Radar: Cut/Paste: Creative Redesign at the ROM, Celebrity Shorts, Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra, Helping Haiti, PostSecret: An Improvised Show, Solo Exhibition by Oscar Patzan
GALLERY | Cut/Paste: Creative Redesign at the ROM
Creating new work by the method of cut and paste is such a common part of our culture that it can now be done with just a few clicks of a mouse. But the art of reusing long predates the desktop computer. Today the Royal Ontario Museum unveils a collection of designs that show examples of reuse through the ages while pointing to the fact that as conservation becomes an overriding concern, reuse will likely become dominant in the design world. The objects are marvelous products of necessity and human ingenuity and range from an improvised toaster made by a Kingston Prison inmate to examples of early improvisation by Canadian pioneers. Runs til January 31st.
Royal Ontario Museum Institute for Contemporary Culture (4th Floor), $22 General Admission, 10 am - 5:30 pm, 10 am - 9:30 pm Fridays
FILM | A World of Shorts Presents: Celebrity Shorts
The National Film Board presents an evening of star-studded short films tonight as part of its World of Shorts program. Anna Faris, Eric Stoltz, Sir Derek Jacobi and Jenna Elfman are just some of the recognizable names that appear in the six films. In The Spleenectomy Anna Faris plays an aspiring actress who ends up posing as a surgeon, and veteran thespian Jacobi shines in a surreal comedy about death called One of These Days. A highlight should be 24-minute murder mystery Sparks, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hopefully it's in the same vein as 2006 film noir-inspired Brick, which proved the former 3rd Rock From the Sun actor has come a long way since taking orders from John Lithgow.
NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St., $6, $4 students, 7 pm
MUSIC | Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra
The Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra is a sextet of talented musicians who are apparently trying to overthrow an unnamed government regime with re-arranged New Order songs and instrumentals about squids. If that sounds too bizarre to be enjoyable, the PRO is adept at bridging the gap between their progressive arrangements and an 80's inspired pop sensibility and have earned heaps of positive reviews for their 2009 LP The Torture Memos. The group will play some new material tonight for those eager to hear where they're headed next and they will also be selling squid hats.
The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave., PWYC, 10 pm
FUNDRAISING PARTY | Helping Haiti at Footwork
Heading into the weekend, dozens of parties have been organized to raise money for earthquake-stricken Haiti. This one at Footwork features a laundry-list of the city's best house djs including DJ Shine, the Coup Digital crew, and Le Systeme's James Dunca. The suggested donation is $10, but feel free to donate more as all proceeds will go to Medicins Sans Frontieres, whose three medical facilities in the country were heavily damaged in the disaster. Here's hoping the young people of Haiti will get to do some partying of their own sometime soon.
Footwork, 425 Adelaide St. W., Suggested $10, 10 pm
THEATRE | PostSecret: An Improvised Show
Trawling through the anonymous confessions on the the PostSecret blog is funny and sad in equal proportions, but makes for some very addictive reading. The folks behind this event are hoping it also makes an addictive live show. PostSecret: An Improvised Show makes its debut at Clinton's, and performers will use anonymous secrets that have been posted on the site or mailed to the show to create a longform improvised show.
Clinton's Tavern, 693 Bloor St. W., 8 pm
GALLERY | Solo Exhibition by Oscar Patzan
Guatemalan-born artist Oscar Patzan's work fuses visual influences from his native land with the streetscapes of his new home. The results are fractured, worn-looking illustrations that evoke Latin American folk culture as much as they do the Toronto of the 1950s. Patzan is a young artist (he's still at OCAD) but has certainly developed a vision of his own and hopefully his solo show this week is only a sign of things to come. Runs til February 2 with a reception January 21.
Queen Gallery, 382 Queen St. W., Tuesday to Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm
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