Radar: November 10, 2009
MUSIC | Girls at the Elmo
San Francisco band Girls bring their brand of sunny San Francisco Pitchfork-certified pop to the Elmo tonight. There's a scary back story to the band which includes parental members in cults, but you'd never know these guys had experienced any hardship given the optimism oozing from the tunes, all of which are available on their debut album, entitled "Album." No joke. Garden State rockers Real Estate Open.
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave., $12, 9 pm
FILM | Free Advance Screening: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell with Max Tucker
Tucker Max book about serial one-night stands and general douchebaggery has been on the bestseller list for the last four years, but he's taken some hits lately. Besides being roundly criticized as being a shameless misogynist, the movie adaptation of I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell bombed in a limited release in the US. It looks like Max has had to take to the road to promote the film, and will be at Innis tonight to take your questions after the show. The movie might be awful, but it should at least be fun to watch the less-than-brilliant Max dodge pot shots from Gender Studies majors.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Free, 7:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Canadian Voices Book Launch
Volume One of Canadian Voices is a compilation of prose and poetry which seeks to define what it means to be Canadian while traversing lines of age, gender, skin colour and origin. The book is launched tonight at the Supermarket with live performances by authors and musicians celebrating Canadian culture. Authors Dahn Batchelor, Reva Stern, Karen Lam, and Zita Hinson will read from their own works and the Hot Toddies will be performing a selection of Canadian folk tunes by the likes of Neil Young, Stan Rogers, and Gordon Lightfoot.
Supermaket, 268 Augusta Ave., 6:30 pm - 10 pm
FILM | First Weekend Screening: Prom Night in Mississippi
In 2008, actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the small town of Charleston, Mississippi's high school prom. But there was a catch: they had to let black and white students go together. Although the school had been integrated for decades, the taboo against interracial dating meant that segregated proms persisted well into this century. The director and producer of this stunning documentary will be on hand at the Drake tonight along with Rosemary Sadlier, President of the Ontario Black History society.
Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., $12, 7 pm
FILM | Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival: The Stranger in the Mirror
This film festival examining mental illness continues today with the Stranger in the Mirror, a special event focusing on anorexia. The event is hosted by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and is hoping to generate discussion on this disease that affects a large number of women and a growing amount of men. There will be a screening of series of short films on anorexia including Sophie Schoukens's Alice or Life in Black and White followed by an interactive discussion on the disease and its effects. RSVP at the event site as space is limited.
Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin St., 5 pm
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