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Five things to do this weekend in Toronto: Jan. 25-26

Rosanne Cash is performing on Jan. 25 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, Ont.

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Robbie Burns Day

"And we'll tak' a right guid-willie waught …" Oh, you bet we will. The annual salute to the stellar Scottish poet Robbie Burns is shared among some of the town's finer whisky bars. Those who run The Caledonian, for example, are particularly enthusiastic, spreading the festivities over four nights and wrapping it up with a three-course dinner on Saturday. Bags will be piped, haggis will be had, whisky will be drained and Highland dancing will happen. By the end of the night, it's possible that not every spoken word will be decipherable. Jan. 25, 5 and 8 p.m. $45 (sold out). 856 College St., 647-547-9827.

Interior Design Show

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Nothing has accelerated the interest in interior design more than cable shows devoted to drapery fixations and general adornment – "decor porn," as it has been dubbed. Nothing beats the real thing, which is why this feng shui fandango is so popular among the Trading Spaces set. On Saturday, The Globe hosts a day of seminars and conversations, including a chat between style maven Amy Verner and Rafael de Cardenas, of New York's Architecture at Large. Jan. 25 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Jan. 26 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). $19 to $22. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.,

Rosanne Cash

Thomas Wolfe, a southerner, wrote that you can't go home again. Rosanne Cash, a singer-songwriter and daughter of an Arkansas-born, I've Been Everywhere-singing icon, might disagree. Her new album is The River and the Thread, a country-souled travelogue of the Mississippi Delta and the music and stories of the region where she was born, but had left behind. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, Ont.; Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont.; Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Rose Theatre, Brampton, Ont; Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Flato Markham Theatre, Markham, Ont.,

Performing Taiwan

Four days are given over to promote the variety of the contemporary arts scene in the former Formosa. Highlights include a Taiwan rock experience at Harbourfront's Lakeside Terrace (with the bands 1976 and Bearbabes on Saturday, 5 p.m.), and tabletop puppetry and contemporary dance on Friday and Saturday (from Short One Player Theatre, Dance Theatre XX and Tussock Dance Theatre, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre). The aim is to showcase artists who look outward, with a global perspective. After all, no island is an island any more. To Jan. 25. Various venues. Free.

Heartbeat of Home

"If Riverdance embodies the lush, velvet, Gaelic experience," John McColgan told The Globe this week, "Heartbeat of Home represents the pared-down athlete." The director Mr. McColgan and his producer wife Moya Doherty gave us Riverdance 20 years ago. Now they come with Heartbeat of Home, a North American-premiering production that uses Riverdance's wall of synchronized step-dancers, but adds Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the jig, along with a limber new breed of Irish hoofers. To March 2. $35 to $130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., 416-872-1212 or

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