ART and MUSEUMS
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
“I am usually rather bored with definitions,” says Sagmeister, the Austria-born, New York-based graphic designer. “Happiness, however, is just such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down.” After investigating joy for ten years, the collaborator with musicians David Byrne and jolly Lou Reed and has produced an exhibition of maxims blown up into print, sculpture and interactive forms. To March 3. $8 to $15.20. Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., 416-363-6121.
Adventures with Sherlock Holmes
An exhibit collects unusual books, rare manuscripts, film posters, artwork and artifacts from the holdings of the Toronto Public Library’s Arthur Conan Doyle Collection. Magnifying glasses not supplied. To March 10. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., 416-393-7131 or torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Human Rights Human Wrongs
Curator Mark Sealy, who has a special interest in photography and its relationship to social change, identity politics and human rights, has selected more than 300 historical prints from the important Black Star Collection in his examination of whether images of political struggle and suffering work for, or against, humanitarian objectives. Jan. 23 to April 14. Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164 or ryerson.ca/ric/.
“Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed,” the seventies soft-rockers crooned, “that I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed.” The Sister Golden Hair singers – featuring two-thirds of its original lineup – hit five Ontario theatres this week (with no planned Sunday gig, thankfully). Jan. 19, Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre; Jan. 22, Kingston’s Grand Theatre; Jan. 23, Brock University Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines; Jan. 25, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts; Jan. 26, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. venturahighway.com.
The Spanish singer and fusionist Concha Buika (pronounced BWEE-kah) layers harmonies and rhythms inimitably, working boldly across the fields of swinging scat-jazz, tuneful pop and emotive flamenco. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. $35 to $75. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208.
The Queen Extravaganza
Freddie Mercury rises, sort of: The rhapsodic rock band Queen is resurrected by a tribute-band presentation of memorable material, including hits Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites The Dust, You’re My Best Friend and Killer Queen. Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $41.10 to $85.85. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. W., 1-855-872-7669 or ticketmaster.ca.
Archie Alleyne’s 80th Birthday
Paintbox Bistro, part of an initiative that aims to revitalize Regent Park as a real and active and diverse Toronto neighbourhood as opposed to the old, isolated public-housing complex, launches a jazz series with performances by legendary drummer Archie Alleyne and the magnetic guest vocalist Jackie Richardson. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. $15 (performance) to $40 (with dinner). 555 Dundas St. E., 647-748-0555.
“I’m in a band with my brother and my two best mates,” sings Justin Hawkins, the self-explaining frontman of Suffolk’s finest glam-rockers. After a landing a coveted support spot on Lady Gaga's tour of Europe and Africa, the flamboyant, reunited quartet hit the road in support of its third album, Hot Cakes, an LP which, by definition, sells like that. Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $46. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., 1-855-985-5000.
A true tale of the rescue of six Irish freedom fighters from a colonial prison in Australia in 1876 is told by Andrew Musselman, who plays more than a dozen characters (with accents of American, Irish, English, Australian, French, Afro-American and Caribbean) with only a desk, chair, lamp and a bottle of Scotch for props. To Feb. 2. $20. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529 or artsboxoffice.ca.
The Wizard of Oz
We’re not saying the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical is going to be in town for a while, but City Council is thinking about adding a bike lane to the yellow brick road. A warm spectacle involving flying monkeys, a ruby-slippered farm girl and some famously singable songs settles in for an extended run. $35 to $175. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., 416-872-1212.
The Amorous Adventures of Anatol