Shakespeare in Action will be putting on Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop “a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare” this weekend.
The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.
In other Shakespeare news, SIA is looking for staff for their camp inHigh Park in and their production of Shakespeare in the Shell—which will be coming to Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. You’ll notice that I’ve buried the lede here—there’s going to be a professional production of Shakespeare in the bandshell in Little Avenue Park! Nice!
Frances Nunziata will be hosting a community safety meeting on May 22 with Chief Saunders.
On Tuesday May 14, the Weston Village Residents’ Association held its annual general meeting inside the new Weston Hub. The Hub interior still needs some final touches but is essentially complete. Landscaping is a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely and will be ready for next year. The official opening is on May 25th and 26th.
WVRA Chair Dave Bennett opened by talking about some of the ‘heat’ encountered when the Hub was proposed. This was later echoed by Councillor Nunziata.
The new space easily accommodated the 50+ people in attendance. LoriAnn Givran from Artscape, talked about the new facilities, Marlene Mackintosh from UrbanArts and Michael Kelly from Shakespeare in Action introduced themselves and the programs that they offer.
The highlight of the evening was to be a presentation from former Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford but because of illness, Mr. Bedford was absent but ably represented by colleague and Urban Lands Institute Executive Director Richard Joy. The presentation dealt with the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report tabled last August.
Richard dealt with the five big ideas from the report, namely,
Promote and plan Weston as a riverfront community
Market Weston as an affordable commercial and residential location for airport workers
Bring a brewery to Weston
Build partnerships with Universities and Colleges
Establish a co-op grocery store.
Later, Councillor Frances Nunziata spoke and talked about local issues including the upcoming paving of Weston Road and widening of sidewalks in the stretch between Lawrence and Little Avenue.
During the break, some mouth-watering goodies were available (well done Suri) and attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.
The MDCA’s final community clean-up will be tomorrow, April 27 at 10 starting at Eglinton flats (south side). Bags, gloves, and coffee coupons (bless you, supercoffee) will be provided.
Westonians will be meeting at the top of the stairs leading down to Cruickshank Park tomorrow (the stairs just north of 2160 Weston Rd.)
The clean-up will be focusing on Cruickshank Park, Holley Park, other key areas on the west side of Weston
On Sunday, the meeting point will be Weston Lions Park Parking Lot, Playground Area, and cleaning up Weston Lions Park.
Black Creek Alliance is hosting a Pollinator Celebration!
Join us with special musical guests The Shuffle Demons, as we celebrate nature and beauty in unexpected places. Enjoy local music, wonderful food, learn about native plants make a bee hotel, or seed bomb your own back yard! We’ll share more details soon.
Bee there or bee square!
¹Not true. Weston+beer+cigarettes. But Shacklands is non-smoking.