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Radar: And So It Goes, Purplelectricity Prince Party, Girlesque Revue, Rusko at the Sound Academy, Community Bike Network's Open House, Lunacy Cabaret, Tumbling Into Light, Cut/Paste, WinterCity

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Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY JANUARY 30 and SUNDAY JANUARY 31, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

Saturday, January 30:

THEATRE | And So it Goes
George Walker is one of Canada's most esteemed playwrights, having won a Dora award five times, the Governor General's Award three times, and boasting the Order of Canada. And So it Goes is his first new play in over a decade, focusing on the ripped-from-the-headlines story of a couple dealing with downsizing during the Recession. The pair do what any couple in distress would do in a time of crisis and turn to a quirky literary genius for help. Luckily, Kurt Vonnegut (whose tagline from Slaughterhouse Five Walker stole for the title) is close by. The new play appears as part of the Factory Theatre's 40th anniversary season. Previews start this weekend and the show runs til February 28.
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., $15 - $35, Tuesday to Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm

PARTY | Purplelectricity Prince Party
Grab your purple leather jacket and ruffled blouse and come down to the Drake for Toronto's only Prince tribute party. The video dance party spans the sensual singer's entire career from his debut singles in the late 1970s to his critically acclaimed (although largely unlistened to) 21st century work. This party is so popular that organizers have launched a Club Purplelectricity rewards program under which you can buy a membership card and gain entry to all future Prince parties. Door prizes are a treasure trove of Prince paraphernalia and cover for this funkadelic party is only $5. In the words of Milhouse van Houten, so this is what it feels like when doves cry.
Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., $5, 10 pm

BURLESQUE | Girlesque Review
Toronto's top burlesque ensembles join forces tonight to put together a sinfully decadent evening of striptease. Skin Tight Outta Sight, the Atomic Cherries, the Harlettes Starlight, Glamour Puss, and Pink Velvet will all be represented along with indie artists Fiona Flauntit, Molly Mishap, Priscilla Pussycat and more. Basically this thing is the Superbowl of burlesque. The party continues after the show with DJ Misty Rock and Roll.
Revival, 783 College St., $20 advance, $25 door, 8 pm

MUSIC | Rusko at the Sound Academy
Dubstep heavyweight Rusko comes to town tonight to shake the hips of Toronto's clubbers. The Leeds, UK native has made a name for himself across the pond through collaborations with influential producer and dj Caspa, with whom he played a famous set at 2008's Galstonbury festival. He'll be joined by France's favourite folliclely-challenged dj Krazy Baldhead as well as local talent XI, Hydee, and Vaneska.
Sound Academy, 11 Polson St.., $18.50, 10 pm

BICYCLE | Community Bike Network's Open House and Bicycle Auction
For seventeen years the Community Bike Network has been working to make sustainable, community-friendly transportation accessible to all Torontonians. The network links together the city's bicycle initiatives as well as running skills building workshops and recycling programs. Today the CBN opens its doors for an all day auction on unique high-end and vintage bike parts, perfect for all you gearheads trying to put together A super sweet ride for spring. A number of the famous yellow Bikeshare bikes will also be for sale.
Community Bike Network, 761 Queen St. W., 12 pm - 6 pm

THEATRE | Lunacy Cabaret
East End vaudeville theatre the Centre of Gravity hosts this evening of eccentric, offensive, no-holds barred clowning and cabaret. Organizers describe the event as extreme vaudeville, which makes me picture guys with big mustaches in straw hats and red striped shirts on each other's shoulders riding unicycles and throwing axes at each other. Ok so that's not what actually happens, but I guarantee what does happen at Lunacy Cabaret is definitely as exciting. Expect eye popping displays of acrobatics, magic and circustry, with proceeds going to Circus Without Borders.
Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard St. E., $12 advance, $15 door, 7:30 pm

PHOTOGRAPHY | Toronto Photo Walk: The Beaches
Toronto Photo Walks takes budding shutterbugs on a tour of the Beaches today to capture the desolate beauty of the city's lakeshore and swap some tips with fellow photogs. Organizers are apparently undaunted by the wintry conditions and the walk is scheduled for 7 hours (with some timely stops at local bars and restaurants) through Woodbine Park and Kew Gardens in the morning and down the boardwalk and up to the RC Harris Water Treament Plant in the afternoon. If you're not up for having your feet turned into icy stumps you're free to catch up with them in the afternoon.
Start point at Pump House Park, Free, 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, January 31:

THEATRE | Tumbling Into Light
Three-time Juno nominees the Flying Bulgar Brothers have been playing together for over twenty years. While the band made a career out of playing Jewish klezmer soul music, on their sixth CD Tumbling Into Light the bros took a sharp turn and released an entire record of original music written and English and dressed in a contemporary folk sound. The Bulgars are pushing their own boundaries again by turning Tumbling Into Light into a multi-media extravaganza, and to do so they've collaborated with some artists at the top of their respective fields in choreographer Andrea Nann, iconic Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald, designer Lorenzo Savoini, and musicians Alana Bridgewater, Richard Underhill, and John Millard.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Bldg 49, $20 - $30, 3 pm and 7:30 pm

GALLERY | Cut/Paste
Sunday is your last chance to see this fantastic but short-lived exhibition at the ROM. Cut/Paste exhibits examples of creative redesign, a process by which an original design in redeployed to create a wholly new work. The pieces on display are variously the work of artists searching for new forms and practical creations from people who made use of the materials at hand. The result is an intriguing juxtaposition as the art by Douglas Coupland and Tobias Wong sits side-by-side with an improvised toaster made by a Kingston prison inmate.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, $22, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5:30 pm

Continuing:

FESTIVAL | WinterCity
The first weekend of WinterCity continues at Nathan Phillips Square with outdoor performances of Cosmogonia, a theatrical retelling of twelve scenes of the Book of Genesis. Performers are suspended against a screen projecting images of creation high above the square. Below them, a fire installation will be lit and throughout the evening choreographed fire performances by the Flaming Lotus Girls will take place. Meanwhile, the National Film Board is presenting animation workshops for children on Saturday and Sunday, and the city's only family inclusive dance event the Bunch Family Dance Party hits the Guvernment on Saturday.
Cosmogonia: Nathan Phillips Square, Free, Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 7 pm
Fire performances: Nathan Phillips Square, Free, Saturday 6:30 pm and 9 pm, Sunday 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm
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