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Radar: September 4, 2009

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Events on Toronto's Radar for FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

GALLERY | Thirty in Twenty
In 1973 Dutch-Canadian couple Toni and Ria Harting traveled through France reacquainting themselves with the country's famous cuisine. Armed only with their trusty Michelin Guide and a classic Volkswagen camper the pair visited 10 fabulous 3-star restaurants in two weeks (do the math: 3 stars times 10 in 20 days = Thirty in Twenty). The Department Gallery is displaying the awesome photographs of the trip, but the real treat is that for the next three Thursdays some of Toronto's best chefs will be there serving French cuisine with Jamie Drummond of the JK Wine Bar serving as sommelier.
The Department, 1389 Dundas St. W., $65

PARTIES | Shadows of Motown
It's no secret that the best music ever made came out of the Motown and doo-wop groups of the 1950s and 60s. Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas... no one's ever topped them. Face it, Gaye's probably the 20th Century's equivalent to Mozart, except you can't shake your ass to Piano Concerto No. 22. Sneaky Dee's is throwing a party spinning nothing but Motown and doo-wop tonight, so put on your dancing boots.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $5, 10 pm

FILM | Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto
In 2002, Brazilian film City of God took the world by storm. Gritty and realistic, the movie revealed a restless country that had much more to offer than samba and soccer. The Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto continues that trend by bringing some of the country's best cinematic talent to the Bloor Cinema. Seventeen films will be screened over four days and Daniel Rezende, who edited City of God and the Che Guevera biopic The Motorcycle Diaries, will be taking questions after the screening of his directoral debut Blackout on Saturday.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $10, Various times

MUSIC | Maylee and Pegwee Power
Maylee Todd is a super-talented, hyper charming singer. An erstwhile member of Toronto's flagship indie group Henri Faberge and the Adorables, Maylee's got a golden voice and the stage presence to back it up. Her latest project includes a backing band made up of veteran Toronto musicians and is guaranteed to rock your socks off.
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., $8, 10 pm

PERFORMANCE | Circus Alchemy
Fire manipulation, rhythm and dance come together in this red hot piece of theater. For the next three days, Circus Alchemy will be presenting a brand new outdoor performance at the Harbourfront Centre that combines circus art, clowning, and burning things. A perfect complement to a late-summer waterfront stroll.
Harbourfront Centre Redpath Stage, 235 Queen's Quay West, Free, 9 pm

FESTIVAL | Indian Electronica Festival
Installments of the Indian Electronica Festival have been staged in London, New York, and Bombay, and tonight it comes to Ossington. Live acts and DJs will be showcasing music that fuses tradition and modernism, accompanied by visuals that portray the South Asian aesthetic. Could be the first sign of an Indian scene taking root on the West side of town. If so what should we call it? Bollyoss? Ossywood?
Rolly's Garage, 124 Ossington Ave, $5 before 10 pm, 9 pm

MUSIC | Hi-Hat 4 Launch Night
Hi-Hat Recordings are and independent record company who have some great young talent on their label. For the next two days, some great Canadian acts will take the stage at the Rancho to celebrate the release of Hi-Hat's latest compilation CD featuring 17 bands from across the country. The highlight tonight be Black Hat Brigade, a group of Brampton rockers who have just released their own album, and also on the bill are Spooky Ruben and Wildlife.
Rancho Relaxo, 300 College St., $7, 10 pm

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