Radar: November 6, 2009
FAIR | Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Now in its 87th year, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest indoor agricultural fair in the world. This year it includes a wine competition, a giant vegetable challenge, horse shows, the SuperDogs, a rodeo, a petting zoo and lots more. Tonight the show will be officially opened by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in a free ceremony full of pageantry and pomp. Lots of great food, drink, stuff for the kiddies, and of course your favourite large domesticated mammals. Runs til November 15.
Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princess Ave., Free today before 9:45 am, $16 - $30 otherwise
FILM AND PERFORMANCE | ArtCore
This event asks the question, "Where is the line between art and pornography?" and quickly provides its own answer: "It doesn't really matter because watching hot artsy movies in which people have sex is fun." Clips of art influenced by porn, and porn influenced by art will be shown, and apparently some include hot dogs, Barbie dolls, and fruit. Feminist porn, art installations involving suggestive donuts, it's all here. Just make sure you don't get accidentally aroused by any art or enlightened by any porn.
Bread and Circus, 299 Augusta St., $10, 8 pm
MUSIC | Junior Boys w/ Woodhands at Lee's Palace
Hamilton-based duo Junior Boys have only released 3 full-length albums since forming in 1999, but the electro-pop outfit has certainly made the most of them. Their third album Begone Dull Care was nominated for a Polaris Prize, and they've won near unanimous acclaim at home and abroad. They hit Lee's Palace tonight with Woodhands, a hyper-excited band consisting of a man who is probably Toronto's best drummer in Paul Banwat and the city's best (and only?) keytar player Mr. Daniel Werb.
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., $20, 9 pm
FILM | Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival seeks to examine societal attitudes towards mental illness by analyzing its portrayal on film. The fest continues today with four films including Devil Plays Hardball, a documentary on life on the mean streets of Vancouver's East Side, Goddamit, the tragicomic story of a Dutch drug dealer, and Cure for Love, an enlightening look at homosexuality and orthodox religion.
Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W., $10, 1 pm - 11:30 pm
FILM | Free Film Friday: Grizzly Man
In terms of must-see films Grizzly Man should be high on your list. The film chronicles the life and grisly demise of Timothy Treadwell, a troubled social outcast who took to the Alaskan wilderness after a series of failures (including losing out to Woody Harrelson for the role of the bartender on Cheers). Treadwell befriended a group of wild bears and shot amazing footage of himself standing unbelievably close to the giant animals until one day the inevitable happened. In this doc, iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the inner turmoil that drove Treadwell to so such insane risks.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Free, 7 pm
FILM | Noche de Los Muertes
For some reason, Mexcian skull art has found its way into popular culture in the past years. The now-familiar imagery is a testament to playful yet macabre attitude towards death exhibited in Mexican cultures since pre-Columbian times. Tonight's mini film festival displays a modern take on the relationship between death and Latin America, featuring the best in Latin American horror films including Guiellermo Del Torro's The Devil's Backbone and several indie pics.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $12, 11:45 pm
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