Radar: November 9, 2009
LECTURE | Facing the Lens, Seeing the Light: Observations on Portrait Photography
The ROM's Vanity Fair portrait exhibition features 95 years of candid photographs of cultural icons, and has been a huge draw at the museum since the exhibition opened a few months ago. Tonight the museum's Institute for Contemporary Culture hosts a free panel discussion on the art of photographic portraiture with Sophie Hackett, curator of photography at the AGO, gallerist Jane Corkin, and Lily Kolton of the still-homeless National Portrait Gallery.
Signy and ClĂŠophĂŠe Eaton Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, 7 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized Biography
Very soon after John Ortved began writing his book about the making TV's longest-running comedy, the producers behind The Simpsons started sending him cease and desist orders. Apparently there were some elements of the show's past that they didn't want written about, but thankfully Ortved overcame the legal red tape and has produced a funny and revealing book about the unique cast of characters behind the show and the early years of one of the most important shows to ever air. Ortved talks to critic Richard Crouse tonight as part of This Is Not a Reading Series.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W., $5, 7:30 pm
FILM | Chris Alexander's Film School Confidential
Chris Alexander, who splits his time between being AM 640's movie guy and teaching film history at the Toronto Media & Film College, has just started a bi-monthly lecture and film series at the Bloor Cinema. Alexander's passion is b-movies, but if tonight's horrible horror film might be a little farther down the alphabetical rubric. The event's debut film is 1972's Horror Express, a railway-themed thriller featuring cossacks, zombies, and crazy scientists. The screening will be followed by an in-depth lecture from Alexander.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $10, 9:30 pm
ART | Dr. Sketchy's with Billie Black
This titillating Monday night event includes a half-naked woman performing on stage while people in the audience put their hands to good use. No, this isn't an early-week trip to one of Toronto's finer gentlemen's clubs but the latest installment of Dr. Sketchy's, the city's sauciest drawing sessions. As always, a local vixen (in this case Billie Black in her Dr. S debut) will provide the inspiration, and you bring your drawing materials. Make sure to get there early to ensure your spot.
Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W., $10, 7 pm - 10 pm
COMEDY | Welcome to Town
Every Monday this month The Bad Dog Theatre presents this show it's describing as a live satirical documentary. Veteran and up-and coming improv artists will spontaneously create the story of small town folk who decide to commit their less-than-interesting lives to video, revealing the back-biting dark side of rural life. Sounds like the latest installment in Toronto vs. the rest of the country.
Bad Dog Theatre, 138 Danforth Ave., $8, 8 pm
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