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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of March 27th

Monday, 27 March 2017 09:22

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


What other Canadian city offers the type of access Torontonians have to the world’s foremost filmmakers!? On Monday night, don’t miss your chance to get rush seats to see Academy Award nominee and beloved Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley revisiting her celebrated adaptation of Alice Munro's story "A Bear Came Over the Mountain,".  “Away From Her” stars Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.

This screening is a part of TIFF’s ‘Books on Film’ series.

Tuesday night at Lightbox, director Ted Kotcheff is onstage to look back at his six decades in film. He will introduce a special screening of First Blood, followed by a book signing of his new autobiography, Director's Cut: My Life in Film.

Rush tickets only for Tuesday night as well. Click here for details on both events.

Added film bonus: This week sees the return of a popular documentary on the Blues at Hot Docs Bloor Cinema. “I Am The Blues” was a hit last year at the Hot Docs Festival…

Some of the last of the living blues legends weigh in on the art form for this doc. You will meet Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, who has been running the Blue Front Cafe for 43 years, an institutional juke joint along the Mississippi Blues Trail. This film is a musical travelogue that takes you from front porches to church halls and beyond. “I Am The Blues” is part of the ongoing collaboration between The Royal Conservatory and Hot Docs, it screens Tuesday night at 6:30pm. The night Includes a post-screening Q&A with Raoul Bhaneja from blues act, Raoul and the Big Time, and the Conservatory’s Mervon Mehta will moderate.


One of the names you run into a lot in standup comedy circles is Godfrey. The comedian makes his way to Toronto this weekend. His stint begins on Thursday night at Yuk Yuk’s in downtown Toronto

Godfrey continues to be one of the most dominant forces in the comedy circuit. Along with his own one-hour special on Comedy Central, the comedian recently starred in the FX pilot “Bronx Warrants”, adding to his onscreen credits which include “Zoolander”, “30 Rock” and a recurring role on “Louie”. To learn more about Godfrey’s standup shows this week. Click here for more.


On stage, this week sees something provocative from Canadian Stage. “Kiss” begins its run at the Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre. The story follows two couples meeting for dinner with war raging around them. Something intense and romantic happens, and then, one of them dies. Its Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's newest play and it opens Tuesday night. Click here for tickets.

BONUS: A reminder that the “One of Kind Spring Show” will open at the Enercare Centre on the Ex Grounds this weekend, always a great event!

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