Self-proclaimed “Beach brat” Carleigh Beverly is taking the stage at Theatre Passe Muraille in Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still.
Presented by TSS Collective, the play was a hit at last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. The story centres on Sarah and James, a couple in modern-day Brooklyn. Sarah is a photojournalist who suffered significant injuries in Iraq, and James is her war correspondent boyfriend. Together the two begin to try to figure out what ‘normal’ means and where their relationship will go after life in a war zone.
Beverly will perform alongside the rest of the original Fringe cast, including Kirstin Rae Hinton as Sarah, Jason Jazrawy as James, and Sam Rosenthal. Beverly has been acting most of her life, and might be recognized from television shows The Listener, Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, or the film Hunting Season.
Time Stands Still runs from March 12 to 29 at the Theatre Passe Muraille mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave. Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22, and are available at artsboxoffice.ca, by calling 416-504-7429, or at the box office. See tsscollective.com for more information.
Acoustic Harvest presents Jory Nash for a CD release party on Saturday, March 21.
Nash will be releasing his eighth album, The Many Hats of Jory Nash.
The award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller plays guitar, piano, and banjo, and blends folk, jazz, blues, pop and soul. He’s regularly heard on CBC radio, as well as satellite radio, the BBC, NPR, and college radio stations across the continent. Fans of jazz singer Lori Cullen will recognize some of his songwriting.
Nash has performed across Canada and the US, including many major folk festivals. His music can be heard in the movie Moon Point and the documentary 30 Ghosts.
He has a collection of hundreds of hats, and calls himself “a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at Robinson Hall at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd., just east of Warden Avenue.
Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 in advance through acousticharvest.ca.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Fernandez first appeared on stage with his professional hypnotist father at the ripe old age of four. When he reached his teens, Fernandez dedicated himself to studying the art himself, and has since appeared on stages around the world.
After learning from his father, Fernandez travelled to Canada to study with hypnotist and psychic researcher Alan Spraggett. After performing for two years at a Dominican resort, he studied to become a certified hypnotherapist, and has presented self-help seminars on luxury cruise ships.
His show has been featured at hotels, casinos, fairs, festivals, corporate events, universities, and comedy clubs. Fernandez claims that “no other performer has captured the intrigue and electricity of this discipline, and it’s doubtful that anyone ever will.”
Fernandez will perform at the Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. E., at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. For more info see fernandezhypnotist.com.
Beacher Christian Martel is half of Fish2Frÿ Productions, and will be producing and starring in the Jean Cocteau play The Eagle With Two Heads.
The play tells a story of a dystopian future, mixing social commentary into a political love story. An anarchist poet attempts to assassinate the queen, but fails. The queen opts to shelter the wounded would-be killer, who looks exactly like the deceased king, and the play tells the story of the ensuing two days.
The play is directed by Luke Gallo and stars Martel, Fish2Frÿ partner Aidan Black Allen, M. John Kennedy, Freya Ravensbergen, and Reece Presley.
The Eagle With Two Heads runs from March 25 to 29 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on March 28 and 29.
Tickets start at $15 and are available through brownpapertickets.ca or at the door. Performances take place at Pia Bouman Scotiabank Theatre, 6 Noble St. For more information see fish2fryproductions.com.
A charity event benefiting Autism Ontario and Adam Beck Public School will take place Thursday, March 26 at the Balmy Beach Club.
I Believe in Blue! will feature live music, dancing, snacks, a cash bar, artists, and a sale of items made by people on the autism spectrum.
On the bill are several bands, including party crew Hothouse, and Downshift, offering “old school played cool.” The Carlo Berardinucci Jazz Band will bring “golden age” jazz to the stage with Montreal native Berardinucci covering vocals, Robert Horvath on piano, Brett Higgins on bass, John Deehan on tenor sax, and Will Fisher on drums. The St. Royals range anywhere from a trio to a 17-piece band, keeping any party going with funk, soul, and R&B sounds.
Don’t forget to wear blue to be entered in a draw for a door prize. The party gets started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door or $23 in advance at ibelieveinblue.myevent.com.
Jazzy Sundays continue at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of the Greenwood subway station.
On Sunday, March 15, Gina Pennesi and Scott Metcalfe will perform. Jordana Talsky will be featured the following Sunday, March 22.
Jazzy Sundays run from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday, with no cover charge.
Chez Helené’s Wednesday Night Salon runs every Wednesday night starting at 8:30 p.m. at Café Chez Helené, 1437 Kingston Rd., just west of Warden.
Hosted by Jadzia Skye and Michael Oesch, the multilingual open stage invites singers, musicians, dancers, rappers, poets, and other performers to take part in French, English, or any language, “including Klingon opera,” according to Oesch. “We are still waiting for our first Klingon opera singer to make an appearance.”
Participants will get 10 minutes or three songs worth of stage time, as well as the opportunity to purchase some great coffee, time to converse in the two official languages (and then some), and of course the chance to perform for an intimate and appreciative audience.
For more information, find Café Chez Helené on Facebook.