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Gregg Araki's Kaboom Opens in Toronto April 8

From a media release:

eOne Films presents
K A B O O M
A Film By Gregg Araki
Starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida and Juno Temple

Toronto exclusive engagement at the Bell Lightbox
Opens Friday, April 8, 2011

Smith’s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.

Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to find out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.

Running time: 86 minutes

Director Gregg Araki will be in Toronto for the following events,
In Person: Gregg Araki on Kaboom; Fr…

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony April 9 at the Sony Centre Toronto

From a media release:

“WHAT’S OPERA, DOC?”

WARNER BROS. PRESENTS BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY 

APRIL 9 AT THE SONY CENTRE - TORONTO

Bugs Bunny At The Symphony is a spectacular fusion of classic Warner Bros. cartoons projected on the big screen accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performing live.  George Daugherty conducts this brand new 20th Anniversary concert featuring Carl Stalling’s exhilarating original scores.

Bugs Bunny At The Symphony includes the show-stopping cartoons What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville– two Looney Tunes classics that top virtually every published list of “The World’s Funniest Cartoons” anywhere – and Shake Your Powderpuff, the first-ever Looney Tune which parodied the symphony orchestra world and laid the ground work for decades of classical music spoofs to come.

Celebrating two decades of Bugs Bunny on the concert stage, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony is the new sequel to the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert Bugs Bunny on Broadway that d…

Africa in Harlem: Salif Keita at the Apollo Theater April 9

From a release - be prepared for a West African jam like you've never seen:

Cross Cultural Exchange at the Apollo Presents:
Salif Keita
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 8 pm

In this special engagement on the Apollo Mainstage, internationally recognized afro-pop singer/songwriter Salif Keita, known as the Golden Voice of Africa, will reprise tracks from his latest album, La Difference, and perform new versions of some of his best-know hits, “Folon” and “Seydou.”

This concert is a presentation of the Apollo Theater under its Cross Cultural Exchange Series, which focuses on music artists or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.

Cross Cultural Exchange presentations focus on music artists or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based.  Many of the artists presented will represent cultural communities in Harlem and Upper Manhattan, such as artists from/of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Senegalese, Ivorian and Malian cul…

Carmen Unzipped: Jean Stilwell & Patti Loach Gala Benefit April 9

A benefit for young artists in Toronto:

A benefit gala to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the
Women's Art Association of Canada
at the Arts & Letters Club, Toronto.

Saturday April 9th, 2011: 6:30 Cocktails, 7:30 Dinner, 8:45 Show

Carmen UnZipped: Jean Stilwell and Patti Loach
with guest John Loach

• Tickets $150.00 include dinner, silent auction and show*.

Please phone 416-922-2060 for more information or to purchase tickets
A benefit gala to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the
Women's Art Association of Canada
at the Arts & Letters Club, Toronto.

The Women's Art Association of Canada assists young artists with scholarships to schools in various fields of the Arts such as The National Ballet School, The Royal Conservatory, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, The Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and George Brown The City College. Past scholarship recipients have included Measha Brueggergosman, Rex Harr…

Krautrock & Kosmische - the Unsound Festival at (le) Poisson Rouge NYC April 8

From a media release:

Unsound Festival New York 
with Alan Howarth, Harald Grosskopf, Emeralds 
Fri., April 08, 2011 / 6:00 PM

UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK returns Friday April 1st to Sunday April 10th. On Friday April 8th, FRKWYS Live: Unsound Edition event presented in collaboration with respected independent imprint RVNG INTL and (le) Poisson Rouge, two pioneers of synthesizer musicALAN HOWARTH and HARALD GROSSKOPF are joined by Cleveland trio EMERALDS showing the parallels between synthesizer music old and new. Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York.

The word “legendary” is bandied around a lot nowadays, but we can think of no other fitting description for Alan Howarth. Not only has he composed countless prodigious electronic movie scores with the film maker John Carpenter, starting with the classic “Escape From New York,” Howarth has also pioneered cinematic sound effects for decades.

