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Five things to do this weekend: Patti Smith, Wavelength and more

Toronto quartet Cookie Duster plays the Wavelength Music Festival this weekend.

Bon Jovi

The emotive Bed of Roses singer Jon Bon Jovi leads his New Jersey arena-rockers for a pair of local performances, tickets for which are suitable make-up gifts for the cads who forgot Valentine's Day flowers earlier in the week. Female fans adore the heartfelt sentiments, while their male counterparts cotton to the fist-pumping anthems . Bon Jovi music makes for bedfellows – nothing strange about the arrangement. Feb. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. $28 to $592. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or


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Patti Smith: Camera Solo An eclectic celebration of Patti Smith has been happening in Toronto of late and it has nothing to do with poetic New Yorker's riveting music. Earlier this month, Cowboy Mouth (a small 1971 play co-written by Ms. Smith and Sam Shepherd) enjoyed a short run at the Cameron House. And now an exhibition of her photographs and sketches is up at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Those who appreciate her songs value the 66-year-old's rawness. As for the camera work, her lens, as always, is unfiltered. To May 19. $11 to $19.50 ($49 family pass). Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648 or


From the House of Mirth

The choreographer James Kuldelka once explained his multidisciplinary adaptation of The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton's gilded-age novel about a woman who loses everything: "My goal was to make a theatrical version of a very beautifully told story … If it takes dancers and singers and musicians to do it, that only makes it more interesting and stretches some boundaries." The result is a theatrically sumptuous retelling of a sad tale in the age of greed, presented by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. To Feb. 24 . $50. Citadel, 304 Parliament St., 416-364-8011 or


Toronto Black Film Festival

The first annual affair bills itself as "cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening." Okay, Toronto Black Film Festival, you have our attention. As for keeping it, films this weekend include Inside Story, an uplifting Kenyan-South African feature on HIV and soccer (Saturday, 9 p.m., Carlton) and Last Flight to Abuja , at true story about a scary commercial flight that will have viewers looking for personal flotation devices (Sunday, 7 p.m., Royal). To Feb. 17. $10 to $15. The Royal (608 College St.) and Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.).

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Wavelength Music Festival

The indie-music fandango celebrates its 13th edition, with nothing unlucky bound to happen. Two days remain for the four-day affair, with headliners that include Toronto's Do Make Say Think, who specialize in random verbs and post-rock adventures (Saturday, Great Hall) and Cookie Duster, a magical, upbeat quartet who sing "We got something, it feels good" infectiously (Sunday, Garrison). Feb. 16 (9 p.m., $15 to $18, Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.) and Feb. 17 (9 p.m., $10 to $13, Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W.).

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