Weekend Warrior: The Penelopiad, The Happy Show, Long Winter, the Toronto International Boat Show, Two Bite Saloon
By Ray Lontoc
The Penelopiad returns after a successful run last year (Image: John Lauener)
The Penelopiad is Margaret Atwood’s response to The Odyssey. Based on Atwood’s novella of the same name, this play (presented by Nightwood Theatre) tells the story of Penelope, who is in charge of the kingdom of Ithaca in Odysseus’ absence. When a play begins with the line, “Now that I’m dead, I know everything,” you know this isn’t going to be a boring lecture on Greek mythology from your school days.
C’mon, Get Happy
Winter getting you down? An exhibition from artist Stefan Sagmeister — who is known for his work with Levi's and for creating album covers for The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads — has just opened at the Design Exchange. The Happy Show, which runs until early March, is an exploration of happiness and a walkthrough of the artist's mind, touching on everything from meditation to mood-altering pharmaceuticals.
Long Day’s Journey of Music into Night
If you're hankering for some indie music and can't wait for NXNE, then make your way down to part three of the Long Winter festival on Friday. With live music and, best of all, a pay-what-you-can admission, this day-long event should satiate your musical cravings while getting you that much closer to spring.
This will Float your Boat
Last week, motorcycle enthusiasts braved the cold to attend the North American International Motorcycle Supershow, and this weekend boat enthusiasts should share a similar sentiment for their showcase. The Toronto International Boat Show, which makes use of a huge indoor lake comprised of one million gallons of Lake Ontario water, is just the right spot to get that touch of summer feeling in the middle of January.
Gettin’ Piggy With It
Skip the regular bar food that you usually order while watching the football game and head over to Bloor and Ossington. Two Bite Saloon turns into a serious pork purveyor this Sunday with an all-you-can-eat $25 special, chock full of roast pig, mac salad, baked beans and, thankfully, one pint of craft cask beer that's included in the cost.