News & Events: Happy Birthday to Adornments on Queen, Cahoots presents Sister Mary, 51 Division Open House & more

ADORNING QUEEN EAST: Adornments on Queen is set to celebrate its third birthday on May 28, 2013. They’ve got some great deals to mark the occasion. Photo by Metrix X.

News & Events from the neighbourhood for the week of May 20, 2013

Corktown favourite Adornments on Queen is gearing up to mark their third anniversary at the corner of Queen & Parliament. To celebrate, they’re taking 30% off all regular prices in store between May 21 and May 31. If that weren’t enough, shoppers will also enjoy a free tea beverage and, for those who spend more than $100, the discount increases to 35%. Be sure to stop on by. Check the newsletter for all the details.

On stage now, don’t miss the return Kim’s Convenience, as presented by Soulpepper at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The show has been a smash hit since its 2012 debut, and takes place in a Korean convenience store in Regent Park — so you’ll get a little bit of local flavour. Tickets run from $32 to $68 for shows running through to June 19 — you can get them online.

There may still be a few tickets available for this week’s Artscape Salon: Picnic in the Park, happening Wednesday, May 22 at the Daniels Spectrum. The fund-raising event promises a lively cocktail reception, a sit-down dinner and lots of inspirational stories from all corners of the arts and cultural industries. Tickets are just $95, which is a bargain considering the great line-up of speakers. Visit the website for details.

On Thursday, May 23, our neighbours from the Esplanade are playing host to The Esplanadians, a fundraising event for arts-based community-engaged projects in the neighbourhood. The event will feature the backstage story The making of The Esplanade, in conversation with former mayors David Crombie and John Sewell, plus architect Alan Littlewood, facilitated by the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume. Tickets are just $50.

Returning to Corktown’s Alumnae Theatre on Thursday, May 23 for another run of shows, writer, actor and comedian Shelley Marshall presents Hold Mommy’s Cigarette. It’s an “autobiographical story revealing the truths of mental illness and how it can turn a steel town street kid into a world renowned Comedienne.” Tickets are available online.

On Thursday, May 23, Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Bistro will host a Local Food Movement Dinner with guest Charles Baker, the Director of Marketing and Sales at Stratus Vineyards. View the flyer for details, and remember to call quickly to book your spot.

Debuting with a preview show on Saturday, May 25, Cahoots Theatre Company presents the world premier of Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! at the Aki Studio Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum. I was sold as soon as I read this line in the description: “It’s a tender coming-of-age, coming-out-of-the-closet story with a wicked ‘mission impossible’ twist.” Tickets are available from just $15.

Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, the 51 Division Community Police Liaison Committee is holding a 51 Division Open House BBQ.  All residents and businesses are welcome to the event, which will feature guest band The Coppertones, guided tours of the station and complimentary hot dogs and pop. View the flyer for more information.

On Saturday, May 25, let them show you how they burlesque when The Firecrackers present Nudie Blues Redux at the Dominion on Queen. Featuring a long line-up of performers, their past burlesque shows have drawn raves. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets running just $15 at the door. Visit the event page for more details.

Also on Saturday, May 25, the Magic Oven Resto-Bar at 360 Queen Street East will present a night of soulful live music and poetry, all performed by WOMYN. Cover is just $10 — things kick off at 8 p.m. More details on Facebook.

Lastly, this weekend also marks the Doors Open event across Toronto. Stay tuned to for a post highlighting some local places you might want to check out.

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