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Radar: Free Food at the Free Times Cafe, Bring it On Home, Pretty Raw Film Night, NSFW 2 Year Anniversary

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Events on Toronto's Radar for TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

BIRTHDAY PARTY | It's Finally Free at the Free Times Cafe
It's a truism in the restaurant business that longevity is hard to come by. Restaurants and bars pop up, change ownership, close down, and re-open under different names with regularity in the downtown core. But the Free Times CafĂŠ has been holding it down on College St. for a stunning 29 years - an impressive feat these days. To mark their anniversary the Annex institution is serving up free food all day, with a vegetarian buffet for lunch and dinner and free hors d'oeuvres in between. There will also be free drinks and free live entertainment throughout the day. That is what is known as "doing it right."
Free Times CafĂŠ, 320 College St., Free, 11:30 am to 2 pm

FILM | Pretty Raw: A Selection of Documentaries Curated by Jeremy McCormick
Curator Jeremy McCormick promises this evening of docs will be coarse, crude and probably pretty offensive. The films he's chosen focus on various sub-cultures that define themselves using narrow and exclusive sets of visual and social language. Frat House goes behind the scenes at one of New York State's most infamous fraternities, while Dark Carnival of the Souls delves into the motivations of fanatical followers of the Insane Clown Posse. Frat parties and ICP? Yeah that is going to get pretty raw.
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave., PWYC, 7:55 pm

PARTY | Bring it On Home Holiday Party
Ossington's favourite Tuesday night party turns it up a notch for the holiday season tonight. As usual, local videographer and vinyl enthusiast Scott Cudmore will be spinning all the best in soul and old rock n' roll with a special injection of Christmas singles including tracks from the holiday album by well-known producer/murderer Phil Spector. Supposedly there will be eggnog, but I'll believe it when I see it.
Sweaty Betty's, 13 Ossington Ave., Free, 10 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Free Speech
The final edition of this Parkdale reading series for 2009 brings you a solid line up of local talent including Home Movies author Ray Robertson, story writer Heather Birrell and Globe and Mail cultural commentator Robert Everett-Green. This month's featured songwriter is Rosemary Phelan, who by day works has a nurse but has won several awards for her music and has been recognized for her work that brings music to dying patients. Hosted by Mr. Something Something frontman and proud Parkdalian Johan Hultqvist.
Tinto, 89 Roncesvalles Ave., Free, 7:30 pm

COMEDY | NSFW 2 Year Anniversary
The Riv hosts this compendium of not-suitable-for-work internet videos. Monkeys drinking pee, newscasters breaking their legs, Japanese game shows - they're all classics. What's the point of going to a bar to watch something you could easily be watching right now on your lap top? The answer is the hilarious commentary provided by hosts Jared Sales and Tal Zimmerman, who are joined at this anniversary show by revolting man-child Jon Dore and Hotbox co-creator Pat Thornton.
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., PWYC, 8:30 pm

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