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Top 10 Events of the Week ( February 9 – February 16)

1. Breaking out of the straight jacket: Mental health and the LGBT community

Thursday 9 February 2017, 6.30pm

York University is commemorating LGBT History Month with a talk by Matthew Todd, former editor of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay magazine. Matthew will be speaking about his novel Straight Jacket – a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be – and if not, why not?

In an attempt to find the answers to this and many other difficult questions, Matthew Todd explores why statistics show a disproportionate number of gay people suffer from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

Book your free ticket HERE.

For a full schedule of events taking place throughout LGBT History Month click HERE.

York University, 4700 Keele St., Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

2. Uof T Drama Festival

Thu-Sat, February 9 – 11, 2017, 7:30pm

U of T Drama Coalition and Hart House Theatre present a competitive showcase of plays written, directed and performed by students. $12 per ticket, $10 for students and seniors.

Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Visit Event Website (click HERE)

3. Arts & Crafts Valentine’s Day Workshops

Fri – Tue, February 10 – 14, 2017

Couples painting workshop with champagne & cupcakes. Workshops offered on Friday, 7 pm-midnight, Saturday, 1 pm-midnight, Sunday, 1-6 pm, and Tuesday, 7-10pm. $45 per couple.

Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard St. E., Toronto

Visit Event Website (click HERE)

4. The Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10am – 4pm

One-of-a-kind sexy fair that brings together knitters, crafters, zinesters, card makers and artists of all types for a celebration of DIY sex and romantic culture.

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W, Toronto

For Facebook page click HERE

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5. The Winter Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, February 11, 11am – 5pm

The Winter Craft Beer Festival showcases beers from bona fide Ontario Craft Brewers, based on their passion to re-kindle and keep alive the spirit of traditional brewing: independent ownership, smaller batches, artisanal styles, quality ingredients, all-natural and undiluted. Tickets start at $25.

Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto

For more information click HERE.

6. Aga Khan Museum Welcome Weekend

Sat-Sun, February 11-12, 10am – 6pm

Head to the Aga Khan Museum for Welcome Weekend and enjoy free admission to museum collections and exhibits, with pop-up performances by local musicians. The weekend includes access to the highly-acclaimed exhibit Syria: A Living History, illuminating Syria’s rich and diverse contributions to world heritage over 5,000 years, and Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – a new exhibit showcasing contemporary Iranian art from the collection of noted Iranian-British collector Mohammed Afkhami.

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, North York

For more information click HERE.

7. Amy Schumer Live

Thursday, February 16, 8pm

The stand-up comedian, actress, writer and host of the popular Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer takes the stage at Air Canada Centre.Tickets range from $39 to $140.

For tickets click HERE.

Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., Toronto

8. TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Fri-Sun, February 17 – 19, 2017

Your first love. Your first loss. The first time you broke the rules and felt the thrill. Take a trip back in time and relive your firsts at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

This year’s films include Saudi Arabia’s first rom-com, Barakah Meets Barakah, the Golden Globe-nominated Divines, a vibrant portrayal of Australian adolescence in Girl Asleep and the edgy film, Japanese Girls Never Die.

Other events include Battle of the Scores, 24-Hour Film Challenge and Freaks and Geeks Movie Marathon.

All regular screenings and Movie Marathon titles are free for anyone under 25.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto

For more information click HERE.

9. Temple Har Zion Lunch and Learn: Females in the Hebrew Bible

Thursday, February 16, 12-1pm

On the third Thursday of every month, the Lunch and Learn group will explore key female characters who appear in the Hebrew Bible. February’s session is about Delilah, a wicked woman in the bible. Bring your lunch!
For more information, contact Karen Weiss: [email protected] or Lisa Cohen: [email protected]

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill

10. The Ethos and Ethics Of Rabbinic Judaism

Thursday, February 16, 7:30 – 9:30pm (every week until March 9, 2017)

A four-week series with David Nitkin, an internationally-known ethicist and teacher who has written extensively on business ethics, including three guide books that were best-selling publications for consumers, employees and investors in Canada.

February 16 – Why Judaism failed to become the dominant religion in the Roman Empire.

February 23 – Competing Jewish & Christian social media during the early Rabbinic era.

March 2 – Attributes of G-d after the Shoah: Can He be distant and evil?

March 9 – What would Judaism be like today without the oral Torah?

Free for members. Non-Members: $10 per lecture. RSVP Required. Please call Beth Tikvah Synagogue at 416-221-3433.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue 3080 Bayview Avenue

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