 22. Seeley Hall, 6 Hoskin Ave., 416-978-5851.
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