Radar: October 14, 2009
FILM FESTIVAL | imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Indigenous peoples have been well-represented throughout the history of cinema. Err, maybe that should be well-misrepresented. The debut film at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival is called Reel Injun, and explores the legacy of representations of native peoples on film. Featuring interviews with Hollywood stars like Clint Eastwood and Graham Greene, the documentary examines the tragically hilarious stereotypes made famous during the cowboy and Indian era and kicks off five days of film and art showcasing native people's achievements in cinema, video, radio and new media. Runs til Sunday.
Various locations, $12 and up
PARTY | Press Pass
This would be a bit of a niche event, but as far as I can tell about half the twentysomethings in this city are pursuing a career in journalism (which is probably why the Globe and Mail won't respond to any of my emails). Anyhow, this journo-themed party has found a perfect home at Dundas West's Press Club, and will give all us Woodward-wannabes a chance to dress up in ties and fedoras and pretend we live in the days before a once noble craft was destroyed by a generation of vapid bloggers spawned by the human skid mark that is Perez Hilton.
Press Club, 850 Dundas W., 10 pm
MUSIC | Amy Millan at the Mod Club
Equally as well known as the frontwoman for Stars and erstwhile member of Broken Social Scene, Amy Millan released her first solo album Honey from the Tombs in 2006. She followed it up this year with Masters of the Burial, the title of which might lead you to believe she's got some morbid obsession with graves. In actuality, her latest release doesn't waste time peering into a grim future, but tenderly looks back at lost love. Catch her tonight at the Mod Club as a solo act before she has to report for duty in one of her other projects.
Mod Club, 722 College St., $15, 7 pm
THEATRE | Bash'd
This musical love story tells the tale of two gay men struggling to keep their relationship alive in a hostile world. Performed by hip hop artists T-Bag and Feminem, the play's action centers around Jack and Dillon, a couple who seem destined to make a happy life together until Jack becomes the victim of a homophobic assault. Bash'd is one of the past decade's best-reviewed Off-Broadway plays and will no doubt be in good hands when it begins previews at the Theatre Passe Muraille tonight. Runs til Oct 31.
Theatre Paisse Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave., $15, 7:30 pm
FUNDRAISER | CAMH - Unmasked
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is literally central to the life of this city. Providing invaluable services for some of Toronto's most vulnerable citizens, CAMH is embarking on a hugely ambitious project to build a healthcare village in the city for people afflicted with mental illness. To raise funds, the centre is holding a gala and afterparty tonight. With tickets for the gala fetching $600, a more affordable bet might be the afterparty at Maro hosted by George Stroumboulopolous. Causes don't get much more worthy than this.
Maro, 135 Liberty St., $150, 8 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Laid the Book
Shannon T. Boodram has been a sex educator since she was 19 (she's only 24 now) and has been writing frank and passionate blogs about sex for years. Tonight she launches Laid: the Book, a compilation of stories from her blog that manage to capture both the genuine passion and the real-life consequences of budding sexuality in the internet era. The event's hosted by MTV's Tika Simone and features performances by Kim Davis and Daniel Daley, as well as readings from the book by Boodram and other contributors.
Revival, 752 College St., Free, 6 pm - 10 pm
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