Radar: August 21, 2009
Events on Toronto's Radar for TUESDAY AUGUST 18, 2009?... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.
GALLERY | Emerging Artists Mini-Fair
Ten new and emerging visual artists will occupy the Lennox Gallery over the weekend, giving patrons a chance to interact face-to-face with some promising young talent. You can even help these youngsters pay next month's rent by buying an inexpensive piece or two. Who knows, it might be worth something someday.
Lennox Contemporary Gallery, 12 Ossington Ave., Free
EXHIBITION | Canadian National Exhibition
Opening night at the CNE is always bittersweet. Sure it's fun, but it's a painful reminder that summer is almost over. But walking through the midway at Canada's largest fair is something of a rite of passage for all Torontonians, and as always this year's exhibition has a wide variety of entertainment including a casino, a working farm, and rides for the kiddies. Opening day tickets are only $1.75 at the gate, in celebration of the city's 175th anniversary.
Exhibition Grounds, 210 Princes' Blvd., $1.75 today, $11 and up til Sept 7
BURLESQUE | Starlight Burlesque - Starring Dirty Martini
New York City's Dirty Martini stars in this recreation of the Golden Days of burlesque shows. Martini hold the title of Miss Exotic World 2004, and will be joined by local artists, including hoop dancer Sadie Spins and songbird Patte Rosebank. Expect variety acts, saucy comedy, and a good deal of teasing.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $30
PARTIES | Broken Pencil Summer Sale and Fantasy Party
One of Toronto's hippest little galleries is hosting this night of visual and musical mayhem celebrating Broken Pencil, a magazine about zine culture and independent arts. DJ Hemingway will be spinning tracks between sets by upstart indie bands Dinosaur Bones and Whale Tooth, and the price of admission gets you a subscription to Broken Pencil.
Whippersnapper Gallery, 587A College St., $10
COMEDY| She Said, What Officer
Meg Mack, Carly Heffernan, Marni Van Dyk, and Emma Hunter make up Toronto's hottest all-female comedy troupe She Said What, which returns tonight for what should be a sold out show at the Comedy Bar. Hosted by Debra DiGiovanni of Last Comic Standing and Video on Trial Fame, the ladies promise an evening of breakthrough female comedy free of men-bashing or jokes about their periods.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W.,
MUSIC | Yonge Dundas Square presents Rebel Rhythm & Huelepega Sound System
It's taken a while for Torontonians to warm up to the city's newest public square but over the past few summers Yonge Dundas Square has blossomed into a great meeting space and concert venue. Tonight dub outfit Huelepega Sound System and Latin funk group Rebel Rhythm look to get people dancing beneath the giant neon billboards in what should be fun night for Latin music lovers.
Yonge and Dundas Square, Free
PARTIES | Hip-Hop Karaoke
Here's a chance for all you wannabe emcees to throw down in front of a live audience. Choose from a catalogue of over 500 classic hip hop tracks and impress your friends/embarrass yourself by showcasing your lyrical skills over the karaoke track. You might want to verify you've got the words right first by finding the lyrics at www.hhktoronto.com.
Revival, 783 College St., $5 before 11 pm
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