The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the Canadian première of director Sophie Lellouche’s film Paris-Manhattan at its upcoming Chai Tea and A Movie event.
The film focuses on Alice, an idealistic pharmacist who is obsessed with the films of Woody Allen, keeps quoting lines from the films, and recommends his classic works to her customers to help alleviate their ailments. Alice’s Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by fixing her up with a handsome French gentleman. Allen makes a playful cameo in the film.
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinema, 4861 Yonge St. at Sheppard. Sunday, Feb. 24, Tea at 4 p.m., film at 5 p.m. $15. www.tjff.com, 416-324-9121.
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New Teatron Production: Jacob and Jack, a time-travelling farce by James Sherman, explores the challenges the protagonist, Jack, faces as a husband and actor, as compared to those of his grandfather, Jacob, a former Yiddish actor, whose woes are presented simultaneously. Presented by Teatron Jewish Theatre. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. Feb. 27 to March 10. $48 to $19.
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Two by Moscovitch: Tarragon Theatre presents a Hannah Moscovitch double bill featuring two works by the acclaimed young Canadian playwright. Little One is a “stylish lullaby-nightmare thriller” that focuses on two adopted siblings for whom “loving and destroying each other are the same thing.” In This World follows the lives of two teenage girls on the same school volleyball team who lead completely different lives. Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave. Opens Feb. 20, runs to March 24. $27 to $53. 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com
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• Orchestra Toronto performs three romantic compositions: Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, John Burge’s Canadian Shield and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. $39, $34; youth $14. For tickets, call 1-855-985-2787. www.orchestratoronto.ca
• Violinist Helmut Lipsky and Melosphere perform a unique brand of cinematic music that blends jazz, classical, tango, latin, gypsy and rock genres. With Karen Young (voice), Matt Herskowitz (piano), Jean-Francois Martel (double bass) and Vladimir Sidorov (Russian accordion). The band has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and has produced soundtracks for movies. Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:30 p.m. hughsroom.com
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• Critic Adam Nayman discusses The Coen Brothers in Nayman’s Terms, a series of talks focusing on acclaimed American film artists Joel and Ethan Coen who over three decades of filmmaking have evolved from edgy independents to Oscar winners. Runs Feb. 25 to April 29. The topic for Feb. 25 is “Rednecks: Blood Simple and Raising Arizona.” Miles Nadal Jewish Commuity Centre, Mondays 7 to 9 p.m. $90 for series, $12 drop-in per class; students $6. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
• The Mosaic Institute, a group dedicated to intercommunity dialogue and reconciliation between Israeli Jews and Palestinians (among other peace efforts), presents The Gatekeepers, a special screening of the 2013 Oscar nominee for best documentary. A reception and discussion follows featuring Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’s Shin Bet. Priority tickets $100; students $20. Royal Ontario Museum Theatre, 100 Queen’s Park Cres. Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 to 7 p.m. www.mosaicinstitute.ca
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Theatre & Dance
• Register now for the MNJCC Theatre Lab with instructor L. J. Nelles. Join a company of actors at all levels who will develop voice, movement and character skills while rehearsing pieces from new Canadian Jewish theatre. Miles Nadal JCC, March 7 to May 30, 7 to 9 p.m. $100 for 10 sessions. 416-924-6211, ext. 606. email email@example.com
• Tova Kardonne and Vox Novus and Al Green Theatre present 60x60 Dance Toronto, a compilation of 60 compositions by 60 different composer and choreographer pairs, each 60 seconds long, presented continuously in an hour-long performance. Miles Nadal JCC, Sunday, March 10, 8 p.m. $20. www.algreentheatre.ca
• Purim Celebration: Active Seniors and Boomers presents a Purim musical celebration featuring Israeli vocalist-musician Mickey Lewin. $3 includes hamantashen. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m
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At the Galleries: New Visions from Applied Photography is an exhibition of works by Sheridan College graduates Alexander Clemmer, Jason Moreland and Jessica Toczko, curated by Rafael Goldchain, author-photographer of I Am My Family. Miles Nadal JCC Gallery, Feb. 21 to March 17. Opening reception Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.