Radar: October 22, 2009
FILM FESTIVAL | Brazil Film Fest
We've already had the Polish and Armenian film festivals in the last few weeks, and now it's time to give the Brazilians a shot. The festival's programming reflects the vibrant Brazilian culture that has resulted from several centuries of interaction between Portugese, African, Japanese and aboriginal peoples, and includes the classic soccer doc This is Pele and an in-depth look at one of the country's most revered samba schools in The Mystery of Samba. The festival opens tonight with LaĂs Bodanzky's dancehall drama The Ballroom. Runs til Sunday.
The Royal, 608 College, $10, 7 pm
PARTY | Evan Biddell Afterparty at the Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel gets all tarted up for Fashion Week tonight, with a building-wide party by Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell. Fresh off unveiling his 2010 line, Biddell will make over the Drake with fashion forward hair and make up shows, performance art, and something described as "voyeuristic projection-based installations." Also featuring a performance by Maylee Todd, one of Toronto's most entertaining singers and all-around nice gal.
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Free, 9 pm
THEATRE | Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch
"In the tradition of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, Debbie uses her sexuality to get what she wants" reads the Ghostlight Projects promo for this double bill. More entertainingly, in the tradition of 1970's porno, she also screws everything in sight. The off-Broadway adaptation of the story of a plucky group of cheerleaders just trying to raise some cash forms one half an evening of raunchy musical theatre tonight. Botched sex op opera Hedwig and the Angry Inch perfectly compliments DDD, and rounds out a night of sex, humour, and catharsis. Runs til November 8.
The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. W., $22.50-$60, 7 pm
ART FAIR | Art Toronto 2009
The only major fair of its kind in Canada, Art Toronto showcases modern and contemporary art and gives collectors and appreciators a chance to buy new work from over 100 international exhibiting galleries. This year's fair includes several special projects, including The News at Five, which will see a new exhibition installed and each day at 5 pm sharp. Tonight is the opening night reception, which gives eager buyers a chance to get first peek at the fair before it's open to the public. It's not cheap, but might be worth it. Runs til Monday.
Metro Convention Hall, 255 Front Street West North Building, $190, 6:30 pm
STORY FESTIVAL | FOOL - Festival of Oral Literature
One of my profs in university told us "the written word is the spoken word dead." Once you've written something down, it ceases to evolve. This festival celebrates the power of ever-changing oral stories, some of which have been passed on through generations, taking on new meaning with each telling. The festival has several events over the next four days, including six intimate house concerts in the downtown region tonight featuring stories by Yukon storyteller Yvan Coyote and local singer-songwriter Evalyn Perry.
Various locations, PWYC, 7:30 pm
MUSIC | The Raveonettes w/ the Black Angels
Danish duo the Raveonettes make 50s-inspired rock music that veers from poppy melodies into swells of noise a la Jesus and Mary Chain. Signed to Vice Records, they've shown they're more than just a flash in the pan by recently dropping their fourth studio album In and Out of Control. They're joined at the Phoenix tonight by Velvet Underground-obsessed Texas psychedelica outfit the Black Angels.
The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., $18.50, 8 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | International Festival of Authors
Unfortunately, today's scheduled talk with Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor has been cancelled. You'll have to settle for a Nobel Prize winner in Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. The writer of Snow and My Name is Red discusses his new work The Museum of Innocence. In a separate event Eoin Colfer, inheritor of the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy series, will also be introducing his newest instalment in the franchise.
The Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, $15, 8 pm
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