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Radar: Compassion in Motion, Eddie Izzard at Massey Hall, Diana Ross at Roy Thomson Hall, Urban Tantra Workshop

Posted by Ben Spurr / May 31, 2010

Winston ChurchillFILM | Compassion in Motion
The Toronto Vegetarian Association's Compassion Week continues today with a screening of three films about the plight of animals in captivity. Field Trip by Karol Orzechowski was shot entirely over one day at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair's Education Ring, where kids are taught (or indoctrinated, depending on your point of view) about farm animals. I imagine that for hardcore vegetarians, this will be like watching footage of a Hitler Youth rally. A second short by the Canadian Coalition for Farm animals takes you inside a battery poultry farm, showing (nongraphic) footage of chickens in cages too small to allow them to perform natural behaviours, and a third film by the TVA visits the Snooters Animal Sanctuary near Newmarket, which gives homes to rescued farm animals. The films will be followed by an interactive Q & A.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, $8, 7 pm

COMEDY | Eddie Izzard
John Cleese once called Eddie Izzard the lost member of the Monty Python troupe, and like that famous group Izzard's dyslexic and rambling comedy is underpinned by uncommon intelligence. Canadians like our laughs to be accompanied with a bit of brains, and Izzard has such a fan base here in Canada that he's just spent the past month touring the length and breadth of the country. He must be a big fan of Toronto in particular because tonight's performance at Massey Hall will be his fourth date in this city in a month. The show is his second of a two-night stand at Massey and will cap off his Stripped tour.
Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, $40.95 - $61.95

MUSIC | Diana Ross at Roy Thomson Hall
The fist lady of Motown comes to town tonight to further cement her legacy as one of modern music's greatest performers. She's rarely stopped touring since she began her career with the Supremes in 1961 and with 67 albums to her credit and over 100 million records sold, Ross is the most successful female artist of all time. Her incredible voice, not to mention her famous costumes and infamous attitude, will be on full display as she hits the stage to sing the hits from her nearly fifty-year career accompanied by a powerful string and horn band.
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, $70 - $150, 8 pm

SEX | Urban Tantra Workshop
Sting has done for tantric sex what Barack Obama did for politics: he made it cool again. To see what all the fuss is about the world's most talked about sex technique, grab your sweetie and sign up for Come As You Are's Urban Tantra Workshop to learn new ways to increase and prolong your pleasure. Writer and educator Barbara Carrellas has updated the ancient art for the modern couple, and New York magazine has named her Urban Tantra workshops the best in the city. From what I understand, everyone in New York is pretty much having sex all the time, so New York magazine should know.
Come As You Are, 701 Queen Street, $35, 7:30 pm

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