Anton Kuerti Dad Replaces Pianist

Pianist Anton Kuerti and his son, Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Julian Kuerti, after their performance of Beethoven's "Emperor" piano concerto in 2008. Pianist Leon Fleisher was unable to perform, and Kuerti, in town to watch his son conduct, ended up taking the stage for the performance. (Michael J. Lutch/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Associated Press)

1. Waterloo Zombie Walk

Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Waterloo Public Square

It’s that time of year when the undead make their presence felt in Waterloo Region. And why not join in the fun? The annual Waterloo Zombie Walk takes place in Uptown Waterloo – but it’s not simply a walk. There’s a costume contest, DJs, activities for kids, several horror film directors to meet and even a “Macabre Market”, where I’m sure you can get your eye of newt and tongue of frog. And Zumba Karen will lead a flash mob too. To join in, you can donate a non-perishable food item to Nutrition for Learning (and make sure it’s good, a can of old cocktail wieners doesn’t count!) or make a cash donation.

2. BRAINSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival

Saturday and Sunday, times vary

The Brainstem festival wraps us at the end of the weekend, and if you haven’t gone yet to check out the exhibits at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, head on down. The building is being opened up for self-guided tours too, and I should mention the building wasn’t part of this year’s Doors Open festival, so it’s a great chance to go inside. And the exhibit itself has a host of fantastic things, including a life-size interactive humanoid robot and a display on invisibility cloaking. Plus, on Saturday Brian Malow, a science comedian, will giving two performances at the Starlight Lounge in Waterloo.

3. Video Game Night at TheMuseum

Saturday, 5:00 pm

TheMuseum, Kitchener

Stack those Tetris bricks on Saturday evening at TheMuseum with your family at Video Game Night. The Games Institute, the video game research group from the University of Waterloo, will be premiering their newest game. There will be snacks and drinks to buy to keep your hand-eye coordination sharp and a family of four can go for $30.

4. The Foursome

Friday, Saturday 8:00 p.m.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

It’s a play about golf! In fact, I will let the description from the Cambridge Community Players speak for itself: “Fifteen years after graduation, four old pals reunite for a round of golf and an afternoon of catch-up.  But when the stories turn from success and change to days gone by will their friendships stay on the fairway, or will they venture into the rough?” Sounds like a hole in one to me.

5. Anton Kuerti Returns!

Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Centre in the Square, Kitchener

Hear Governor General’s Award-winning pianist Anton Kuerti play two classic works by Beethoven, Concerto No. 1 in C major and Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major. But he’s also giving a Canadian composer some time to shine with What the Chickpea said to the Cook by Canadian composer Scott Good. I should mention the National Film Board’s fantastic short on Kuerti, called ‘Anton & The Piano’, in which he tunes a grand piano to his liking.