Radar: November 16, 2009
REVUE | The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Nothing says Christmas like leggy women in satin high-kicking their way across a stage. The Rockettes' world famous holiday show has been delighting little boys and girls (but especially little boys) since it debuted in 1925 and its annual touring show is now one of the most-seen performances in North America every year. For the next three nights they will be entertaining audiences at the Air Canada Centre with their new amped up, fit-for-arena revue. One performance tonight and two each day on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., $35.50 - $84.50, 4 pm and 7:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | 100 Photographs That Changed Canada
CBC host Don Newman interviews Mark Reid tonight about his new book on the images that have helped shaped the nation. Reid is editor of the Beaver,
nationalist-themed porn mag Canada's History Magazine, and has compiled 100 journalistic and archival photographs that tell the country's story. Each photo is accompanied by a short essay by notable Canadians including Christie Blatchford, Dick Pound, Brian Tobin, and Newman himself.
Indigo Bookstore, 55 Bloor St. W., Free, 7:30 pm
LECTURE | Trampoline Hall
Toronto's favourite amateur lecture series is back tonight for its second show at its new digs at the Garrison. The topics this time are somewhat vague and include "Transitioning" and "the Mean Problem." I like the sound of Christine Pountney's "Lot's Wife and the Art of Looking Back" though. Very poetic indeed. I would expect nothing less from a creative writing professor at U of T, although I'm concerned her academic career means she's not really an amateur. Hopefully she's stuck to the rules though and is at least clueless about her particular topic.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., $6, Rush tickets available for $5 at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Poetry Reading with Lisa Robertson, Lise Downe, and Natalie Zina Walschots
Lisa Robertson is a renowned Canadian poet now living in Oakland, CA. For nearly twenty years she has used her poetry to examine fundamental concepts of language and gender. Her creative mind is so fertile she once wrote an entire volume of poems inspired by BBC shipping forecasts. Her next work is rumoured to be based on the ways in which Highway 400 traffic reports presuppose a gendered perspective on modern living. (Not really). Robertson returns to Toronto tonight to read from her latest work along with like-minded poets Lise Downe and Natalie Zina Walschots.
This Ain't the Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau St., 8 pm
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