ART & MUSEUMS
With all due respect to Bill Haley and his Comets, no one rocks around the clock quite like the sound and video artist Christian Marclay, who brings his precisely edited 24-hour jumble of visual material, classic films, forgotten mediocrities and television shows to the Power Plant. The film runs on a continual loop, never stopping. Ask Mr. Marclay what time it is, and he just never shuts up. To Nov. 25. Free. 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949.
Shary Boyle: Stranger
The city’s star visual artist presents new watercolours on paper, inspired by winter residencies in Nunavut and Saskatchewan, where, according to Ms. Boyle, “the sky dominates, pressing and pulling you like taffy between the ground and the clouds.” Hear her talk about her experience today (3:15 p.m.), as part of the Canadian Art Gallery Hop (galleryhop2012.canadianart.ca/hop-day). Sept. 22 (opening reception, 3 to 6 p.m.) to Nov. 3. Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, 1450 Dundas St. W., 416-537-3125.
New Country Rehab
To describe what these guys do as “outlaw country” just doesn’t cut it. They’re safe-crackers and jail-breakers, opening up old-timey treasures and busting bluegrass walls wide open. On Friday, the high-energy local quartet unveil the tunes of its yet-to-be recorded Midnight Cargo album. Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m. $18 to $20. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., 416-531-6604.
Eventually it had to happen: The blurry-guitar alt-rock legends are now senior dinosaurs. But, with new album I Bet on Sky out this week, hardly extinct. Sept. 24 to 26, 8 p.m. $42.25. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., 1-855-985-5000.
The musical duo of Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman, who make airy and dreamy folk-pop in the most artful ways, celebrate a new album Inner Classics. Step onto their cloud at the Music Gallery for the launch. Sept. 27, 8 p.m., $12 to $15. 197 John St., 416-204-1080.
The third in a trilogy of dramas about Canadian societal virtues, Michael Healey’s controversial satire concerns a domineering prime minister. Who said Stephen Harper? Certainly not us. No way. To Oct. 6. $25 to $40. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110.
Between the Sheets
A parent-teacher interview turns confrontational in a new drama from one-to-watch playwright Jordi Mand. Susan Coyne and Christine Horne star in the heavy Nightwood Theatre production. To Oct. 7.. $13 to $40. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827.
The Queen West Project
As part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Theatre Beyond Walls program, dancers take headphone-wearing audience members on an audio tour and immersive Queen Street scoundscape experience that sees choreography take shape incrementally as instructions are given – step by step, as it were. Sept. 22 (6, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m.) and Sept. 23 (2, 2:45, 3:30 and 4:15 p.m.). $25 to $30 (tickets and instructions on location available by phone). 416-504-7529.
Julia Sasso Dances: SLoE
Dancemaker Julia Sasso salutes Ann Southam, the late Canadian composer who commissioned the work that celebrates the feminine perspective in dance, music and design. The pianist Eve Egoyan performs Ms. Southam’s Simple Lines of Enquiry, a piece described by the New Yorker as “immense and mysterious.” Sept. 27 to 29 (8 p.m.) and Sept. 30 (4 p.m.). $25 to $35. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.
Abilities Arts Festival: MIX
Is that a prosthesis in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Within the ongoing Abilities Arts Festival (to Oct. 11), a mini-fest offers films that are either by or about artists with disabilities, with one series dedicated to frank and shameless shorts that prove physical or mental impairments are no barriers to a satisfying sex life. To Sept. 23. $8. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St., 416-593-9475.
Just For Laughs
Forty-two shows over eight days covers a lot of comic ground, including Match Game Live (Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Mod Club), Amy Schumer (Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre), Andy Kindler (Sept. 24 to 27, 11 p.m., Comedy Bar) and the superstar averge-joe headliner Louis C.K. (Sept. 27 to 28, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Sony Centre). To Sept. 28. Various venues and prices ($99 to $149, pass includes one ticket to Louis C.K.). 1-855-985-5000 or jfl42.com.
Toronto Roller Derby
The babes are bruising and the divas are dangerous when they lace up their roller skates and take to the flat-track. Perennial top squads Chicks Ahoy! and the Gore-Gore Rollergirls throw elbows and caution to the wind for this year’s championship spin. Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. $12 to $18. The Bunker, Downsview Park, 40 Carl Hall Rd., torontorollerderby.com.
Golden Tap Awards
Toronto Beer Week is almost over? Wow, it went by like a blur. Craft brewers and their sud-sucking fans sample and celebrate the very best in malt-based beverages. Sept. 22, 4 to 11:45 p.m. Free admission (cash bar). Beer Bistro, 18 King St. E., 416-861-9872.
East End Rockabilly Weekend
Be-bop-a-lula, and we don’t mean maybe. Jive-cats, barnstormers and tattooed mountain-folk wannabees gather for a slate of vintage culture, hopping bass-slapping music and a screening of the documentary Gears, Grease & Guitars (8 p.m, tonight). To Sept. 23. $15-20 (daytime activities, free). Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St., E., 416-368-6893 or ticketweb.ca.
An open rehearsal and chats with set designers and costume designers ramps up the anticipation for the Canadian Opera Company’s upcoming production of the madcap operetta of mistaken identity and Viennese glamour. Sept. 28, 6:15 p.m. (500 tickets available first come, first serve at 6 p.m.; rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.). Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231.