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Das Ding | Until Sunday May 1 | Berkeley Street Theatre | Hours

Philipp Löhle's ambitious social comedy Das Ding spans an interconnected world that binds the fates of the African Siwa, Chinese business people, Romanian pig-breeders and two young newlyweds Katrin and Thomas. As a global crisis attaches itself to the smallest marital problems on a deeply personal level, all are forced to consider whether such a thing as coincidence can exist in a globalized world. Meanwhile, the eponymous ‘thing’ – a cotton fibre in its apparently endless iterations – looks on humanity, amazed.

Hot Docs - Outspoken, Outstanding | Until Sunday May 8 | Bloor Cinema | Hours | Phone 416-637-5150

Each year Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe to an audience of 180,000. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. Over the years, Hot Docs’ education programs have grown exponentially, positively impacting over 78,000 of youth across Ontario each year.

Carmen | Until Sunday May 15 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts | Hours | Phone 416-363-8231

Carmen. The name conjures myriad allusions: feral gypsy, sexual hedonist, fatalistic soul. This irresistible seductress enters into a love affair with a man whose consuming jealousy attempts to tame her. Underneath the erotically alluring sun-drenched setting is a chronicle of fatal conflict as duty and obsession collide.

The driving passion of Bizet’s score includes some of opera’s most popular music. Paolo Carignani returns to conduct; Joel Ivany of Against the Grain Theatre directs. Sung in French with English surtitles.

Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s | Until Sunday May 29 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

Harnessing the descriptive and expressive capacities of photography and film, the artists in this remarkable exhibition, Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, all participated in changing the image of American life. Motivated by a sense that the status quo was untenable, and that current visual expressions of American life did not reflect what they knew and saw of the world, they deployed their chosen media to reflect a more complex, more authentic and more diverse view of the world in which they had grown up.

Photographers Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand, and those who attended Casa Susanna, and filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, and Marie Menken created works that remain as challenging — even troubling — today as they did in their time.

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art | Until Monday September 5 | Royal Ontario Museum | Hours

A cultural tradition worldwide, the legacy of tattooing is common among most cultures. During the Age of Discovery, European travellers in Asia, Oceania, and the Americas "rediscovered" tattoos, which then became popular among sailors and adventurers, and later associated with the fringes of society.

This exhibition presents the multifaceted world of tattooing and its more than 5,000 year-old history. It offers a unique approach to understanding this ancient practice, tracing its histories and meanings, as well as profiling the revival of this global phenomenon of body art. It showcases a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world. This exhibition was developed and produced by the Musée des Arts Premiers du Quai Branly (Paris).

GoodLife Marathon | Sunday May 1 | Exhibition Place | Hours

The Marathon draws upwards of 2,500 participants in a downhill course that is fast and scenic, starting from Mel Lastman Square in North York and finishing at Ontario Place. The course is fast and is a good springboard to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

There is also a half-marathon, a 5K run and a 5K walk.

Contact Photography | From Sunday May 1 to Tuesday May 31 | Hours | Phone 416-539-9595

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is held every month of May and features some 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers. They exhibit at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA. The Festival is devoted to celebrating and fostering the art and the profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.

The Festival is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.

Canadian Music Week | From Monday May 2 to Sunday May 8 | Hours | Phone 905-858-4747

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.

Pages Unbound | From Thursday May 5 to Sunday May 8 | The Gladstone Hotel

The 21st century is seeing a transformation in literature's relationship to other arts. Once the exclusive purview of the book, the field has expanded as artists have broken down disciplinary boundaries and redefined media. Many writers conceive their art in relation to the intended media. The result is that, in addition to great new books, literature is now open to film, music, theatre, photography, tweets, gifs, lectures and beyond.

Every Pages UnBound event is part entertainment, part education. It can be a chamber play, a multimedia opera, a concert, a presentation or a sui generis creation. Pages Unbound help the artists to take their writing off the page. Events take place at the Gladstone Hotel and the AGO's Jackman Hall.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival | From Thursday May 5 to Sunday May 15 | Bloor Cinema | Hours | Phone 416-324-9121

This annual festival presents feature films, documentaries and shorts on themes of Jewish culture and identity. It also hosts filmmakers and guests from around the globe. Screenings take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, Innis Town Hall, and the ROM Eaton Theatre.

Sporting Life 10K Run | Sunday May 8 | Fort York | Hours | Phone 416-488-3131

The run starts at 7:30am on Yonge Street and Broadway Avenue. It is a very fast course going downhill to the foot of Yonge and ending at historical Fort York.

The run is a fundraiser for "Camp Ooch". Camp Oochigeas provides fun and meaningful experiences to approximately 1000 kids with and affected by childhood cancer and their families each year. Programs are offered at no cost to their families.

Steer | From Wednesday May 11 to Saturday May 14 | Fleck Theatre | Hours

This solo work, presented in the context of World Stage, imagines a human trajectory where the boundary between flesh and technology becomes indistinct. What will our bodies mean and look like with the advancement of the technological age? Steer reveals visionary worlds through movement, sound and a fusion of biology and technology. Gathering sensory data from the dancer — using real-time motion capture, infrared camera and accelerometer motion sensors — the technology interprets the dancer’s movements and produces interactive effects instantaneously. In this work, choreographer William Yong continues to explore the intersection of the human and the digital.

A Zata Omm dance projects created with Jérôme Delapierre and Navid Navab, produced with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage

Doors Open Toronto | From Saturday May 28 to Sunday May 29 | Hours

The annual Doors Open offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

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