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Five things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 20-21

At the April 21 Toronto Blue Jays game, the team will be handing out free bobbleheads to fans.


A Weekend with Jane Austen

They desire to ball like it's 1799 at an event of demonstrations, lectures and social affairs related to the Regency era, with the highlight being a polite Saturday evening of English country dance. Sunday's program continues with a quill-writing workshop, music, supper and a lecture on the art of flirting (frilly fans and droppable silk hankies optional). April 20 and 21. Various prices and venues (including Mackenzie House and Montgomery Inn). Preregistration required for some components.

A Brimful of Asha

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The samosas served prior to Ravi and Asha Jain's culture-clashing comedy are an appetizer, literally and figuratively. Performed by a real-life mother and son, the play about the mismatched aims of an Indo-Canadian family was described by a Globe reviewer as "wry and enlightening." And if you think you smell a hit, you're right – the spicy production sold out its extended run a year ago. To April 28. $27 to $53. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827.

Canadian Opera Company

A bloody thing happened on the way to the opera. On Saturday evening the deluded Lucia kills her newly wedded husband in the soprano showcase Lucia di Lammermoor, while Sunday afternoon sees the opening performance of Atom Egoyan's wicked, erotic Salome, involving the decapitated head of John the Baptist. The fare is not light. To May 24. $23 to $325. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231 or

Bobblehead Day at the Ballpark

You'll need a head start to grab one of the free, wobbly likenesses of Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, where only the first 20,000 people through the turnstiles for the team's tilt with the Yankees receive the collectable statuette. And here's a pitch for book-loving ball fans: Ace hurler R.A. Dickey signs copies of his memoir at the Chapters at John and Richmond streets on Saturday (6 p.m.; wristband policy in effect, April 21, 1:07 p.m. 1 Blue Jays Way, 416-341-1234.

Earth Mudder Celebration

Hello mudder? Moms, dads and kids alike are invited to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day. Features include bike tune-ups, tree-planting, nature hikes, strawberry situations and urban-gardening workshops. (In a related event, a community tree-planting festival happens today in Alexandra Park, at Bathurst and Dundas West, where the buds are absolutely for you.) April 20 and 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-7670,

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