Stand Up For Mental Health
Experience a unique comedy program that features sets by comics with mental health issues. Founded by Vancouver counsellor, comic and author David Granirer, SMH is a nationwide workshop that serves to reverse prejudiced representations of mental disability through the work of the comedians. SMH is equal parts a recovery and rehabilitation program. Friday, Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin, 7 p.m., 416-583-4339, $5-$10.
Following last year’s acclaimed production of Dido & Aeneas, Opera Erratica presents the second production in their Underground/Opera series. This time it’s Orlando/Lunaire, a visual smorgasbord that combines Handel’s Orlando and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The opera will be performed in an industrial-housing space, juxtaposing the sumptuous visuals of the 17th century with gritty, urban modernity. Baroque meets the backstreets in this truly unique event for opera enthusiasts. Aug. 22–28, Industrial Shed: 128 Sterling, 8 p.m., $20-$35, 1-800-838-3006.
Spirit of Diversity & Our Fragile Planet
Pablo Picasso once said “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” For Toronto sculptor-painter Francisco Castro Lostalo, destruction is replaced by an act of recycling in his latest Spirit of Diversity symposium. Joined by fellow sculptor Janet Candido and a special artist delegation from Costa Rica, Lostalo aims to create original works of art from Italian Carrara marble panels resurrected from the façades of the First Canadian Place building. Mon-Fri, Aug 20-31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Canadian Place outdoor park space, 100 King W., Free, 416-988-3530.
Sean Kingston — discovered on MySpace by Forest Hill–raised superproducer J.R. Rotem — will be performing his blend of teen pop/faux-reggae in support of the Biebster — discovered on YouTube and introduced by Usher. Since ’07’s Beautiful Girls, the Miami-bred Kingston has achieved international stardom. If his recent collab with Nicki Minaj is any indication, though, he may soon be ready to abandon teen pop. Air Canada Centre, Saturday, 7 p.m., Sold out.
Despite being kings of ear-melting sludge, New York noise-rockers Unsane always had a sense of humour, from the blackly comic decapitation scene on their self-titled 1991 disc (the victim was wearing a Member’s Only jacket) to their hit Scrape video featuring endless shots of skaters going for tricks and beefing it. We love ya, guys, but please, ’ball caps to the front. With Keelhaul, Today Is The Day, more. Sneaky Dee’s, Sunday, $16.50, 8 p.m.
Following three-plus years of producing monthly “crazy dance parties” as Tight Knit, the resident DJ foursome is calling it quits as a crew. All will continue to DJ, but in the meantime, they’ll unravel this project with a big bang — joining them in what will be her Toronto debut is Chicago’s Dani Deahl. Goodbye Tight Knit With Duotone (Live). Augusta House, Saturday, $5 before midnight.
Mix of Six: Aug. 20-22
Stand Up For Mental Health