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Five things to do in Toronto this weekend, Feb. 21 to 23

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks play Lee's Palace.

Oh, what a tango we weave. Making its world premiere at the Panasonic Theatre, the Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla'a dance-theatre sizzle fest is a victory of towering projections, sexy costumes, scorching music and sensual choreography, but, according to Globe dance critic Paula Citron, is let down a bit by a weak plot. Mind you, the production's lack of dialogue leaves more time for roses to be held by clenched teeth. To May 11. $44 to $84. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 416-872-1212 or

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
The latest release from the nineties indie-rock deity is Wig Out at Jagbags, an album which doesn't completely stick to the wooliness its title suggests. The former Pavement frontman and his three pack of Jicks aren't so much into psychedelic shenanigans here, choosing to roll with fun, tuneful nuggets instead. There's plenty of time for fuzzed-up frolicking on Sunday at Lee's Palace, though, which makes a wig-out pretty much guaranteed. Feb. 22, 9 p.m. $26. 50 (sold out). 529 Bloor St. W., or 416-532-1598.

Fiddler on the Roof Screening and Sing-Along
If we had a nickel for every time someone belted out the popular klezmer feel-good song made popular by Fiddler on the Roof, we'd be a rich man indeed. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production of the Tsar-struck musical, a screening of Norman Jewison's 1971 film adaptation is screened, with the singing along to such hits as If I Were a Rich Man encouraged. (Song books and props provided.) Feb. 22, 8 p.m. $36 to $45. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave., 416-977-3198 or

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Come again? Why certainly, don't mind if do. Making its Canadian premiere after hauling in accolades in England and off Broadway, this witty and lively British-born comic-drama is about a deaf young man who never learned sign language until he meets a young woman who is losing her hearing herself. Then, and only then, is he finally heard. To March 2. $22 to $49. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., or 416-368-3110 or

Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque
The current MOCCA exhibit is an extravagant, overflowing survey of what could be called "neo baroque" works, featuring mixed-media pieces by six major international installation artists. To help break down what's going on, the readable and whip-smart New Yorker magazine art critic Peter Schjeldahl parachutes in to explain the drama and grandiose themes that inspired the spotlit artists (Feb. 28, 7 p.m., free, OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.). To April 6. Free. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St. W, 416-395-0067 or

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