University and Queen by Danielle Scott

Radar: February 5th, 2009

Top Toronto event picks for Thursday, February 5th, 2009:

1. F-U AWARDS
A celebration honouring punk, sleaze rawk, and bad-ass facial hair. Jason Mewes (Jay + Silent Bob) hosts, with performances by microphone whipper Andrew WK, Die Mannequin, The Flatliners, and other bands your momma tells you to turn down, for heaven's sake.
Sound Academy. 11 Polson Street, (416) 649-7437.
PARTY / 7pm / $15 / website

2. DRAWING 2009
Opening reception for the 10th annual juried drawing exhibition, sponsored by Curry's and the Japanese Paper Place. Runs to February 27.
The John B. Aird Gallery. 900 Bay Street, (416) 928-6772.
ART OPENING / 6-8pm / free / website

3. THE BOOM BIRTHDAY SHOW
11-member sketch comedy troupe The Boom celebrates its first anniversary, with guests Paul Bellini, Dave Merheje, Keith Pedro, Sarah Donaldson, David Brent, Nikki Payne, Darren Frost, Mark Forward, Boyd Banks, Laurie Elliot, and... well, pretty much the entire local comedy scene.
Supermarket. 268 Augusta Avenue, (416) 840-0501.
COMEDY / 830pm / $10 / website

4. INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW 2009
Exhibits, seminars, and top designers converge in a weekend of interior, architectural, and industrial design. Tonight's opening party will be heavy on amuse-bouche, drinks, and people who twitch when they see mismatched sheets.
Direct Energy Centre. 100 Princes' Boulevard, (416) 599-3222.
PARTY / 7pm / $50 advance, $55 door / website

5. THE IDEA EXCHANGE: OUR COUNTRY, OUR CULTURE
Analyze and discuss Canadian culture with Ken Alexander (The Walrus), Alain Pineau (Canadian Conference of the Arts), and Noreen Taylor (Charles Taylor Prize). Learn about cultural identity, and maybe find solutions to stop the world from asking us about Avril Lavigne, already.
Heliconian Hall. 35 Hazelton Avenue, RSVP (416) 975-9366.
LECTURE / $4-6pm / $15 / website

6. THE NEW KINGS + TOMBOYFRIEND at 751
Winter residence band The New Kings and guests Tomboyfriend put on an energetic and performance savvy show, straight from 751's basement to your local-music-lovin' heart.
751. 751 Queen Street W, (647) 436-6681.
MUSIC / 10pm / PWYC / website

7. WINTERCITY: 30 DATES
A mid-30s woman races to find the perfect husband, with nagging parents and a burning biological clock reminding her to act quickly. Single men, prepare to be devoured.
Factory Theatre. 125 Bathurst Street, (416) 966-1062.
STAGE / 8pm / $23 advance, $25 door / website

8. DOWNTOWN ASTRONOMY PUBLIC TOUR
Free guided astronomy tour and telescope viewing so you can gaze at the stars and remind yourself how small and insignificant you really are. Sorry. It's true.
U of T McLennan Physical Lab Bldg. 60 St. George, MP102.
OTHER / 810pm / free / website

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