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    Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of October 21

    Friday, 21 October 2016 12:21

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    It’s Friday and that means Mark Wigmore shares his top arts and entertainment picks for your weekend ahead.


    The International Festival of Authors started earlier this week, but the weekend is here, and there are some big events to consider. The festival can gloat 9000 authors to date, and 100 countries represented since 1974. It remains a reader and writer’s haven and welcomes novelists, poets, playwrights, biographers, and, in Saturday night’s case, graphic novelists. The modern graphic novel gets some well deserved attention, Saturday, 8pm at the Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront. 5 cartoonists will share ideas and stories about their very specific craft. There’s a graphic novel exhibit that goes with it too. Also at IFOA, Jay McInerney talks about, and reads from, his latest: “Bright, Precious Days”. That’s Friday at 7:30pm Fleck Dance Theatre. The International Festival of Authors continues through the 30th, click here for info on the dozens of events.


    Five years in the making, and one of only two stops on the planet, Mystical Landscapes is an exhibition that features 35 paintings from 15 countries, and we are talking masterpieces from the western world, the rock stars of the genre. Van Gogh, Monet, Munch, The Group of Seven, Georgia O’Keefe, Gauguin. It’s an embarrassment of riches that attempts to quantify how art evokes mysticism, and argues that these artists are mystics in their own right. The AGO’s Senior Curator Katharine Lochnan calls it her life’s work.

    Lochnan jumped down the rabbit hole and embarked on a massive odyssey for this exhibit, hiring an unbelievable team of experts to help the cause. And there was unprecedented cooperation from the world’s greatest galleries to help the event come to life. “Mystical Landscapes” opens Saturday and runs through the end of January. From there, it’s only other stop is the Musée d'Orsay in Paris; the partnering museum that leant many of the pieces to the AGO for this project. This is an exceedingly rare opportunity to witness the western world’s greatest names questioning the intersection of art, nature and the spirit world. You won’t be disappointed. Click here for info


    IKEA is 40 years old, and it’s hard to deny the effect the furniture maker and retailer has had on modern living. So IKEA Then and Now opens this weekend at the Design Exchange. It’s a free interactive exhibit that journeys through the past four decades of IKEA history. You will also have access to the famous IKEA ball pit open to children AND adults. Then and Now is open 10 to 6 over the weekend and 9-7 Monday to Friday next week. Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto. Click here for more.

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