Radar: January 7, 2009
Toronto event listings for Wednesday, January 7, 2009:
Noah's Arkweld CD release
Since putting hHead and Noah's Arkweld to rest in the late '90s, Noah Mintz has been tinkering as a mastering engineer for "it" groups like Broken Social Scene, Hayden, and Death From Above 1979. Now he's back at the forefront, resuscitating Noah's Arkweld with a new CD, Names for Shapes that Don't Exist. Special perks of tonight's party include a free CD for those who contribute $5 or more (let's see how long that lasts) AND a one-song reunion that will "never hHappen again". Early-90s indie Canrock fans will be in the front row salivating. The General Staff opens.
Supermarket. 268 Augusta Avenue, (416) 840-0501.
MUSIC / 8pm / PWYC / website
Hamish Grant Photography - Decay and Roaring
Photographer Hamish Grant presents his first exhibit in over a year, exploring the subjects of Urban Decay and the Exuberance of a 1920s-themed Housewarming Party. Now that's what I call a photographic battle. Opens tonight and runs to the end of January.
Mitzi's Sister. 1554 Queen Street W, (416) 532-2570.
ART / 7-10pm / free / website
The Carnegie Hall Show Salutes 2007
Improv theatre group the National Theatre of Canada honours the year 2007 in their Carnegie Hall variety show. Lots of laughs, magic, singing, and plenty of drinking scheduled. And if nothing else, it may be worth checking out just to explore the brand new B&C space.
Bread and Circus. 299 Augusta Avenue, 416.336.3399.
COMEDY / 9pm / PWYC / website
Goodwill: Wild Wednesday 50%
If there's anything worth lining up for, it's 50% off items that are 50% cheaper than what you'd spend anywhere else. Arm yourselves with elbow padding to fend off the clothing predators and get ready to spend.
Goodwill. various locations.
FASHION / store hours vary / website
To the Tar Sands: screening + discussion
This documentary follows 19 environmentalists who cycle to Alberta and interview locals on the effects of the tar sands industry. A politically charged, interactive discussion follows.
George Ignatieff Theatre. 15 Devonshire Place, (416) 855-4258.
FILM / 7pm / free / website
Machetes' Record Release Cabaret
If you're in the mood to rock out, join the ladies of Machetes for their official EP and NXNE 08 DVD release party. Supplementing the show are appearances by Romo Roto and a "machete juggling act by the Fire Guy" (the ceilings here are pretty low, so this, I have to see). The evening's shenanigans will also be recorded, so clear your throat and bring along your best "Ye-heah, you rawk" voice.
The Drake Underground. 1150 Queen Street W, (416) 531-5042.
MUSIC / 9pm / free / website
Next Stage Festival
This 12-day festival is Fringe Toronto's theatrical answer to the post-holiday doldrums. See eight panel-selected fringe sets showcasing the future of theatre; shows include Reesor, the well-received multimedia tale about a Northern Ontario ghost town, and Take It Back, a contemporary dance program that somehow merges breakdance and swing. Seeing as I can't even do the Macarena, this boggles my mind. Opens tonight and runs to January 18.
Factory Theatre. 125 Bathurst Street, (416) 966-1062.
STAGE / $12-25 / website
Bear with Me
Personally endorsed by the Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch, Diane Flack's stage show, based on her book about motherhood, opens tonight and runs to January 24.
Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs. 26 Berkeley Street, (416) 367-8243.
STAGE / 8pm / $20 - $42 / website
Photo: "Noah's Arkweld + the Potty Mouth Choir at NXNE" by Pete Nema.
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