Four pieces highlight the talents of three noted choreographers (Patricia Beatty, Christopher House and Montreal maverick Jean-Sébastien Lourdais) and the exceptional movements of the Toronto Dance Theatre troupe. Nov. 6 to 10, 8 p.m. $19 to $40. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.
So You Think You Can Dance
Surely the question is rhetorical by now. And if you don’t know the finalists from the TV talent-search franchise by their first names (Audrey, Chehon, Cole, Cyrus, Eliana, George, Lindsay, Tiffany, Will and Witney), then there’s just no hope for you. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. $55.50 to $85.50. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 416-368-6161.
LITERATURE & LECTURE
Democracy in Any Election Year
Is the choice between Obama and Romney any choice at all? On the eve of the U.S. election, big brains Janice Stein and Mark Kingwell discuss democracy, with CBC Radio’s lively Carol Off hosting the PEN Canada event. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. $25. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-5797.
On Stage Theatre Art Series
An ongoing speaking series aims to illuminate current theatre productions, including The Normal Heart, running to Nov. 18 at Buddies. Joel Greenberg, Studio 180 artistic director, speaks about the company’s mount of Larry Kramer’s landmark AIDS-themed drama. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium, torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Not only will the British rock journalist discuss and read from her new book I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, she’ll ukulele-ize a few of the brooding troubadour’s odes. The talented and affable folk duo of Kate Maki and Fred Squire also perform. Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Free. Soundscapes Music, 572 College St.
Dark Comedy Festival
The only taboo subject here is the whole notion of taboo subjects. Quirky Maria Bamford (tonight) headlines a schedule of edgy, non-mainstream stars including Jim Norton (Nov. 9) and Eddie Pepitone (Nov. 10). To Nov. 10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 416-551-6540 or darkcomedyfest.com.
Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style
For our eyes only: An exhibition of costumes, props, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and artifacts from the blockbuster spy-film series makes its North American premiere. Signature items include the steel choppers worn by Richard (Jaws) Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me and a variety of gold things. To Jan. 20, 2013. $10.50 to $15. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-968-3456.
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
A popular annual event offers films and panel discussions themed to matters of mental illness and social anxiety. This year’s fest opens with Little Bird (Kauwboy), a tender, upbeat story from the Netherlands about a confused young boy who finds comfort in an abandoned baby jackdaw (Nov. 9, 7 p.m., $30). Nov. 9 to 17. $10 to $30. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-968-3456 or rendezvouswithmadness.com.
Colonel Tom Parker’s Beer Barrel Bingo
The inimitable Tom Parker, a major force in bluegrass-related sociability, emcees and DJs a weekly beery event of fiddle music, chicken-and-waffle comfort food and game-of-chance uproar, all in a honky-tonk setting.
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Free. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579.
Whole Life Expo
It’s only natural that a green-themed festival would take over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for three days. Nov. 9 to 11. $10 to $15. 255 Front St. W., 416-515-1330.
For the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the bighearted Scottish singer Annie Lennox deals with empowerment (Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves), pleasing slumber (Sweet Dreams) and predictable weather (Here Comes the Rain Again). A star-dazzled bill (including Sarah McLachlan and Angelique Kidjo) assured a quick sell out, but the concert will be broadcast on CBC Radio One on Nov. 30, the eve of World AIDS Day. Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m.
$59.95 to $179.95 (sold out).
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255.
Cirque Éloize’s iD
Tumbling, trampolining, street-gang dancing and mountain-bike extremism are part of a high-energy production that metaphorically represents the chaos that results from conflicting basic human desires – metaphorically, that is, unless you’re the type who actually stacks chairs unreasonably high and balances perilously on the resulting tower for kicks. Nov. 3 (2 and 7:30 p.m.). $52 to $88.75. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-872-7669.
Give away his furry hat, give away his shoe, but by all means, don't give away his alligator stew. The child-friendly poems of the treasured laureate Dennis Lee are brought to theatrical life. The production runs for one month, and then it is a matter of “see you later…”
To Nov. 25. $23. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Great jumping rabbits! The annual affair of hay, butter sculptures and barnyard culture this year has jumping rabbits – hop-to-it bunnies who not only are far cuter than their equine counterparts, but much less a burden on the festival’s carrot reserves. To Nov. 11 (rabbit jumping, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.). $14 to $18 (horse shows, $38). Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., 416-263-3400.