Radar: Come Up To My Room, Cinematheque Best of the Decade, Horizons: Joshua Roy, Screen This!, Taxidermia, Ladystache Gone Wild, Stand With Haiti
DESIGN | Come Up To My Room
The Gladstone presents the seventh edition of its annual alternative design fair tonight. The four-day event features immersing art installations throughout the hotel, including 11 in the rooms themselves and 14 others in public spaces in the building. CUTMR also provides an opportunity for artists and designers to engage in a dialogue about alternative design with a panel discussion on Saturday night entitled Thrive: Design for 100%, followed by a dance party on the hotel's first floor. The fair kicks off tonight with a media preview open to the public from 4 pm - 8 pm, and if past years are any indication the installations will be bizarre and astounding. Participating artists include Julia Hepburn, Lorella Di Cintio, Jonsara Ruth, Jennifer Sciarrino, Jacob Whibly, and Naomi Yasui. Runs til Sunday.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., $8, Thursday 4 pm - 8 pm, Friday 12 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
FILM | Best of the Decade at TIFF Cinematheque
Cinametheque's senior programmer James Quandt went on mission recently, asking a 60-person panel of distinguished filmmakers and critics to pick the films they thought were the most important of the last ten years. The result was a list of 55 films, many of which will be unknown to Toronto moviegoers. Over the next month Cinematheque will be screening a selections from the list, starting tonight with the the movie that won top spot; 2006 Thai masterpiece Syndrome and a Century by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The film tells the story of Weerasethakul's parents in two parts, with the dialogue and characters in each half essentially the same but leading to different outcomes. Tickets for the shows can be purchased individually, while a Best of the Decade Passport gets you entry into ten of the program's films.
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. W., $10.85 non-members, $6 Students, Passports $97.65, $56.81 for members, 7 pm
GALLERY | Horizons: Joshua Roy
Saint-Anselme, Quebec native Joshua Roy moved to Toronto in 1988 to pursue his artistic career. Abandoning his work in the commercial arena, Roy has become a profilic visual artist working in photography, painting and illustration. In his latest series of works, Roy re-imagines the edge of the world with paintings of Candian landscapes rendered in his trademark slashing style. The artist will be in attendance for tonight's opening reception at the IX Gallery, which will also feature some new works by Lori-Ann Bellissimo. Runs til February 13th.
IX Gallery, 11 Davies Ave., Reception 7 pm - 9 pm
WORKSHOP | Screen This!
The AGO presents this youth- and artist-led silkscreening workshop for anyone looking for a cheap and self-sufficient way to make their own t-shirts, bags or patches. Silkscreening is a very useful skill, especially if you need to do a little self-promotion but can't afford high printing costs. Plus it's fun! Today's workshop is free and doesn't require registration, all you need is a willingness to get your hands dirty. Led by local artist Kenji Tokawa.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School, 317 Dundas St. W., Free, 3 pm - 5 pm
FILM | Taxidermia
Local horror mag Rue Morgue presents disturbing 2006 flick Taxidermia tonight at the Bloor Cinema. The horror film by Hungarian director Gyรถrgy Pรกlfi is replete with disgusting characters including a man who ejaculates flame and a hugely obese competitive eater, and tells the story of three generations of evil men. As a special treat, CineMacabre has invited the Great Orbax, Canada's so-called "rogue taxidermist", to speak about his craft and display some of his weirdist creations.
The Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $10, 9:30 pm
COMEDY | Ladystache Gone Wild
Fearless female comedy troupe Ladystache gets crazy tonight with a comedy show/party at the Comedy Bar. If you're wondering what to expect, just check out their online video of the ladies trawling the streets of Toronto asking passersby to "show us your tits." The rowdy women will be joined by the Boom, Chris Locke, and Allyson Smith, and Ladystache is of course encouraging everyone to drink until they flash. Could get messy.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 9:30 pm
PARTY | Stand With Haiti at Tattoo Rock Parlour
The Pink Mafia crew gets philanthropic tonight at Tattoo Rock Parlour, converting their regular Thursday night party into a fundraiser for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The In Crowd will be spinning the tunes, joined by DJ Ainsworth to bring you the best in motown, R & B, soul and 60s rock. Get drunk for a cause with $3.50 drinks before midnight, and all proceeds of the $5 cover will go to Haitian relief. Donations larger than $5 will be accepted.
Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen St. W., $5, 10 pm
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