Gabriel Prokofiev: From Chamber to Electronica
The London-based DJ Gabriel Prokofiev challenges audiences in the manner of his grandfather, the legendary Russian composer and iconoclast Sergei. In a fusion of music at Enwave Theatre, the agile Art of Time Ensemble will (among other things) perform a string-quartet piece written by the younger Prokofiev, who will then remix the piece live, using a laptop and a bank of speakers. Following the concert, it's off to Nocturne nightclub (550 Queen St. W.), where at midnight he'll bring classical music to an electro-club setting. When it comes to this grandson, the appletini, apparently, does not fall far from the tree. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. $25 to $59. 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.
A woman calls up the Rhubarb Festival of edgy theatre, performance art and dance and says "What time does the next show start?" To which Rhubarb replies, "Well, what time can you get here?" Yes, madam, part of this year's two-week program is a special one-to-one performance element, in which an audience of one can call ahead for an appointment or just pop into the offsite venue – The 519 Church Street Community Centre – to see what's available. The main festival follows a more traditional format, with a dozen shows up and running each week. To March 3. $20 (evening pass). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555 or buddiesinbadtimes.com.
When the chips are down, you can count on expert ice carvers to make something artistically worthwhile from the outrageous weather the city has experienced of late. A two-day festival celebrates the low Celsius with a whimsical garden of frozen fairies, gnomes, oversized butterflies, snails and mice, all set amongst giant flowers with animated faces. On-street skating performances and demonstrations add to the carnival-like affair, with local restaurants and bars offering toddies and dishes that are toasty. Feb. 23 and 24, noon to 5 p.m. Free. Yorkville Park (Bellair and Cumberland streets), bloor-yorkville.com.
The singing actor and pride of Cranbrook, B.C., Brent gives charismatic cabaret, with a stage presence and flair as drinkable as the Searchers' Love Potion No. 9, a song likely on the set list. On hand with the Tony winner are his stand-by pianist Laura Burton and cellist George Meanwell, as well as violinist Anna Atkinson. In their repertoire as well is Leonard Cohen's Take This Waltz, an elegant piece of instruction in 3/4 time, and one from Mr. Carver well worth taking. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. and Feb. 24, 2 p.m. (and March 2 and 3). $20 to $40. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or youngcentre.ca.
The Artist Project
One of the themes to this art fair does not concern reversal, but it is about face. As part of a four-day fandango of juried contemporary art, one of the competitions has emerging artists submitting works based on their interpretation of "face," which could mean their own or somebody else's, or something entirely different. Are we sad? Content? Upset? Look at the face. As for judging human beauty by one's face, all we can say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – in this case, the eyes of the three discerning beholders who'll judge the competition. Feb. 23 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Feb. 24 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). $10 to $15. Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, theartistprojecttoronto.com.