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A piece by Didier Courbot. Exhibit runs to Dec. 3 at the Susan Hobbs Gallery

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ART

Didier Courbot

The French artist uses found objects – an Ikea chair, a coat rack – and reworks them into interesting pieces, which he leaves on the street and parks for passersby, be they art lovers who appreciate the offbeat gesture or garbage collectors who are less romantic. Photos of these site-specific sculptured commentaries on revaluing and recycling make up an exhibit that also includes an installation of things inside white plastic baggies. To Dec. 3. Free. Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth St., 416-504-3699.

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CLUBS

Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays

Super-fly and bacon-greasy soul-funk from Ottawa serves credibly as Canada's answer to the retro-Daptone scene in Brooklyn. Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m. $12. El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave., 888-222-6608.

Coeur de Pirate

About the young Béatrice Martin, the celebrity blogger Perez Hilton once posted an endorsement for the Montreal singer-songwriter's French-language chansons: "We have no idea what she is saying, but this is lovely!" On her ambitious new pop album Blonde, Ms. Martin now sings a little in English, which should translate into wider success for the former YouTube sensation. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. $21. Mod Club, 722 College St., 888-222-6608.

CONCERTS

Lang Lang

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How about a nice round of applause for Lang Lang – he'll be here all week. The Chinese pianist is no lounge act, but he will indeed be around for a bit. A residency with the TSO has the virtuoso performing all five of Beethoven's piano concertos. Nov. 9, 10, 12, 17 and 19. 8 p.m. $49 to $179. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255.

Patrick Watson & Wooden Arms

The Montreal outfit makes a magical, ambient sort of rock music – sometimes dreamy, but usually more intense on stage – here with the sparkling indie-pop singer Amy Millan for a closing-night concert for the ongoing McLuhan 100 festival. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $30 to $35. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208.

Tapestry's Pub Operas

It ain't over until the mezzo-soprano drinks: A five-scene production celebrates the character-soaked history of the Glasgow's oldest pub, Sloans, inhabited by young lovers, sore losers and the ghosts of Chopin. Nov. 10 to 12, 8 p.m. $30. Ernest Balmer Studio, 55 Mill St., 416-537-6066, ext. 243.

THEATRE

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The Life and Times of Mackenzie King

Using a black box as a frame for the farcical, stylized action, the writer-director Michael Hollingsworth stages his historical hallucinations in rapid succession, interweaving a cynical story of a peculiar prime minister with tales of more common folk – work-camp hobos, crystal-ball readers and booze smugglers. Opens Nov. 10 (now in previews). $20 to $40. Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W., 416-703-1725.

Ride the Cyclone

Described by Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck as "probably the most uproarious and outrageous piece of musical theatre Canada has ever produced," the 2010 Summerworks hit from Victoria's Atomic Vaudeville theatre company takes audiences on a thrill ride, compassionately but hilariously telling the story of small high-school choir that perishes in a roller-coaster accident. Nov. 14 to Dec. 3 (previews begin Nov. 10). $15 to $35. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave., 416-504-7529.

DANCE

Love Lies Bleeding

Hold me closer, tiny dancer: The Alberta Ballet's razzle-dazzle choreography is sexy, with echoes of Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins and the glitz and glamour of pop star Elton John, whose pop music (co-written with lyricist Bernie Taupin) inspired this spiffy, circus-y ballet. Nov. 8 to 12. $20 to $190. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 855-985-5000.

Living Dances

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie presents a touring program of James Kudelka-choreographed classics: Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, Soudain l'hiver dernier and In Paradisum, 27 minutes of pure and provocative lyricism from 1983, originally created for Montreal's Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. $20 to $35. Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E., 416-364-8011.

LITERATURE and LECTURE

Giller Light Bash

Tuxedo at the cleaners? Forgo the glitzier official literary gala in favour of a party that often sees gadflies and the greater literati dropping by late for a cocktail. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30 to $35. The Burroughes, 639 Queen St. W., gillerlightbash.ca.

Joan Didion

In the 2005 bestseller The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion broke down the ordeal of losing her husband. With her new Blue Nights, she explores the tragedy that followed: the death of their daughter. The U.S. author reads and is interviewed by the estimable Margaret MacMillan about aging and the anxieties of raising and losing a child. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. $10. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.

