Radar: 1st Thursdays, A Workers' History of the 1970s, Sweeney Todd, The Sex Show, Celebrating The Music of J Dilla
PARTY | 1st Thursdays
It's the first Thursday of the month, which means that the AGO transforms from gallery into after-work party spot. Curated by OCAD students and based on the theme "City Scrawl: Urban Intersections," tonight's 1st Thursday event features a set by First Nations DJ collective A Tribe Called Red alongside a video projection in the main hall. Art by Toronto-based graffiti and street artists Deadboy, Li-Hill, Troy Lovegates and Kirsten McCrea will be scattered throughout the gallery along with participatory projects and workshops. Buy tickets in advance as this event sells out each month.
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) 6:30PM $10 advance, $12 door
FILM | A Workers' History of the 1970s: A Film Series
The struggle of the worker as it played out in 1970s Hollywood cinema reflected a decade of labour unrest and in double double land's six-week film series, this theme will be explored. Labour-themed cinematic classics will play each week, beginning tonight with the Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon vehicle Joe (1970). Films in the following weeks will include the documentary Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976), and the union drama Norma Rae (1979) amongst others. Each film will be preceded with a short discussion about a situation from that point in labour history and a reception will follow.
double double land (209 Augusta Avenue) 7PM $5
THEATRE | Sweeney Todd
The demon barber of Fleet Street appears onstage in Scarborough for a three-week run at Scarborough Village Theatre. An exiled barber returns home to London to find that his daughter has become a ward of the state. When the barber vows to get revenge on the judge who tore his family apart, his business turns to murder while helping out his landlord's in the most disgusting way possible. Tickets to Sweeney Todd are available by phone at 416-267-9292 or online at theatrescarborough.com.
Scarborough Village Theatre (3600 Kingston Road) 8PM $25
ART | The Sex Show
The Sex Show is an annual exhibit that seeks the varying definitions of sexuality as described by Canadian artists. Over 30 artists explore sex-related themes on a very broad scale through sculpture, painting, video, photography and mixed media at this year's show. Curated by Phil Anderson, The Sex Show opens at Gallery 1313 tonight with an opening reception at 7PM. Get explicit, demure or whatever your definition of sexy is at The Sex Show.
Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West) 7PM Free
MUSIC | For the D: Celebrating The Music of J Dilla
For the fifth year in a row, For The D celebrates the music of J Dilla, a record producer who came of age in the hip-hop community of Detroit. On his birthday this February 7th, Wrongbar and 92BPM's mymanhenri host an evening of Dilla's music and those whose work he influenced. Having produced albums by A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Common, and Erykah Badu, there will plenty of material for guest musicians like Taktiks and RE:VERSE to play. Advance tickets are only available online forthed.eventbrite.com with more at the door tonight.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West) 9:30PM $10
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