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Weekend Roundup: May 4-6

Friday: Kurt Browning and friends skate into the Air Canada Centre

Friday, May 3
Prepare for a night of great music, stunning choreography and superstar skaters as Stars on Ice comes to the Air Canada Centre. Directed by four-time world champion Kurt Browning, this year’s extravaganza of fancy footwork shines the spotlight on such big names as Olympic medalists Joannie Rochette and ice-dance duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Loosen up your laughing muscles for one of the most acclaimed comedians of the 20th century, as Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the Sony Centre as part of his Just for Laughs tour. The tour has proven so popular that the sitcom star and observational humorist is playing four shows over a two-night stint.

Experience works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso—from his enormous personal collection—at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The multi-disciplined master sold hundreds of paintings in his lifetime, but kept thousands more for himself; nearly 150 of these drawings, paintings and sculptures are on display now.

Saturday: Give three cheers for Bring it On: the Musical (photo by Joan Marcus)

Saturday, May 5
Ready? Okay! Grab your pom-poms, head to the Ed Mirvish Theatre and delve into the world of competitive high school cheerleading with Bring it On: the Musical. Inspired by the Kirsten Dunst cult favourite film, the stage version offers an exciting mix of song, dance, and some awesome gravity-defying cheer-squad stunts.

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with 95 films from 15 countries on the screening schedule. The festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, offers a range of genres for audiences—everything from thrillers like My Best Enemy to the comical Let My People Go.

The Canadian Opera Company brings you two treats in one—a double bill featuring one-act works by Oscar Wilde and Giacomo Puccini. A Florentine Tragedy, based on Wilde’s play, and Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s comical masterpiece are cleverly set in the same villa, decades apart.

Sunday: see comic creators like Bryan Lee O'Malley at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (photo by Laura Taylor)

Sunday, May 6
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival celebrates comics, graphic novels and their creators at the Toronto Reference Library. Featuring Canadian and international talent, the festival promotes the increasingly popular medium through artist talks, discussions panels and workshops, as well as appearances by special guests including Scott Pilgrim series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Show some love to the up-and-comers of the Toronto art scene as OCAD University presents its 97th annual Graduate Exhibition. The collection offers pieces by more than 550 graduating students spread across 12 undergraduate programs—from painting, photography and sculpture to new-media works and design prototypes.

Have we got a treat for kids this weekend! Everyone’s favourite childhood characters of Sesame Street come to the Rogers Centre for 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends. Join Ernie, Bert, Big Bird and, of course, Elmo on this musical adventure, which aims to teach kids the power of imagination.

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