News: A Woman of No Importance hits the stage, open mic at Magic Oven & more

photo from balcony

NEW CORKTOWN AT NIGHT: The colourful view from on high at 510 King Street East looking down St. Lawrence Street. Photo by Sandra Iskander.

The big news this week is that Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman Of No Importance” is set to debut at Alumnae Theatre on Friday, January 25. The production, as directed by Paul Hardy, transplants the nineteenth century story to the 1980s, with stars Andrew Batten, Andy Fraser, Áine Magennis  and Nicholas Porteous. Performances are scheduled to run until February 6, with tickets running $20 for 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Performances on Wednesday at 8 p.m. are two-for-one, while Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. are pay-what-you-can affairs. Find all the details online.

On Tuesday, January 22, the Magic Oven at 360 Queen Street East presents its very first Open Mic Night, promising “musicians, poets, comedians, entertaining people who aren’t necessarily entertainers, river-dancers, limestone-carvers” and more! Doors open at 8 p.m. for sign-ups and spectators. All are welcome – view more information on Facebook.

On Thursday, January 24, the Wee Folk Club, “a recreation of what was best in British folk clubs: (a) small room in a pub where singers sang songs with stories in them,” moves to their new permanent home at the Dominion on Queen for a night of music with Alex Sinclair and John Wort Hannam. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with cover running just ten bucks.

If you’re looking for a fun (and local) way to stay warm this winter, why not try a brewery tour at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company in the Distillery District. Running every Saturday and Sunday, the tour costs just 15 bucks a person and includes a tasting. You’ve got to be 19-years-or-older, naturally.

Queen Street East mainstay Adornments on Queen has published their January 2013 newsletter, with a flurry of deals to brighten up your winter. Take a look!

Also on stage, BlogTO’s Keith Bennie has given a strong review to Kristen Thomson’s “Someone Else”, running at the Berkeley Street theatre until February 2. Grab your tickets online through CanStage.

Over the weekend, the Toronto Star had an interesting piece on the flurry of development in the West Don Lands. Most interesting tidbit (to me) was the description of the YMCA rec centre coming to Cherry Street: “4,645 square metres (50,000 square feet) of space for community activities, a gymnasium, fitness studios, a swimming pool, multi-purpose rooms and an 1,020-square-metre (11,000-square-foot) accessible green roof.”

Lastly, new Corktown business the Mint Boutique – currently tucked away next to construction hoarding in the Distillery District – got a good review from BlogTO last week. The boutique offers “items that are meant to last, and staples that serve as humble canvasses for braver style statements.” Definitely worth a look!

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