The Year of Magical Thinking; Nov. 4-Dec. 12, Tarragon Theatre
Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, The Year of Magical Thinking chronicles journalist Joan Didion’s year of grieving following the death of her husband. Lead actress Seana McKenna is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and arrives with some major Canadian theatre pedigree: Previous roles include Shakespeare’s Juliet, Lady Macbeth and Viola at the Stratford Festival. Tue-Sat 8pm, Sat-Sun 2:30pm. $22-$44. 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827; tarragontheatre.com
heartbreak junction, Diptych; Nov. 4-6, Enwave Theatre
Toronto’s blackandblue dance projects provides DanceWorks with its first mainstage show of the season. The first part of the piece, The Solo, was performed and choreographed by celebrated artistic director Sasha Ivanochko and premiered to acclaim in Toronto in 2008. For the world premiere of her second section (The Duet), Dora Award-winner Brendan Wyatt joins Ivanochko for an intense study in love. Thu-Sat 8pm. $33.50/$22.50 seniors and students. 231 Queens Quay W. 416-937-4000; danceworks.ca
Crookers @ Digital
With L-Vis 1990, Ac Slater, Sbtrkt, Zeds Dead, Rynecologist, Marcus Visionary, Houdini, Hydee, More. Sat, Nov. 6. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St.
Italian duo Crookers headline the main room of Digital as part of their We Love Animals North American tour. Collaborating since 2003, the heavy-hitting duo of Bot and Phra blew up with remixes for the likes of AC/DC, Chromeo, Fever Ray, Lady Gaga and, of course, Kid Cudi’s Day ’N Nite. They’ve been touring heavily behind their 2010 debut album, Tons of Friends, and a recent remix of Green Velvet’s LaLa Land has added to the hype. Also not to be missed are British house producers L-Vis 1990, whose new tune, Forever You, is pure beauty. $25.
Nov. 4-6, 8 p.m. $44.25-$66.75. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.
The singer, storyteller and one heck of a Scottish stereotype plays three nights this week at Massey Hall while his acting career puts him onscreen next month with Jack Black in Gulliver’s Travels. The six-foot-tall comic will be playing against type as the diminutive King of Lilliputia.
Nov. 5, Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., 9 p.m.
José González is more famous for his solo work, but he’s actually been fronting Swedish band Junip since the late ’90s. After only releasing a single and an EP in the previous decade, Junip finally released their full-length album, Fields, this year. Both live and on wax, they sound like a band that’s been playing together for years — because they have. $18.75.
Violens, Nov. 7, Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., 8 p.m.
After releasing an impressive array of psychedelic pop EPs and mixtapes, the new-wave-esque band from New York City were making waves with their debut full-length album, Amoral, in October. Lead vocalist and guitarist Jorge Elbrecht, who is known for his work with Lansing-Dreiden, describes their sound as the musical depiction of a nightmare. Fun stuff! $10-$12. 8 p.m.