Radar: October 19, 2009
FOOD | 4th Annual Toronto Chocolate Festival
All week restaurants and chocolatiers across the city are celebrating the Chocolate Festival with special menus and deals on all things made from the delicious cocoa bean. The free Chocolicious passport will get you deals at establishments like Dahso Chocolat, The Belgian Chocolate Shop, and Crepes a Gogo. There's also a Chocolate Relay in which cops and firefighers will see who can scarf down the most chocolate and the The University Women's Club will host an chocolate-infused dinner. It all caps off with the swanky Chocolate Ball at the Palais Royale on Saturday.
Various locations and prices.
MUSIC | Rain Machine
TV on the Radio's guitarist and singer Kyp Malone released his first solo project in September under the moniker Rain Machine. The album of the same name covers some similar territory to TVOTR's most recent releases, with Malone's idiosyncratic vocals and aggressive guitar riffs featuring prominently. TVOTR's last album had many critics calling them one of the best bands going, so anything Malone does right now should be a hot ticket. Brooklynite Sharon van Etten opens.
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., $18, 9 pm
LECTURE | Trampoline Hall
The Trampoline Hall lecture series is settling into its new digs at virginal Dundas nightspot the Garrison after defecting from its long-time home at Sneaky Dee's. This event is a fave for anyone who's ever enjoyed it, featuring lectures by very smart people with the only catch being that they can't be an expert in the subject they're talking about. This week journalist Sarah Barmak discusses mixed martial arts while Sachin Hingoo tackles feigning interest and Elizabeth Bromstein ponders sex with robots. TH usually sells out but some $5 tickets are available at the door.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., $5, 7:30
MUSIC | Richard Underhill Jazz Quartet at the Lula Lounge
Alto sax player Richard Underhill has an impressive resume. He won a Juno in 2003, is a founding member of legendary jazz combo the Shuffle Demons, and has toured extensively in Europe and North America for over 22 years. Tonight he'll record a new live album right before your eyes (and ears) at the Lula Lounge with an all-star band that includes Lincoln Centre Jazz alum Ron Westray on trombone.
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, $10, 7 pm
BOOK SALE | University College Book Sale
The East and West Halls of the Hogwart-esque University College building are open for the next two days for an humongous book sale. Over 75, 000 gently used books are on offer, covering a wide variety of topics and genres. Academic texts, children's books, old novels, business guidebooks and anything else you can think of are on sale at very reasonable prices. Proceeds go to support University College, because those crippling tuition fees still aren't covering everything.
University College, 16 King's College Circle, Free, 12 pm - 8 pm
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