From Hallo…

Ballet Creole's Antagonist at Fleck Dance/Harbourfront April 7 - 9

From various sources:

Ballet Creole | Antagonist...
Fleck Dance Theatre Toronto - April 7- 9, 2011

Featuring works by Artistic Director, Patrick Parson, Associate Choreographer Gabby Kamino and Guest Choreographer Jose Carret of Danza Corpus de Cuba.

Extending the language of dance with kinetic, physical and gracefully elegant expressions in tandem with contemporary Diasporic soul, Ballet Creole ushers in a new era in its maturity as one of Toronto’s top dance companies.

Ballet Creole heats up the stage with a sensual and sizzling collection of new and remounted works by some of Canada's top choreographers; Cuban-born choreographer, Jose Carret Morejon premieres an explosive ballet fuelled by Afro-Cuban rhythms entitled "The Antagonist". A duel of the sexes which explores the complexities of relationships and love. Canadian dance icons Danny Grossman and Debbie Wilson remount classic works from their company's repertoire. A unique opportunity not to be missed!

Ballet Cre…

Human Cargo's Night to Headline Factory Thtr's Performance Spring Apr 7 - 24

From a media release:

Factory Theatre's Performance Spring 2011’s headliner is Human Cargo’s Night

Toronto, ON –  March 2011…  The presentation of groundbreaking works from the national scene is an annual event at Factory Theatre.

• The Performance Spring Festival, April 7 – 24, 2011, is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Arts Presentation Fund.
• For more information about the Festival’s theatrically-imaginative performances of dance, drama and readings, see the website
• Tickets range from P-W-Y-C to $40.


Headlining the festival is Human Cargo’s Night. Shows of Night. “I saw a workshop of Night in Pond Inlet two years ago, and was stunned by the emotional power and visual clarity of the story,” says Factory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass, “I know Toronto audiences will be equally transported by this extraordinary theatrical encounter.”

In Night, the lives of a Toronto anthropologist and 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfu…

Blue Ceiling Dance & Marc Boivin at Harbourfront April 7 - 9

From a media release:

DanceWorks presents a special shared program featuring
BLUE CEILING DANCE (Toronto) and
MARC BOIVIN (Montreal)
Thursday, April 7 - Saturday April 9, 2011; 8PM

March 2011 - DanceWorks, Toronto's longest-running contemporary dance series, presents Lucy Rupert of Blue Ceiling Dance and Marc Boivin, two acclaimed dancer/choreographers, on a shared program running April 7 - 9 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

Lucy Rupert, founder and artistic director of Toronto's Blue Ceiling Dance and 2010 Chalmers Fellowship recipient, performs the world premiere of The animals are planning an intervention, an ambitious new solo to original music composed for a string quartet by acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah Slean. The solo explores thoughts on instinct and mortality, and mines emotion and physical virtuosity, searching for traces of the many animals that live inside us. Living in the boundary between animal being and human being, between profound love and a terri…

Montrealer Jon Davis New Single "Traumatic Head Injury"

From a media release:

Jon Davis
Personally triumphant song “TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURY”


“…If you like James Taylor, I think you will absolutely love Jon Davis. Very, very nice voice... very, very fine album by a Montrealer.” ~ CBC Radio One (Daybreak)

TORONTO – MARCH 2011 – Like hockey player Max Paccioretti, singer-songwriter and composer Jon Davis knows a thing or two about severe injury. He too suffered a debilitating head impairment and wrote a terrific song, “TRAUMATIC HEAD INJURY” to help in his recovery process.

It’s a devastating thing when sudden injury causes a long pause or even permanent diversion from one’s career or passion in life. The recovery period is long and arduous and there’s suddenly a lot of time to ponder the meaning of life.

Multi-talented Jon Davis was gearing up for a plum lead role in a professional musical theatre production, to begin right after earning his master's degree in music. Two days after graduating he hit his head and found himself in the hospital …

Opera Atelier Silver Anniversary 2011 Versailles Gala April 6

From a media release:

OPERA ATELIER HOSTS SPECTACULAR 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA

Event raises funds to support opera education and outreach programs


Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Opera Atelier, will present its 25th anniversary gala at The Carlu on April 6, 2011. The evening will be created in the grand style of Versailles, and will be a celebration of 25 years of the world’s pre-eminent opera ballet company specializing in period productions of 16th and 17th century repertoire.

