Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd., presents The Storied Harp, March 24, at 1:30 p.m.
Join storyteller Tom Allen of CBC Radio as he narrates this Greek myth-inspired tale of sex, abduction and revenge, full of seductive nymphs, hideous monsters and flawed heroes. Harpist Lori Gemmell performs Songs of Nymphs by Marjan Mozetich and The Crown of Ariadne by R. Murray Schafer.
The Storied Harp is the first of three concerts this spring at Kingston Road U.C. This performance is one hour, and there will be no intermission, so be sure to arrive on time. Tickets are $20, or $50 for the series, and are available by calling 416-699-6091, or by visiting kruc.ca.
Red, Whyte & Tollar will be appearing at The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St., March 23. Red, Whyte & Tollar are three jazz vocalists: Carin Redman, Thyron Lee Whyte and Yvette Tollar, whose repertoire of pop, soul and jazz has been earning them a reputation in Toronto’s jazz scene. They will be accompanied by Mark Kieswetter and Ross MacIntyre.
Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. To order tickets call 647-347-6567, or visit pubaret.com.
The Scarborough Players present the courtroom drama Inherit the Wind, April 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 at the Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. The play, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is a fictionalized account of the controversial 1925 Scopes monkey trial. It presents the compelling debate between Creationism and Darwinism and deals with intellectual freedom and the right to think and teach. It’s a debate that continues to be waged in some states even now. Inherit the Wind was first produced in 1955 and has had many revivals since.
Inherit the Wind stars Cara Robinson, Sarah Unan, Tim O’ Connell and Rachel Brown and is directed by Katherine Turner. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students with group rates available. They can be ordered through the box office at 416-267-9292, or online at theatrescarborough.com. Performances are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 14.
Guitarist/composer/poet Mark Battenberg presents Eternal Spring: The Angus MacKay Memorial Concert on April 5 at 8 p.m. at the Papermill Theatre in Todmorden Mills, on Pottery Road, down the hill from Broadview Avenue. MacKay, a close friend of Battenberg, was the sales manager at Scarborough Music before he died two years ago from pancreatic cancer. This concert is in his honour with all proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer Canada for research funding.
Battenberg will be joined by Mark Korven, David Powell, John Allen, Tom Price, Marcanthony Battenberg and narrator Pep Duhaime. The program includes original works that “celebrate the renewal of hope, and the return of Spring.”
Music for the Soul: Beach Jazz & Reflection presents We Are One Jazz Choir, April 6, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen and Silver Birch. The We Are One Jazz Project is a Canadian charity established in 2008 by pianist and educator Howard Rees. Its community-building mandate is to bring together ‘at risk’ children and master jazz musicians in an enriched learning and performance-oriented environment.
Through the guidance of master musicians, students in this program are encouraged to explore their own creativity through first-hand exposure to the beauty and power of jazz music.
For this performance the choir will feature 20 young voices performing music ranging from jazz standards to popular tunes and originals, arranged for eight-part harmony by legend Barry Harris.
Admission is free, with goodwill offering envelopes available. The Music for the Soul series is produced by Beach United Church and hosted at St. Aidan’s Church while its facilities are under construction. For more information call Beach United Church at 416-691-8082, or visit beachunitedchurch.com.
The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E., will be one of the venues for the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival, ‘Where images and Music do the Talking’. This is the fourth year for the festival, which honours the pioneering art of the silent film. Keeping in mind that The Artist won last year’s Academy Award for Best Picture, films from the silent era are all the rage as stars like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mary Pickford and Harold Lloyd come to life again.
On April 7 at 4 p.m., The Fox will present 1,000 LAFFS, five silent comedies that expound the simple premise of “the illogical logic that leads to the improbable, implausible – but never impossible.” The films star Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Max Davidson, and the great comic duo Laurel & Hardy. Juno-nominated jazz pianist Fern Lindzon will provide musical accompaniment.
Tickets for 1,000 LAFFS are $12 and will be available at the door. For more information visit the website at torontosilentfilmfestival.com.