Radar: October 29, 2009
MUSIC | Nico's Choice w/ Richard Reed Parry
Composer Nico Muhly is only 28 years old, but already he has an impressive resume, having collaborated with Bjork and Philip Glass and seen original work premiered by the American Symphony Orchestra. Muhly collaborates with Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra on an unusual project debuting at the wonderful new Koerner Hall tonight. The performers play music by the likes of Henry Purcell and Philip Glass while wearing special stethoscopes that will allow their own heartbeats and breathing rates to set the tempo for the music. Intriguing.
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., $25 - $45, 8 pm
PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL | Canwest Cabaret Festival
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts will be staging 60 shows by 150 performers over the weekend as part of a four-day cabaret festival. Audiences will be treated to performances by the likes of Cuba Tradicional, Elizabeth Shepherd, a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL, Melanie Doane, and more... as they move through the venue, which will be divided into five separate supper clubs each with its own stage. The opening gala is tonight and includes a pre-show reception and performances by Molly Johnson and David Buchbinder.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, $20, 7 pm
PARTIES | Zombie Prom Spectacular
Toronto's got the Fake Prom and the Zombie Walk, so it may have been inevitable that some one came up with the Zombie Prom. Come dressed in your best zombie prom outfit to have your prom picture taken with your gory date and hopefully you'll both be crowned zombie king and queen. Folk bands the Good Lovelies and the Human Statues will be in full zombie getup to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Dinner will also be served. If it's anything but a plate of brains, I call shenanigans.
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., $15 advance, 7 pm
MUSIC | The Bitters w/ Metz and the Little Girls
Some great bands play Sneaky Dee's tonight as part of the Fucked Up-curated and aptly named Fucked Up Weekend festival. Dive-bar artists the Bitters are joined by Paper Bag darlings the Little Girls and early 90's grunge revivalists Metz. These bands have all been garnering a lot of hype lately and with tickets going for the low low price of $8, it's sure to be a packed, floor- shaking show. It's also sure to sell out, so you better show up early or you'll end up spending the night downstairs scarfing nachos again.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $8, 9 pm
TELEVISION | Green Light - How New Shows are Chosen and Developed by the CBC
So you think you can make a better show than Little Mosque on the Prairie? Well you're probably right, but how to get it on the air? Today CBC execs will shed some light on the process of producing television and radio shows for Canada's beloved national broadcaster, and hopefully give some encouragement to aspiring writers. The event is completely free and has two installments; this week's addresses radio shows while next week's tackles television.
CBC Building, 250 Front St. W., Free, 12 pm
GALLERY | Bog Body
The Penny Arcade takes you back to the Dark Ages tonight with a celebration of all things medieval. Artists Nicole Donaldson, Jimmy Limit, and Kristin MacGregor have put together an exhibition of photography, textiles, and sculpture that examines the environmental harmony and pagan spirituality of the era. Minimalist trio Huckleberry Friends and black metal band Blodvargar will provide the live music, and afterwards DJ Lyndsey Cope will be spinning viking metal tunes. Sounds like good, pillaging fun.
Penny Arcade, 1177 Dundas St. W., $3, 9 pm
PARTY | DJ Jazzy Jeff at the Brant House
He's still alive, he's still touring, and yes, he's still "jazzy." The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's resident dimwitted, sister-chasing lowlife, Jazzy Jeff (a.k.a. 48-year old Jeffery Townes) has been touring North America throwing parties at clubs and campuses ever since the show ended, and apparently he can still get the crowd moving. Rumour has it he definitely still plays THAT song. You know the one...Innnnn West Philadelphia born and raised...
The Brant House, 522 King St. W., $10.50, 9 pm
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