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Radar: September 23, 2009

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Events on Toronto's Radar for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

MUSIC | Miike Snow at Wrongbar
Miike Snow is not the name of some Swedish guy. It's actually the name of band made up of three Swedish guys. They've written with the heavyweights of femme pop including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears, and won a Grammy for Best Dance for their performance of Spears's Toxic. They bring their club-ready tunes to Wrongbar tonight and are supported by Jack Pe単ate, one of those English dudes who half raps half talks over Anglo hip hop beats. He's famous for non-stop dancing while playing the guitar, and given the pop prowess of these two acts you'll be dancing too.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $18.50, 10 pm

THEATRE | Neon Nightz
Sasha Van Bon Bon has been empowering Torontonians with her invaluable and unsensationalized sex advice for over a decade now. She's also a veteran dancer, having spent years in the strip club circuit and performing as a burlesque artist. Her new project is a play which delves into the Montreal "super contact" strip scene of the 1990s, in which the masses of lapsed Catholic Francophones sought refuge from the wintry nights. Sasha is one of our city's smartest and sexiest personalities, and the show is guaranteed to arouse the intellect as well as the sex drive. Runs til October 10.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., $15 and up, 8 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Robert Rotenberg reads Old City Hall
Robert Rotenberg has written a very Canadian novel. Named after one of Toronto's most iconic buildings, it tells the story of a CBC radio host who confesses to killing his wife once her body is discovered by the delivery guy for the Globe and Mail. It sounds like the most CanCon of jokes, but the book is a page turner and has delighted the country's mystery lovers with its crime-tinged descriptions of contemporary Toronto. Rotenberg, who is also one of the city's most prominent practicing criminal lawyers, will be reading from and discussing his book at the Northern District Branch of the Toronto Public Library tonight.
Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Free, 6:30 pm

THEATRE | Secrets of a Black Boy
There are few figures in our society who face more stereotypes than black men. Playwright Darren Anthony looks to explode a few of those misconceptions with his new play Secrets of a Black Boy, which is a male-oriented response to his older sister Trey Parker's uber-successful Da Kink in My Hair. Set in Regent Park, the work is being billed as an honest examination of the emotional lives of black men and confronts issues of gun violence, homophobia, and fear of commitment. Runs til October 3.
Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., $20, 8 pm

VISUAL ART | The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Exhibition
Most of us can barely scribble out stick figures on a cocktail napkin, making the fact that this exhibition was painted by people lacking the use of their hands all the more impressive. Staged by international non-profit organization the Mouth and Foot Painters, the exhibition in Yonge-Dundas Square showcases some of the best of the country's artists who produce recognized works despite being persons with disabilities. For 50 years the MFPA Canada has been enriching the lives of art-lovers as well as its artists, providing both a creative outlet and source of income for the painters. Today there will be a public exhibition of how these artists paint with Susie Matthias and Amanda Orichefsky.
Yonge-Dundas Square, Free, 11 am - 3 pm

MUSIC | Ian Tyson at Hugh's Room
If you don't know who Ian Tyson is, either you're not Canadian or you never talk to your parents about music. In the 1960s he was one half of Ian and Sylvia, the darling couple of Canadian country music. When they split in the mid-seventies it was the Baby Boomers' equivalent of Brad and Jennifer, or Rihanna and Chris Brown... or something. Anyway, Tyson's a national treasure, one of those great cowboy balladeers who's low-key delivery is fragile and painful, especially after the 75-year old shredded his vocal chords at a music festival three years ago. He plays the last show of a four-night stand at Hugh's tonight.
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., $40, 8:30 pm

COMMUNITY | From the Ground Up: Fresh Thoughts on Food Security
Affable CBC Radio 1 personality Matt Galloway hosts this panel discussion on urban food security at the Gardiner Museum. Nick Saul of the Stop Community Food Centre, Dr. Lauren Baker of Sustain Ontario, Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Council, and Anan Lololi of the Afri-can FoodBasket will discuss their perspectives on why 10 per cent of Canadians are still resorting to food banks each year. This is the third annual From the Ground Up event and it kicked off yesterday with a $250 per plate dinner from chef Jamie Kennedy, who's been providing food security to Toronto's gourmets for several years now.
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., $12, 5:30 pm

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