Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
Befitting a man of many mediums, a major retrospective of the conceptualist Douglas Coupland's recent visual art, entitled everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, inhabits two places – the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Far from spreading anything thin, the ambitious exhibition pops with pop culture, won't let go of the Legos, slings the slogans and generally explores the 21st-century condition. To April 26 (ROM, $13 to $23, 100 Queen's Park) and to April 19 (MOCCA, free, 952 Queen St. W.), couplandto.ca.
Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival
If you prefer your beer mugs frosted, this outdoors affair of Ontario indie-label brews is for you. Food trucks will serve up deep-fried Canadiana and various poutine arrangements, but the attraction is the selection of suds, everything from Dead Elephant Ale to Square Nail Pale Ale to Sawdust City's Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus, a spaced-out stout with a funky finish. Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 to $25. Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd., craftbeerfest.ca.
Accidental Death Of An Anarchist
The playwright Dario Fo wanted his work to be useful, reflective and comical – "a vast mechanism to make people laugh about dramatic events." His 1970 satirical farce was inspired by a Milan bombing in 1969 and the mysterious death of the anarchist suspected of the crime. Here, Soulpepper's production is overhauled to concern current Toronto politics, a subject that is drama-prone and lampoonable. Feb. 5 to 21 (currently in previews). $29.50 to $89. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.
Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon
The bespectacled Beatle was not much of a jazz champion, but he was famously big on imagination. On Sunday, the guitarist Michael Occhipinti leads an ensemble that includes Elizabeth Shepherd, a sublime jazzer who envisions new approaches to the work of Mr. Lennon, the universal songwriter who knew about pools of sorrow and waves of joy, "drifting through my open mind." Feb. 1, 8:30 p.m. $22.50 to $25. Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., 416-531-6604 or hughsroom.com.
The Canadian Opera Company remounts Atom Egoyan's Die Walkuere, with the star American soprano Christine Goerke singing the defiant daughter Bruennhilde. Wagner's warrior-goddess blockbuster covers at least three love stories, all of which end badly. You may recognize the thrilling Ride of the Valkyries through Apocalypse Now or a Bugs Bunny cartoon – now it's time to know it from the epic source. Jan. 31 to Feb. 22. $49 to $354. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231 or coc.ca.