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What's On: Basquiat Exhibit at the AGO and more

A new exhibit featuring the work of iconoclast artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is just one of the many events worth checking out in the city:


Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time
Feb 7 to May 10
AGO

In the 1980's, Jean-Michel Basquiat created quite the storm on New York city's art scene -- literally and figuratively. Inspired by street art such as Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism, he also drew from other loves ranging from jazz and sports to graffiti. His works require pause to look and uncover the layers, and reflect on issues such as racism and identity politics that are relevant today.

For more information, check out the AGO website.


Kuumba
Feb 6 to Feb 8
Harbourfront Centre

Welcome to Afrofuturism! On Kuumba's 20th anniversary, the showcase invites audience to think of a future world that addresses the contemporary critiques against racialized people while re-examining historical events of the past. Kuumba is also part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month series. You can hear celebrated author Roxane Gay, laugh with some of the city's finest black comics at the Nubians on the Waterfront comedy showcase and dance at Soca on Ice.

For more information on the line-up, check out the Harbourfront Centre's website.


Sonnets by Kids
Until Feb 13 (5PM)
The Comfort of Your Home

They call it their little fundraiser with a lot of heart. Shakespeare in Action is Ontario's Shakespeare education company for young audiences. This initiative raises money for their educational programs throughout the GTA. Simply go to their website, book a sonnet and on "Valentine's Day, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm EST, a talented and charming Shakespeare Kid (age 7 - 12) will call your Valentine and recite the sonnet with a heart full of love!"

For more information, check out the Shakespeare in Action website.


In Concert: Ogguere
Feb 6
May Cafe

Afro Cuban poet Ogguere now makes Toronto him home. He will perform tunes from his acclaimed "Solar" release, and material from the highly anticipated upcoming release of "La Revolution Del Cuerpo."

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

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