Radar: November 5, 2009
Events on Toronto's Radar for THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.
FILM | 17th Annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
Presented in association with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival will screen 30 films over the next week and a half accompanied by artists' talks examining representations of mental illness on film. This year's festival focuses on dysfunction in the family, and includes new movies by award-winning directors Chris Landreth, Helma Sanders-Brahms, and Lea Pool. Runs til November 14.
Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin St., and Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W., Passes $40 - $100, various times
ART SALE | Art Off the Lot
Art Off the Lot takes over a vacant Chrysler dealership on King Street this weekend to bring you some of the finest visual art talent from across the country. The exhibition/sale is artist represented, which means there are no middle men between you and the art producers themselves. It's also juried to ensure a high standard of artistic merit. Perfect for collectors, art buyers, and those just looking to see some fresh new work. The pay what you can donation goes to produce future exhibitions. Runs til Sunday.
1030 King St. W., PWYC, 7 pm - 10 pm tonight
COMEDY | Don't You Forget About Patrick Swayze
Well it looks like we've got a franchise on our hands. It all started when John Hughes died earlier this year and comedian Darryl Pring staged a sold out evening of improvised recreations of three of the beloved director's best-loved films from the 1980s. Now that Patrick Swayze has passed on, another adored star of decades passed is gone and the folks at the Comedy Bar are doing improvised recreations of Ghost, Point Break, and Dirty Dancing. Not sure what an improvised recreation is exactly, but these folks are making a career out of these nights. If Molly Ringwald goes missing, you know where to look.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $10 for one show, $20 for both, 8 pm
MUSIC | Grand Analog - Make Some Noise at the Library
There must be some very hip librarians at the TPL, because someone's been booking in-library concerts the last little while featuring some of the city's best bands. Tonight Toronto via-Winnipeg hip hop act Grand Analog will rock out between the stacks. The band's made a name for itself by blending hip hop, punk, and funk to create a unique sound. No need to keep your voice down at this all ages free show. Vive la bibliotheque!
Toronto Public Library, 766 College St., Free, 7 pm
ART FESTIVAL | Wham City and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Baltimore art collective Wham City are putting on their first international show this weekend, bringing together visual art, live music, dance, and free breakfast. Tonight is the free component of the show, an art exhibition at the Deleon White gallery showing work by dozens of artists working in comics, painting, video, theatre, lectures, and performance. With so many artists on display, its difficult to tell what the show will be like, and their website isn't exactly illuminating, but it looks pretty wild. Runs til Sunday.
Deleon White Gallery, 1139 College St., Free, 7 pm
THEATRE | Gas Girls
This new play by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard tells the story of two Zimbabwean girls working as prostitutes along the nation's rural trucking routes, one of the mainlines of HIV transmission in Southern Africa. Gigi works for gas, while her younger friend Lola struggles to learn the biz and find love in the process. The play won awards and acclaim in March when it was staged in Alberta, and its strength comes from true-to-life characters whose motivations and emotions are as recognizable as the girl's next door. Runs til November 14.
Theatre Passe Muraile Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave., $15, 8 pm
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