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Hannas Georges: Her new album For Evelyn isn’t your grandmother’s pop record, but it is a record for a grandmother.

Vanessa Heins

Hannah Georgas

Her new album For Evelyn isn't your grandmother's pop record, but it is a record for a grandmother. Described by the Vancouver singer-songwriter as "compassionate, patient, kind and beautiful," Georgas's near-century-old grandmother is the muse for an album of intimate expressions, rich dance-pop landscapes and unpredictable moments. Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $22.50. Mod Club, 722 College St., 855-985-5000 or (Also Dec. 2, Hamilton's Melrose United Church.)

Allan Tannenbaum: Grit and Glamour

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"Bite the Big Apple, don't mind the maggots." With the song Shattered, the Rolling Stones painted their picture of Manhattan. As did Allan Tannenbaum, a photographer whose work in black and white and colour documented the New York of the 1970s, from the rock 'n' rollers John Lennon and Mick Jagger to the fashionistas to the scene-makers of the Andy Warhol ilk. An exhibition remembers a city's classic chic and grime. To Dec. 10. Free. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St W., 416-504-0575 or


Reportedly a remake is in the works, but while we wait for a Starman relaunch, the original 1984 sci-fi romance from John Carpenter is well worth a revisit on the big screen. Starring Karen Allen and the easily charming Jeff Bridges as a gentle alien, Starman is space-set allegory with sex appeal – an E.T. for the grown-ups.

Dec. 2, 9 p.m. $10 to $14. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433 or

Stewart Goodyear

In 2012 at Koerner Hall, the Toronto-based pianist performed his Beethoven Sonata-thon: all 32 of the great composer's piano sonatas in one go. And now, Stewart Goodyear is Bach. An afternoon program features Johann Sebastian's Partita No. 5, with other highlights that include a world premiere of Goodyear's own Acabris! Acabras! Acabram! and, for old times sake, Beethoven's Sonata No. 32. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. $35 to $85. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or

Tafelmusik: A Grand Tour of Italy

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By the 17th century in Italy, stadium rock at the Colosseum was considered passé. All the mod tourists to the country were hip to the more happening baroque music, a form novel for its ornamentation, hummability and melodic improvisation. In celebration of an era's beginnings, the period orchestra Tafelmusik guides audiences through a tour of Italian innovators Castello, Uccellini and Marini. Dec. 1 to 4. $15 to $112. Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., 416-964-6337 or; Dec. 6, 8 p.m. $57 to $81. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St., 855-985-2787 or

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