Radar: October 16, 2009
MUSIC | Shout Out Out Out Out at Wrongbar
A live performance by Shout Out Out Out Out is something to behold. Powered by a rhythm section of two drummers playing along with electronic beats, the Edmonton band really knows how to get a crowd excited. They play two back-to-back shows at Wrongbar this weekend, each of which will be followed by an in house after party featuring some great DJ talent including Shit La Merde on Friday night. Electro/disco outfit TMDP opens.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $18.50, 8 pm
PHOTOGRAPHY | Understanding Gulu: A Look at Life Within the Camps
For over 23 years, the East African country of Uganda has been torn apart by a brutal civil war. The Lord's Resistance Army has waged a campaign of terror in an attempt to destabilize the central government, creating thousands of refugees in the process. Toronto photographer Andrea Smith visited the refugee camps in 2007, and tonight unveils photos which she hopes will offer Canadians a glimpse into the lives of Ugandans. Smith is joined on opening night by representatives of GuluWalk, a peace initiative that aids Ugandan children.
Gallery DK, 1332 Queen St. W., $10 donation suggested, 7 pm - 10 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Beautiful Monsters
The House of Pomegranates Press brings you this evening for lovers of strange and unusual stories. Come to mention it, the story of the House of Pomegranates itself is a little unusual: the organization is made up of three misfit sisters who purport to live in a haunted house where they spend their days designing clothes, writing novels, and publishing other people's spooky works. They've brought together some great talent for this night of story telling, including Tony Burgess, author of Cancon zombie tale Pontypool Changes Everything.
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W., $10, 8 pm
MUSIC | Dan Mangan at Criminal Records
Dan Mangan's has played songs from his most recent release Nice, Nice, Very Nice all over the world while touring Australia, the UK, Canada, and the US. The well-traveled Vancouverite plays intelligent rootsy tunes, and has been hailed by publications such as Britain's NME and our own CBC Radio 3 as an act to keep an eye on. He comes to Criminal Records this evening for a free show. The Queen St. record shop keeps throwing these free concerts; I really hope someone is purchasing a CD or two.
Criminal Records, 493 Queen St. W., Free, 6 pm
PARTY | Tuff Meat
Indie party Tuff Meat has bounced around some different venues since its inception a year ago, but it's now found a permanent home at the Gladstone Hotel. DJs Tuff Ghost and Jen O'Brien (otherwise known as the Meat) spin an unpretentious mix of faves for Queen West twentysomethings looking to get their groove on to Hot Chip, Phoenix, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Be sure to stick around for their trademark oldies set at last call.
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., $5, 10 pm
THEATRE | The Last Five Years
Jason Robert Brown's play debuted in Chicago in 2001 and attempts to update the music theatre genre with a unique structure. It tells the story of a failing marriage from the vantage point of both husband and wife, but the two characters never interact. Instead we follow the wife as she travels back in time from the marriage's end while her husband recounts how the pair met and got married. The IANA Theatre Company stages two performances of the work today, and the actor playing the husband is the guy from the Doodlebops! Glad he gets to take off that creepy wig every once and a while.
Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd., 2 pm and 8 pm
FILM | imagineNATIVE Film Festival
Play hookie from work today and take in a day of programming from the imagineNATIVE Film Festival at the Al Green Theatre. It begins at 1 pm with a screening of CBQM, a film that examines the unifying role that a radio station can play to native peoples in the far north. Also on the bill is The Strength of Water, a melodrama about tensions in indigenous Maori society set against the backdrop of New Zealand's beautiful landscapes. All six of today's films celebrate the achievements of indigenous filmmakers.
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave., $7 and up, 1 pm - 12:30 am
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