Radar: February 24th, 2009

Top Toronto event picks for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2009:

MUSIC | K'naan CD Release Party
Acclaimed hip-hop artist K'naan celebrates the release of his 2nd studio album, Troubadour, at the Mod Club. With his slick, suited performance on Jimmy Kimmel, you may just wanna raise your hands for the local boy done good, too. Afrobeaters Kings of Kush make the perfect opening act.
The Mod Club. 722 College Street, (416) 588-4MOD.
8pm doors, 9pm show / $15

DANCE | (Re)Tracing Fred
World Premiere. Darcey Callison's Da Collision pulls inspiration from iconic, dancing Hollywood gents. (Even if they don't pay homage to Pee-wee Herman's "Surfin' Bird", I'm sure it'll still be fun.) Runs to February 28.
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, 120 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street.
8pm / $15, $10 students

FILM | TorontoTheBetter Film Screenings: Live Girls Unite
Presented by TorontoTheBetter and Students on Seven (SOS), Live Girls Unite follows stripper and stand-up comedian Julia Query on her mission to organize the only union of strippers in the United States. Shout "Solidarity!" as you clench a thong in your trembling fist.
OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.
830pm / PWYC

MUSIC | Gentleman Reg In-store
Arts&Crafts' Gentleman Reg plays a free in-store promoting his new album, Jet Black, conveniently released today at Soundscapes. How handy, Reg. How handy. Seriously, though -- one listen to "You Can't Get It Back", and I dare you to leave the store without disc in hand.
Soundscapes. 572 College Street, (416) 537-1620.
6pm / FREE

PARTY | Live Band Karaoke Returns
Shark Week resuscitates Toronto's infamous live band karaoke at a new venue. The Drake sweetens the deal with their special Monday night 86'd menu. Arrive early to reserve your special song, chow down on meatball sliders, and prep yourself for rock star mode.
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West. (416) 531-5042.
8pm / PWYC

WORDS | Banned Together: Canada's Finest Read the Censors' Faves
Freedom to Read Week sticks it to the censors with public readings of the forbidden fruit. Author Michael Winter, Canada Reads nominee Brian Francis, and a large cast of literary bigwigs read censored work, including Kevin Major's Hold Fast, banned in schools for its overt cussing, sexy talk, and bad grammar. (Uh, does this mean I'm on notice, too?)
Revival Bar, 783 College Street. (416) 535-7888.
7pm doors, 730pm show / $15

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