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Weekend Radar: March 7th + 8th, 2009

Toronto events on the Radar for the weekend of MARCH 7th + 8th, 2009
...lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar

SATURDAY, MARCH 7th

TECHNOLOGY | SUMO Robot Challenge 2009
Geekify yourself at the 18th edition of the SUMO Robot Challenge. Why watch RobotWars at home when you can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the crazy robot battle IRL? Proceeds go to the OCAD Scholarship Fund.
OCAD Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street.
130-430pm / $5

DANCE | Egypt
Arabesque Dance Company and Orchestra perform a dance program combining bits from "ISIS", "Kariat El Fingan", some bellydancing, and other Egypt-themed pieces. Ends this weekend.
Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. (416) 973-4000.
SA 8pm, SA-SU 2pm + 8pm / $20-35

FASHION | The Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show + Sale
Vintage clothing, accessories, fabrics, and all the old-time trinkets you could ever wish for, at the 18th annual show and sale. Partial proceeds will be donated to The Multiple Sclerosis Society and The Canadian Cancer Society.
CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue.
10-5pm / $7, free children 12 + under

FILM | 1st Annual Inside Out Screen-A-Thon
Inside Out traps you inside Innis Town Hall for six hours and plays a marathon of the worst movie musicals, in exchange for your pledges supporting the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. Can you handle it? Films available include Xanadu, Can't Stop the Music, Spice World, alongside other campy clips. (Do I get an award for having already seen all three movies? Theoretically speaking, that is? Ahem.)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. (416) 977-6847.
1-7pm / must register with pledges to attend

PARTY | Box of ill Aliens
A soiree of the city's best DJs, promoters, and performers, featuring alienInFlux, Box of Kittens, and ill.gates. Despite the ballet-school location, no pirouetting knowledge is required; just bring your best dance party moves to accompany the blips, bleeps, and good times of this all-nighter. Obtain advance tickets at Shanti Baba, Moog Audio/Slinky Music, or Studio Gang to avoid a line-up and higher cover.
Pia Bouman Ballet School, 6 Noble Street.
10pm / $25 advance, more at door

MUSIC | United Steel Workers of Montreal and Jon-Rae Fletcher CD Release Party
United Steel Workers of Montreal and Jon-Rae Fletcher celebrate their brand new musical babies at an alt-country double CD release party. The Schomberg Fair rounds out the bill. Yeehawr!
Horseshoe Tavern. 370 Queen Street W, (416) 598-4753.
9pm / $10

SUNDAY, MARCH 8th

ART | The Graphic Designer's Handbook to Social Change "Un-book"
Spread the Word launches a cause-based design camp, at today's interactive launch party to "implement sustainable graphic design practice." The "Un-Book" will be entirely collaborative, written and edited by the design community in this open forum design session at Red Bull. For more information on the book, visit Spread the Word.
Red Bull 381 Projects, 381 Queen Street West, Suite 200. (416) 389-0065.
11-1pm, 2-4pm / FREE

COMEDY | Monkey Toast Improv
Bi-weekly improv comedy sets inspired by guest interviews. Host David Shore's guests include hip-hop artist Wordburglar, fringer Evelyn Reese, and CBC Radio's Brent Bambury. Improvisational hilarity follows.
Gladstone Hotel. 1214 Queen Street W, (416) 531-4635.
730pm / Pay What You Think

FILM | Cold Nights, Hot Films: Jihad For Love
Kolel and Mongrel Media present Parvez Sharma's documentary A Jihad for Love, about the touchy coexistence of Islam and homosexuality. Rabbi Goldstein heads a post-film discussion.
Camera Bar, 1028 Queen Street W. (416) 636-1880 x255
7pm / $10

STAGE | Missing
World premiere of Missing, a Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award winner, of a missing woman and the effects on a local detective. Runs to April 5.
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street. (416) 504-9971.
7pm tonight, see website for schedule / $15-37

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