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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF JULY 24th

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


    AGO: THE FINAL WEEK OF “GEORGIA O’KEEFFE”

    You have until Sunday to catch the massive Georgia O'Keefe Exhibit at the AGO. She is a modernist master and one of the most striking American artists to find prominence in the 20th Century. Georgia O’Keeffe’s story is told by over 80 of her paintings and dozens of photographs adorning the walls of the AGO. It’s an exhibition put together in cooperation with the Tate Modern in London. On display, her desert landscapes painted while she lived in New Mexico, her New York City nocturnes, her early abstracts, and Georgia’s ubiquitous depictions of flowers that still have people debating their use of sexuality to this day.


    Mark Wigmore spoke to the Associate Curator of the exhibit, Georgiana Uhlyarik.

    What a life Georgia O’Keeffe lived, her tale is as interesting as her paintings, and you learn about both at this major Art Gallery of Ontario Exhibit. www.ago.net for info, it runs through July 30th.


    BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL: STREETFEST

    All summer it’s been street fest a go-go - Bloordale, Little India, Little Italy and Ossington. But one of the most exciting and well entrenched street festivals in Toronto is the beloved Streetfest as part of the Beaches Jazz Festival.

    Once again, Streetfest will be held on Queen Street East. This huge event featuring music, food and shopping will host dozens of bands playing Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B, Ska and Soul. In fact, over 45 acts are set to perform over three nights this week, beginning Thursday. Queen East is closed between Woodbine to Beech Avenue from 6-11pm each night. www.Beachesjazz.com for info.


    TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL

    With so many jazz festivals happening in Southern Ontario over the summer, Niagara stands out thanks to a solid musical lineup, beautiful venues and the richness of the culinary and wine scene of the region.

    The 4th Annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival begins on Friday and boasts of performances from 40 different acts, featuring about 100 musicians who will be taking the various stages. On hand,  The Adrean Farrugia Trio, The Jazz FM91 Youth Big Band, Shirantha Beddage, The Barbra Lica Quintet, Turbo Street Funk, Bernie Senensky's Moe Koffman Legacy Band with Bill McBirnie, Laila Biali and a Celebration of Oscar Peterson with the John Sherwood Trio featuring Dave Young and Terry Clark. www.niagarajazzfestival.com for tickets and info.


    BONUS IDEAS:

    LULA LOUNGE: CARMEN ON TAP

    It’s the return of Carmen on Tap at a new venue this year. Opera star Julie Nesrallah takes her brash and sassy club-classical opera experience to the Lula Lounge on Sunday. She spoke to Jazz FM91 about the role last year.

    Along with her cast, Julie takes on Georges Bizet’s famous score, and Carmen is presented while you enjoy dinner and drinks at Lula. The cast works around you during the event. To pick up tickets its www.carmenbound.com


    TARRAGON THEATRE: PERMANENCE

    Permanence is enjoying a run at Tarragon Theatre this summer, and there’s been lots of chat around this show, much in part because it deals with big questions around sexuality and intimacy, and from the female perspective. It arrives direct from the UK with a powerhouse group of Theatre makers in town to stage it. Sex, art and addiction clash in the provocative new play that asks us if one can ever truly love if one is lying to oneself? It’s recommended for ages 15+ because of language and nudity.  It runs through August 6th at Tarragon. http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/permanence/






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