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Nuit Blanche: Toronto's Culture Juggernaut

With events on all six habitable continents and 24 cities participating in Nuit Blanche events across 2013, Toronto's edition is North America's largest, boasting over one million visitors in 2012. That number is expected to continue growing in 2013 and beyond as the event gains more traction with Toronto and its neighbouring cities.

Prison Abuse Steals the Show at Venice's Biennale

Ai Weiwei's most controversial piece, jail-like tombs, was housed in a cathedral that had been put in mothballs but was restored for his off-site exhibit. The six tombs are dioramas depicting his 81 days in jail in China -- sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, being interrogated, showering and sitting -- in a tiny cell with two guards present at all times.

Ai Weiwei's Exhibit (and Middle Finger) Arrive in Toronto

Eighty-seven thousand people died in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008; 5,335 of them were children. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei turned the backpacks of those children into a serpent, a statement about what he believes is China's treacherous treatment of its impoverished citizens and government corruption. The rest of the "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" exhibit begins its only Canadian appearance this weekend at the AGO.
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Some Flaws in London Might be Better Than Control in Beijing

The 2008 Beijing Olympics comes readily to mind as a well-managed major symbolic event -- it's the model that can and should be emulated. That makes us look at the numerous glitches of security and management flaws of the London games -- the antithesis of the Beijing model. But in many ways messiness may actually be preferable -- especially when judged in retrospect -- to order. And even the Beijing Olympics can be seen as having flaws.