Radar: January 14, 2009
If you missed last night's Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids show, too bad. Just too bad. Sigh.
Top Event Picks for Wednesday, January 14, 2009:
1. MILES BENJAMIN ANTHONY ROBINSON at EL MOCAMBO
Holy swoon-cakes. It's been a while since I've played a video or song on loop, but MBAR's "Buriedfed" is doing me in. Tonight, the mischievous-sounding, notoriously hammered Brooklynite with a million names brings his modern freak-folk rock to the ElMo. (And if name-dropping gets you in the door, he's collaborated with both Grizzly Bear and TV on the Radio. Enough said.)
El Mocambo. 464 Spadina Avenue, (416) 777-1777.
MUSIC / 9pm / $8 adv, $10 door / website
2. STEAM WHISTLE UNSIGNED ART SHOW
Live music photography's all about that split-second, sweat-drenched, passion-filled moment. The exhibit showcases the photographers who nabbed these very shots at Steam Whistle's ongoing Unsigned Indie Music Series. Zach Slootsky, Corbin Smith, Phil Ogynist, and Robert Coilfi display their work on Woodhands, Two Minute Miracles, Bocce, and the Bicycles, among other local indie acts, while you chug super cheap $3 Steam Whistles. Opens tonight and runs to January 30. RSVP by email.
Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse. 255 Bremner Boulevard, (416) 362-2337 x 246.
ART OPENING / 6-10pm / free / website
3. ImagiNation - NEW CULTURAL TOPOGRAPHIES
Contemporary Canadian artists showcase their artwork on Canadian identity within a transforming ethnic and cultural landscape. Downtowners can hop on the free shuttle bus (departs 401 Richmond Street W at 6pm, returns at 9pm). After-work field trip, anyone? Opens tonight and runs to March 1.
Doris McCarthy Gallery. University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, (416) 287-7007.
ART OPENING / 5-9 pm / free / website
4. IMPATIENT THEATRE CO'S CAGE MATCH IMPROV
Two improv teams are thrown into the ring; the audience decides their fate by secret ballot. The final cash prize is $1,000, so be prepared for the shedding of comedy blood. Sexual Tyrannosaurus and The Jeremy Birrell Show compete.
Savannah Room. 294 College Street, (416) 975-0845.
COMEDY / 8pm / $10 / website
5. FLURRIOUS: SUFI TIME ARTS TRIO
Modern Times Stage's Flurrious festival presents Sashar Zarif and Pirouz Yousefian, who perform a dance and poetry program inspired by spiritual Sufi practices. Hopefully any whirling will be done on an empty stomach.
Arta Gallery. 55 Mill Street, Suite 102, Building 9, (416) 364-2782.
DANCE / 8pm / $10 / website
6. SEVERN CULLIS-SUZUKI at UPPER CANADA COLLEGE
Environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki doesn't just ride on Papa David Suzuki's laurels. She walks the enviro talk, having spearheaded environmental campaigns from as early as age 9, spoken at the Rio Earth Summit in '92, and co-founded the Skyfish Project, which encouraged children to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. She speaks tonight at Upper Canada College, helping us understand the future and making the rest of us feel like underachievers at the same time.
Upper Canada College, Upper School Student Centre, 200 Lonsdale Road, (416) 488-1125 x2239.
LECTURE / 700pm / $30, $10 students / website
7. LESBIAN BLUES FROM THE '30s
The Granny Boots crew provides blues performances and historical commentary on 1930s queer and black America. Any chance an invite was sent to the state of California?
Gladstone Hotel. 1214 Queen Street W, (416) 531-4635.
MUSIC / 7-10pm / free / website
8. WILLIAM GOLDMAN's THE PRINCESS BRIDE
High school theatre: we all went through it. Go back in time and hear some student possibly repeat the words forever etched in our memory: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Bonus points if they can resurrect Andre the Giant.
Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. 711 Bloor Street E, (416) 393-1580.
STAGE / 7pm / $15 adult, $10 student / website
...or just find something else yourself at our events calendar.