Funds raised will be used to support Opera Atelier’s education and outreach programs which have been offered without charge to students since the company’s inception.

In honour of the 25th anniversary, the evening will feature special performances by world-renowned opera singers Measha Brueggergosman, Michael Maniaci and Krešimir Špicer. Guests will also be entertained throughout the evening by Artists of Atelier Ballet and the young dancers from the School o…

Scrabble with the Stars Toronto April 4

From a media release:

SEVENTH ANNUAL SCRABBLE® WITH THE STARS
Composer David Warrack to compose and perform a Scrabble With the Stars Anthem!


Toronto, March 2011
- Composer, conductor, pianist, producer, and long time Scrabble With The Stars enthusiastic supporter David Warrack will compose and perform a "Scrabble With The Stars Anthem" for the seventh annual Scrabble® With The Stars, event chair Vivienne Muhling announced. With a celebrity at every table, this signature fundraiser in aid of Performing Arts Lodges (PAL) Toronto takes place on Monday, April 4, beginning at 6:30pm at the elegant Arcadian Court, again hosted by fashion/lifestyle reporter Jeanne Beker and actor Barry Flatman.

Muhling also announced that Barbara Budd (previously CBC Radio's As It Happens co-host and Love, Loss, and What I Wore actor), young actor Jason Spevack (title role in Dino Dan on TVOKids) and singer Saidah Baba Talibah (newly-released CD, (S)Cream) join previously announced stars Mark Br…

Gladstone Hotel Toronto - Andalusian World Fusion with M El M'rabet April 1

From a media release:

Batuki Music Society and the Gladstone Hotel team up together for the 3rd year to present the World Concert Series that takes place on the first Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm. at the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. The concerts are free events. The series features a diverse lineup of performers with a strong focus on African music.

Friday April 1 - Andalusian World Fusion featuring M El M'rabet.
Dance Showcase by Jaivah Nouvel Expose featuring Fumu Jahmez.


M El M'rabet. A child of musicians, he grew up Granada, Andalusia, where he began studying the Oud as a child. Living where he did, it's not surprising that he was immersed in Andalusian music or that he was drawn to the traditions of its constituent elements: the music played by the East Indians, Turks, Kurds and Armenians, as well as music of the Roma, especially flamenco...

M El M'rabet has become a virtuoso on the Oud and a highly respected…

Benefits for Japan at le poisson rouge - Yoko Ono + friends then Taka Kigawa Mar 29 & Apr 2

From a media release - (Le) Poisson Rouge plays host to two benefits to aid Japan

YOKO ONO & FRIENDS TO JAPAN WITH LOVE
featuring Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, & Cibo Matto
Tue., March 29, 2011 / 10:00 PM


(Le) Poisson Rouge is proud to host YOKO ONO & FRIENDS TO JAPAN WITH LOVE, a benefit for relief efforts in Japan. Performers will include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto. We hope you'll join us for this important benefit event.

oko Ono is a multi-media artist who constantly challenges and stretches the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her seminal performance art, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon, and international one- woman shows and retrospectives illustrate her varied career.

In 2009 Yoko revived the Plastic Ono Band concept and recorded her 17th album “Between My Head and the Sky” to critical acclaim. On the Billboard Dance Charts Yoko …

Young Jean Lee & 13P Productions: We're Gonna Die April 1-30 at Joe's Pub NYC

From a media release:

YOUNG JEAN LEE AND FUTURE WIFE: WE’RE GONNA DIE
April 1 - 30 (see schedule at the bottom)
Joe's Pub, New York

“She offers the pleasure of brazen theatrical inventiveness.” – The New Yorker

In WE'RE GONNA DIE, provocative theater artistYoung Jean Lee explores human vulnerability with her hilariously disorienting signature style. Using herself as a guinea pig, non-performer Lee takes the stage herself along with her band, Future Wife, to tell stories and sing songs about our shared human weakness and failure.

