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A painting by Charles Bierk is among the works at Art Toronto 2012, at the Metro Convention Centre until Sunday. (JENNIFER ROBERTS FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
A painting by Charles Bierk is among the works at Art Toronto 2012, at the Metro Convention Centre until Sunday. (JENNIFER ROBERTS FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

What to do in Toronto: Oct. 27 - Nov.2 Add to ...


André Kertész: Self-Portraits

He was a man ahead of his timer. André Kertész, a pioneer in self-portrait photography (without the benefit of an iPhone), is the focus in an exhibit of an artist who couldn’t get enough of himself. Oct. 27 (opening reception, 2 to 5 p.m.) to Nov. 24. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W., 416-504-0575.


Der Freischütz (The Marksman)

Carl Maria von Weber’s opera, more often studied than performed, is about Faustian bargains, satanic huntsman, magic bullets and a young man whose aim is unproven. In this Opera Atelier production, Croatian tenor Krešimir Špicer is the titular marksman. To Nov. 3. $40 to $160. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 1-855-622-2787.

Chris Isaak

The charismatic crooner made his name with the sexy-brooding Wicked Game song and video, but his grand-old outfits reveal him as a twangier fella. His latest album is Beyond the Sun, a collection of Sun Record slowies and rockabilly classics recorded at Sam Phillips’ famed studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $35 to $89.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255.

Bettye LaVette

“Would I become an old lady, begging for dollars while singing some two-bit blues in a tired voice I could no longer control?” So wrote the dramatic Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette, about a rough patch in the 1970s, from her new memoir A Woman Like Me. Now, with her decade-long comeback showing no signs of slowing, its seems her worst fears will go unrealized. Nov. 1, 8 p.m. $36 to $56. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 1-855-985-5000.


Father John Misty

The solo album from the former Fleet Foxes’ drummer is called Fear Fun, which might be a sardonic comment on the serious nature of that sensitive, pastoral troupe to which he once belonged. On his own, the curious troubadour Josh Tillman (a.k.a. Father John Misty) is offbeat, with alt-folk craft that suggests a stoned admiration for Loudon Wainwright III and Gram Parsons. Oct. 27, 9 p.m. $14.50 to $16 (sold out). Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., 1-855-985-5000.

The Weeknd

The Drake R&B protege Abel Tesfaye has yet to release a proper album, and perhaps he never will. His first major-label release is to be Trilogy, a forthcoming multidisc package that gathers the material of his three mixed tapes and a few newer tracks. The thin-voiced Toronto artist is a press-shy character of Ethiopian descent and subterranean hype, with a slant on urban music that is sexy, moody and idiosyncratic. Nov. 2 to 5, 9 p.m. $46 (tickets remaining for Nov. 5 only). Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., 1-855-985-5000.


The War of the Worlds

Forget about the Martians. Sean Cullen is coming! The comic actor stars with Nicholas Campbell in a live recreation of a radio drama based on H.G. Wells’s frightening futurism.

As with last year’s sold-out run, the Art of Time production includes a concert of high-drama soundtrack music – Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, Psycho and Cape Fear – composed by Bernard Herrman. Oct. 30 to Nov. 4. $25 to $59. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.


Thirteen years after directing Soulpepper’s Dora-winning production of Samuel Beckett’s trash-can classic, Daniel Brooks returns (with original cast member Diego Matamoros) to rework a play about co-dependency and the strategy of life. Oct. 31 to Nov. 17 (previews begin Oct. 26). $32 to $68. Young Centre, 55 Mill St., 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.

Speaking in Tongues

Written for four actors (each of whom play a minimum of two characters), the tense Australian drama involves a missing woman, four marriages, interweaving plot points and an irregular structure that critics have found to be clever and provocative. In 2001 its was adapted into the film Lantana, starring Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, and Barbara Hershey. Nov. 1 to 24 (previews begin Oct. 29). $22 to $49. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110.


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