Some listings to get your Luminato started this weekend:
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
Luminato First Night The Luminato Festival of arts and culture kicks off with music by the Count Bassie Orchestra and jazz prodigy Nikki Yanofsky plus dance lessons. 6:30-11 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. www.luminato.com.
count basie orchestra and nikki yanofsky outdoor concert as part of Luminato opening night celebration, Yonge-Dundas Square, 6:30 pm, free. www.luminato.com.
Allen Lambert Galleria Photos: Pierre Maraval, Jun 6-15. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay. www.luminato.com.
Brookfield Place StreetScape installation: Jesse Bransford, Jun 6-15. 181 Bay.
CTV Photos: Joni Mitchell, Jun 6-22. 277 Queen W. www.luminato.com.
U of T Photo projections: David Michalek, Jun 6-15, 9 pm. Hoskins and Tower. www.luminato.com.
Black Watch by Gregory Burke (Luminato/National Theatre of Scotland). Based on interviews with soldiers, this drama goes from a pub in Scotland to the Iraqi desert. (See related story, page 79.) Opens Jun 6 (7:30 pm) and runs to Jun 15, Tue-Thu and Sat (and Jun 15) 7 pm, Sun (and Jun 7) 1 pm, Jun 13 at 4:30 and 9 pm. $46. Varsity Arena, 275 Bloor W. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
BLiNK by the Soulpepper Academy (Luminato). This collective creation explores faith and meaning across three worlds. (See related story, page 79.) Opens Jun 6 and runs to Jun 15, Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat (and Jun 15) 8:30 pm, mats Sat (and Jun 15) 2:30 pm. $25. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. www.luminato.com.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (Dash Arts/Luminato). A South Asian cast fuses theatre with dance, songs, acrobatics and languages in this adaptation. Opens Jun 6 and runs to Jun 15, Wed-Sat (except Jun 6) 8 pm, Jun 6 and 15 at 7:30 pm, mats Jun 7 at 1 pm, Jun 8 at 4 pm, Jun 14-15 at 2 pm. $50-$70. Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
Sanctuary Song by Marjorie Chan and Abigail Richardson (Luminato/Tapestry/Theatre Direct). An aging elephant recounts her life story in this fusion of opera, dance and theatre. (See related story, page 81.) Previews Jun 6, opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 14, Wed-Sat 7 pm, Sun 6:30 pm, mats Jun 7 at 1 pm, Jun 8 and 14 at 2 pm. $25, stu $15. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
Mozart Dances Luminato and the Mark Morris Dance Group present dance set to Mozart's works for piano and orchestra, with live accompaniment. (See related story, page 80.) Jun 6-8, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $50-$70. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
johnny and the g-rays, the B-Girls, the parachute club, mary margaret o'hara and others, as part of Luminato Queen Street celebration, Grange Park (Beverley north of Queen), 1:30 to 10:45 pm, free. www.luminato.com.
james brown's soul generals and morris day and the time and others, as part of Luminato Funk Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, 1 pm, free. www.luminato.com.
the barra macneils, sierra noble, ashley macisaac and others as part of Luminato Scottish Music Festival, Yonge-Dundas Square, 1:30 pm, free. www.luminato.com
Elyse Friedman And Pasha Malla The authors discuss the craft of the short story. 2 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-395-5577, www.luminato.com.
Dennis Cleveland by Mikel Rouse (Luminato). Rouse presents his multimedia opera about salvation through popular culture in a talk-show setting. (See related story, page 80.) Jun 7-8, Sat 4 and 9 pm, Sun 7 pm. $35. Toronto Film School Studio, 39 John. 416-872-1111,
Where The Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring (Playhouse Theatre Company/Luminato). A native man meets the daughter he lost to social services 20 years earlier. (See related story, page 79.) Jun 7-8, Sat 4 and 8 pm, Sun 7 pm. $35. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
Light On Your Feet Salsa, tango, disco and Bollywood performances plus dance lessons. Today to Jun 11, 7-11 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. www.luminato.com.
Queen Street Celebration Music from the 80s with Parachute Club, Johnny & the G-Rays, Mojah and others plus videos and an exhibition of period artifacts and photographs. Noon-10 pm. Free. OCAD and Grange Park, 100 McCaul. www.luminato.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
Celebration Of Isaac Bashevis Singer Authors David Bezmozgis and Dara Horn pay tribute to the literary legend. 3 pm. $10. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
Shooting War Film screening and discussion on the graphic novel with author/illustrator Bernice Eisenstein (I Was A Child Of Holocaust Survivors) and underground comics author Spain Rodriguez (Che: A Graphic Biography). 7 pm. $10. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. 416-870-8000, www.luminato.com.
Rocket And The Queen Of Dreams by David S Craig (Roseneath Theatre/Luminato). Puppetry, shadow theatre and live performance are used to tell the story of a boy who fears monsters in his dreams. (See related story, page 81.) Opens Jun 8 and runs to Jun 15, Sat-Sun 2 pm, Jun 8 at 5 pm, Jun 14-15 at 11 am. $20, stu $15. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, 165 Front E. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe by George Ryga (Luminato). Ryga's play about a native woman who comes to the city gets a staged reading, plus dialogue with aboriginal artists. Jun 8 at 2 pm. $25. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. 416-872-1111, www.luminato.com.
Aboriginal Encounters Panel discussion with The Ecstacy Of Rita Joe playwright Kevin Loring and others. 5 pm. Free. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. www.luminato.com.
Crossing The Line: Disappearing Boundaries In The Arts Panel discussion with artists including set designer Michael Levine, composer Christos Hatziz and film director Marie Brassard. 1 pm. Free. Toronto Film School Studio, 39 John. www.luminato.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 9
gryphon trio as part of Luminato Festival, Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles West), 7:30 pm, $25-$35. 416-872-1111.
ron sexsmith, molly johnson, Alex Cuba, Luke doucet, danny michel and others as part of the Canadian Songbook Luminato concert, 7:30 pm, Massey Hall (178 Victoria), $40-$60. 416-872-1111.
Anthony De Sa And Caroline Adderson The authors discuss the craft of the short story. 12:30 pm. Free. Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen W. 416-393-7686.
Meet Dan Zanes Interative family sing-along. 4 pm. Free. Kiehls', 2518 Yonge. www.luminato.com.
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