FILM

International Diaspora Film Festival

The event of films and videos made by diasporic cineastes continues with tonight's double bill of Burma, in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar pro-democracy leader who was freed from house arrest last year after spending most of the last two decades detained by a military junta. Lady of No Fear, the documentary that charts her life, is followed by Burmese Dreaming, Timothy Syrota's artful film on a refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., diasporafilmfest.com.

FUNDRAISER

Porridge For Parkinson's Breakfast

Prepared by top pot-watchers including Jamie Kennedy and Donna Dooher, the mush is lush at this breakfast at a private Rosedale mansion in benefit of the Parkinson's Society of Canada. Nov. 6, 10 a.m. $125. 93 Highland Ave., 416-227-3378.

Pat Thornton's 24 Hours of Comedy

Take my watch – please! In help of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Toronto comic looks for the giant hook from off stage that never comes when he wings it and zings it for a full day and night. Incoming joke tweets and e-mails are gratefully accepted; the event streams alive at ustream.tv/channel/the-pat-thornton-show. Nov. 7, 6 p.m. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 416-898-5324.

FREE

enRoute Film Festival

Not only are the 21 short films free, in the event of a sudden drop of air pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your seats. The films deemed by judges to be the best will later be available on Air Canada flights. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W., enroutefilm.com.

COMEDY

Debra DiGiovanni: Single Awkward Female

In fact, there's nothing awkward about the scrappy stand-up's unmarried status at all. The riotous comedienne has fun with her comfortably man-free lifestyle, headlining a tour with male jokesters beneath her (on the bill, that is). Nov. 5, 8 p.m. $29.50. Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga, Ont., 905-615-4720.

Sketch Comedy Festival

Headliners at this year's edition of the annual happening include Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly, the two pranksters responsible for the satirical CBC Radio mock-up This Is That. Fear not, though, the festival is the real thing, with other must-sees including the hot Halifax troupe Picnicface and Scott Thompson and Kevin Macdonald, the duo who bring their hit show Two Kids One Hall (Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Lower Ossington Theatre)to the affair. Nov. 8 to 13. $15 to $20. Various venues, torontosketchfest.com.

EVENT

Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia Night

Alas, no Flaming Moes are to be served. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635.

Found vs. Found

What's wackier – films or written material? Found Magazine faces off against the Found Film Festival in a contest to decide which form of unintentionally funny archival material is the more entertaining. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. $15. Royal Cinema, 608 College St., foundfootagefest.com.

FAMILY

Mary Poppins

When it comes to famous umbrellas, there's Rihanna, there's Gene Kelly, there's Batman's Penguin and there's the plucky nanny Mary Poppins. The latter is the title character in this hit musical of whimsy and memorable song, the fruit of a collaboration between Cameron Mackintosh ( The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Misérables) and Disney. Begins Nov. 10. $45 to $170. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., 416-872-1212.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Some of the butter sculptures are absolutely towering, hence the term "high cholesterol." Llamas, rodeo happenings and creative uses of barnyard milk fat are just part of the annual farm-fancying event. To Nov. 13. $16 to $22. Exhibition Place, 855-872-7777.

Seussical

Not only is there no junk in his trunk, Horton the Elephant is big-hearted and sensitive to the plight of the residents of super-tiny Whoville. A musical, based on the landmark books of Dr. Seuss, entertains charmingly. Nov. 7 to Dec. 30. $15 to $20. Young People's Theatre, 165 Front St. E., 416-862-2222.

CONTINUING

Christopher House's Pteros Tactics Nov. 5, Winchester Street Theatre, 416-967-1365.

Opera Atelier's Don Giovanni To Nov. 5. Elgin Theatre, 855-622-2787.

Bharati: The Wonder That Is India To Nov. 6. Sony Centre, 855-872-7669.

Fela! To Nov. 6. Canon Theatre, 416-872-1212.

Sleepwalk Guitar Festival To Nov. 6. Great Hall, sleepwalkguitar.com.

Two Pianos Four Hands To Nov. 20. Panasonic Theatre, 416-872-1212.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! To Jan. 1. Bathurst Street Theatre, 855-985-2787.

BOOKING AHEAD

Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic: Team Salming vs. Team Bourque Nov. 13. Air Canada Centre, hhof.com.

It's Always Something (Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Andy Kim) Nov. 19. Sony Centre, 416-214-9898.

Prince Nov. 25 and 26. Air Canada Centre, 855-985-5000.

Roger Waters' The Wall June 23. Rogers Centre, 855-985-5000.

bwheeler@globeandmail.com

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