Radar: November 2, 2009
MUSIC | Pat Thornton's 24 Hour Stand-Up Set
Comedian Pat Thornton has a huge heart, and apparently massive balls to match. Starting this evening the writer for the Jon Dore Television Show and Howie Do It is performing a 24-hour long stand-up set to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For the low price of $5 you can get a wristband to come and go as you please, so pop in and out to watch Thornton slowly devolve into a gurgling, joke blubbering blop. You can also donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation from Thornton's webpage, and you really should. This much suffering is certainly worth a penny or two.
The Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $5, 6 pm - 6pm,
MUSIC | The Misfits at the Reverb
It's the peril of any legendary band that after their heyday they will continue to limp on, shadows of their former selves. The Misfits were only churning out b-horror movie-inspired punk tunes for six years starting in the late 1970s, and yet the band continues to tour ever since it "reunited" in 2001 with only one of its original members. Since then original Misfits drummer Robo has rejoined Jerry Only and Blag Flag guitarist Dez Cadena to hit the road on a massive North American tour that makes its Toronto stop tonight. Judging by the number of Misfits t-shirts on display this Halloween the band still has a loyal following and it should be a hot ticket.
The Reverb, 651 Queen St. W., 6:30 pm
PARTIES | Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch
For 25 years the Playwrights Canada Press has given our nation's dramatists a platform for their work, publishing dramas by members of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Tonight they launch their Fall season with readings of recently published works by the writers themselves, including Stephen Masciotte, Don Hannah, and Daniel David Moses. One of the works being launched is The Drowning Girls, now playing at the Tarragon to solid reviews. Daniela Vlaskalic and Beth Graham, two of the show's stars and writers will be reading excerpts from the play about a man who marries and then murders three women by drowning them in the tub.
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., Free, 7 pm
MUSIC | GWAR at the Sound Academy
GWAR is a band made up of super-powerful alien warriors who descended form outer space to Antarctica in order to fulfill their destiny of sexually enslaving the human race. They better step up their game though, cause they've been at it since 1988 and have yet to enslave even a single nation. So far their biggest achievement has been getting a Grammy nomination for their 1993 video Phallus in Wonderland. Their live shows are truly a sight to behold, and include corpses spewing bodily fluids, latex aliens, and a giant mechanical maggot.
The Sound Academy, 11 Polson Ave., $29.50, 7 pm
COMMUNITY | Launch of the West End Food Co-Op's Bond Campaign
The West End Food Co-Op is a busy little organization. Having already started the beloved Sorauren Park Farmer's Market last year, the group is looking to open a food store within the next two years. Tonight the non-profit co-op launches a new project to make a local food network in this city a reality with a meeting at the Gladstone, open to all community members who'd like to get involved.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., Free, 7 pm - 9 pm
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