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Five things to do this weekend in Toronto, Feb. 14 to 16

Brent Butt

The avuncular comedian brings an accessible brand of humour, with an average-Joe manner that is endearing. His current cross-country standup jaunt is called The Almost a Movie Star tour, which is a self-deprecating reference to a feature film that may or may not be deserving of such modesty. We'll know more when the movie – the comedy-mystery No Clue, staring the former Corner Gas star as a gumshoe in way over his head – opens on March 7. In the meantime, the likable Mr. Butt will be fine on stage, where he has always more than a clue. Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. $44.50 to $54.50. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 1-855-872-7669 or ticketmaster.ca.

HarbourKIDS Skating Festival

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All this Olympic business and fancy talk of Salchow jumps and quad whatnots have inspired you to lace up the blades and try your Lutz down at the rink, has it? That's fine, but while you're at it, check out the on-ice escapades of Le Patin Libre, a Montreal-based troupe committed to virtuosic ice dancing and blade-based self-expression. The skaters will be on call Sunday and Monday for short, showy, slippery performances and interactive episodes throughout a winter festival that also involves arts and crafts activities. Feb. 16 and 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Natrel Rink, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.

The Daisy Theatre

This production might seem tame to anyone who took in the adult show Puppet Up: Uncensored at the Panasonic Theatre this past fall, but make no mistake about it, the ambitious puppeteer Ronnie Burkett makes plays for adults. For the 13th production by his cult company, Theatre of Marionettes, the risky Mr. Burkett takes a break from full-length scripted shows to present a semi-improvised cabaret (featuring outrageous, string-controlled characters) that received a tryout at last summer's Luminato Festival. To Feb. 23, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.; Sundays, 8 p.m. $30. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., 416-504-9971 or factorytheatre.ca.

The Monkey Bunch

Monkeys do not only like bananas, they are similar to them in that they often come in bunches (sometimes in barrels, which is the long-established benchmark for fun). This week the Drake Hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary with a variety of deals and entertainment choices, including a pair of appearances this weekend by the family-friendly rock and roll pranksters, the Monkey Bunch. Other happenings include Monday's breakfast affair of flapjacks and cartoons (9 to 11 a.m., $10), with proceeds to benefit the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Feb. 16 and 17, 2:30 p.m. $10 ($30 for family of four). 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042.

Brewer's Backyard: Goldibocks and the Three Beers

The first beer was too light and the second beer was too hoppy, but the third beer was just right – as is so often the case. With four micro breweries supplying the product, a family-friendly occasion offers plenty of opportunity for tasting different sorts of malted liquids, including at least one seasonally-fitting bock. Appropriate food choices will be available at an indoor event that happens right next door to an outdoor skating rink. Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., brewersbackyard.com.

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