Throughout her career of internationally acclaimed shows, Young Jean Lee has maintained the modus operandi that has guided her professional undertakings from the outset: Creating the show she feels least comfortable creating. Having continually taken up exceptionally challenging subject matter—e.g., black identity in The Shipment, and, most recently, her father’s terminal illness in LEAR—she is using her 13P production to stretch even further. Accustomed t…

NFB & Jeffrey St. Jules Experimental 3D Documentary in Production

From a media release:

Cameras roll on NFB live-action 3D film The St. Judes

Toronto, March 2011 – Principal photography has begun in Toronto on The St. Judes, a National Film Board of Canada experimental 3D documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules and produced by the NFB Ontario Centre’s Anita Lee.

The first NFB 3D documentary since 1986’s Transitions, The St. Judes combines archival footage, black-and-white recreations and 3D interviews to explore St. Jules’ troubled family history in the lumber camps of 1930s Northern Ontario.

Inspired by historical NFB series such as Canada Carries On, St. Jules contrasts the romantic mythology of Canada as a vast wilderness settled by brave pioneers with a portrait of his grandparents’ harsh reality. Plagued by unemployment, alcoholism and neglect, they relinquish custody of their five children, including St. Jules’ father. This theme of loss is amplified through modern-day interviews with real parents who also gave up their chi…

Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal Opens April 1 in Canada & U.S.

From a media release:

eOne Films and Summit Entertainment presents
SOURCE CODE

The film stars  Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright

In theatres nationwide on April 1st, 2011

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.

With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Dunc…

New York African Film Festival April 2 to May 27

From a release:

New York African Film Festival
April 2 through May 31 2011

April 2 - Harry Belafonte, Xenobia Bailey, and Zina Saro-wiwa for a panel discussion and screening

African Film Festival, Inc. and Film Society of Lincoln Center present the 18th edition of the New York African Film Festival! A multi-venue, two-month celebration of African arts and culture, taking place from April 2nd through May 31st, 2011, the festival will feature a gallery exhibition, fashion show, panel discussions, Q&As with directors and actors, live performances, and of course, the best in contemporary cinema from Africa and the Diaspora.


2011 has been designated as the ‘International Year of the Peoples of African Descent’ by the United 
Nations. AFF is honoring that declaration with an exploration of the historical and contemporary roles in the arts played by people representing the African Diaspora. This exploration will include a special focus on two countries from which so many people of the Afr…

EP Release: Folk/Pop Chanteuse Jill Goldberg's Girl, Polite

From a media release:

Boston-Based Folk-Pop Chanteuse & Songwriter JILL GOLDBERG Readies GIRL, POLITE for April Release

“Not Worth It”: Infectious New Single

New York – Evocative folk/pop chanteuse Jill Goldberg is set to release her sophomore release, GIRL, POLITE in April 2011. Produced by Mark Turrigiano (Ingrid Michaelson, Lissy Trullie), the 6-track EP is a musical exploration of identity, transition, and empowerment, drawing inspiration from personal experience and the world around her. Armed with a sound that reflects Sheryl Crow’s pop/rock sensibility, Sara Barielles’ vocal prowess, Basia Bulat’s poignant poetry, and Sarah McLachlan’s graceful delivery, GIRL, POLITE provides a solid testament to Jill’s burgeoning musicianship and undeniable spirit. Featured tracks include the driving lead single “Not Worth It” and the candidly cathartic title-track.

Over the course of her career, Jill’s music has been featured prominently on the Martha Stewart Show and Ralph Lauren’s Big Pony…

Women of Excellence in the Arts Evening March 28 in NYC

From a release:

Women of Excellence in the Arts Evening
Monday, March 28 at 7pm

An evening of conversation sharing the beauty and power of women in the arts as experienced through the unique artistic journeys of Carol Mailliard, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Ntozake Shange, Tamara Tunie, and Jawole Zilla Jo Willar.

Five renowned artists in illuminating conversation - not to be missed!
Hosted by award winning journalist, author, playwright and radio host Esther Armah (pictured right).

Riverside Theatre, New York - Monday, March 28 at 7pm

Carol Maillard
Carol is a founding member of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK. Carol is an accomplished actress and has performed in film, television, and on stage. Her theater credits encompass a wide range of styles from musical comedy and revues to drama and experimental. She has performed on and off Broadway. (Pictured left)

Ntozake Shange
Poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist, Ntozake Shange was propelled into the national literary and dramatic scene in 1974 with the…