Here's My Card
Strangers in the night, exchanging … calling cards? Knowing that conversations among unfamiliar parties can be awkward, the hosts of a semi-regular social networking event are on hand with tips on how to create charismatic calling cards, which can be used to instigate chats and facilitate connections. It is the hope that common ground between "inspiring, creative people" will be found, thus resulting in a convivial affair where "some weather we're having, eh?" is not on the agenda. April 7, 7 to 10 p.m. Free. No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often associated with his good-guy character Brandon Walsh of Beverly Hills 90210, the actor Jason Priestly currently shows his chops as the titular star of Call Me Fitz, a dark comedy in which he portrays a used-car salesman who is so amoral as to give that profession a worse name than ever thought possible. Now, in David Mamet's play about prejudice and a corrupt legal system, he is the ruthless barrister Jack Lawson. Given the reputation of lawyers, the role should be well within Mr. Priestly's new postal code. Previews begin April 7 (2 p.m., $24 to $69). Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-368-3110 or canadianstage.com.
"Baby, in our wildest moments, we could be the greatest," sings Jessie Ware, the silver-voiced siren who also knows that "we could be the worst of all." In her wildest dreams, the soothing South London soulster would not have imagined the breakout success of her debut album, the Mercury-nominated Devotion. Ms. Ware describes her own voice as "malleable," and it's capable of Adele bigness or Sade smoothness. At the Opera House on Saturday, things could go either way. April 6, 8 p.m. $20 (sold out). 735 Queen St. E., 1-800-222-6608 or ticketweb.ca.
The Meme-ing of Life
A bright, physical cast of comic actors star in the latest winning revue at Second City, none better than Stacey McGunnigle – a gifted sketch comedian who consistently stirs up scenes with her graceful animation and clever timing and expressions. The through-line to the current production is that small acts of societal niceness will lighten moods and promote general goodwill. With her own subtle gestures, Ms. McGunnigle absolutely does her part. Indefinite run. $24 to $29. 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011 or secondcity.com.
Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer
Organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, an exhibition documents the trips that the German-Canadian photographer Richard Harrington made to the Arctic in the 1940s and '50s. His work was significant and vital, given that the nomadic lifestyle he captured on camera soon vanished as Inuit people began settling into camps. Mr. Harrington was particularly interested in Inuit sculptures; representative carvings are included in this important exhibition. To June 16, open daily (weekends, noon to 4 p.m.). Free ($5 suggested donation). The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen St., Oshawa, Ont., 905-576-3000 or rmg.on.ca.