Radar: October 8, 2009
MUSIC/NOSTALGIA | Barred For Life Toronto
Henry Rollins will be remembered for many things (some more laudable than others), but for a generation of punk rockers he'll always be the singer for Black Flag. The punk band gained such a devoted following that an army of fans tattooed the Black Flag logo somewhere on their bodies. A Philadelphia group has begun a project to collect photographs of BFF's (Black Flag Fans) with their tattoos, and compile them into a book. Tonight the project comes to Sneaky Dee's, and if you bear the mark they want your picture! Philadelphia punk band the Loved Ones supply the noise.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., 9 pm
THEATRE | Flash Forward 2009 Exhibition and Book Launch
Now in its fifth year, the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward project honours emerging photographers who its jurors feel represent the future of the medium. Dozens of Canadian and international artists have been recognized this year and their work compiled in the 2009 edition of the Flash Forward book. Tonight the book is launched at the Lennox Contemporary gallery, which also plays host to the Flash Forward exhibition until October 25.
Lennox Contemporary, 12 Ossington Ave., Free, 7 pm
MUSIC | Chang-a-Lang w/ Make Me Young
Local garage band Chang-A-Lang are known to make crowds dance at any time, in any venue, so expect the stifled confines of the Boat to be a hot and sweaty mess this evening. The trio is fronted by an supercharged frontman in singer/guitarist Brian Akamoto, and are just back from rocking Pop Montreal. Openers Make Me Young have yet to release a record but will do their best to whip the crowd into a frenzy of anticipation for their upcoming debut full length due out this fall
The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave., 9 pm
THEATRE | Spent
This four-person play is a timely piece of satire about the global financial crisis. Presented at the factory theatre, the work brings together two veterans of Canadian theatre in Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour with up-and-comers Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza to tell the story of two fat cat exec types who fall off the corporate ladder. Absurd and inventive, the play provides some insight into the mess we've found our collective selves in. Runs til October 25.
Factory Theatre Studio, 125 Bathurst St., $15, 8 pm
PARTY | Funktion's Park Party
This indoor park party brings the foliage inside at the Drake Hotel. The walls of room 222 of the Drake will be disappear behind lush greenery, and the sounds of old school hip hop, soul, and funk will mingle with the chattering of birds, bees and squirrels. Summer's long gone and you can't hang out in the park all night anymore, this is the next best thing. You can even take a piece of the park home with you when the party's over.
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 9 pm
THEATRE | Salt Baby
This play by Native Earth Performing Arts examines the peculiar situation many aboriginal people in this country have found themselves in of having to measure their heritage in fractions. A mother who is half Mohawk + a grandfather chief who married a white woman + a Tuscarora father = three quarters of official Indian status, but what does that mean in human terms? The play opens tonight and will further NEPA's mandate of developing and producing professional expressions of the Candian aboriginal experience.
Theatre Paisse Murale, 16 Ryerson Ave, $20, 8 pm
FUNDRAISER | Concert for Inclusion
This concert aims to raise funds for Parasport Ontario, a non-profit group who's mission it is to provide parallel opportunities in sport for people with disabilities. Hosted by genuinely funny human being Colin Mochrie and his talented wife Debra McGrath, tonight's concert features 18-year old singing sensation Simone Soman, singer-songwriter Justin Hines, and several of Toronto's best jazz vocalists. Tickets ain't cheap, but all proceeds go to purchase much-needed equipment for Parasport's programs.
Glenn Gould Theatre, 250 Front St. W., $75, 6 pm
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