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Radar: Emergence 2 at WhipperSnapper, Icarus Redux, Joy Division Tribute, Art Listings Pro Launch Party, The In Crowd , I Can Hear You Humming

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Events on Toronto's Radar for THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

GALLERY | Emergence #2 at Whippersnapper
Fresh off the announcement that Whippersnapper, College St.'s little-gallery-that-could, will be closing its doors this spring comes one of the most ambitious exhibitions to ever occupy the space. Emergence #2 features installations by young artists Amanda Nedham and Jannick Deslaurier, both of which speak to histories of colonialism and violence. Nedham's piece is a custom made torture device fit for a general, and Deslaurier has constructed a field of poppies surrounding a ghostly war machine. Runs til Jan. 22.

THEATRE | Icarus Redux
The massive hit of the 2009 Fringe Festival returns today as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. The play is an ultramodern take on the ancient myth of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun on wings made of wax. A highlight of the show is its incredible set design, which includes puppetry and stage-spanning wings. Don't miss your second chance to see this amazing production. Runs til Jan. 17.
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., $12 - $15, Various times

MUSIC | Joy Division Tribute: The Last Concert Album
Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis's suicide in 1980 was generally considered a bad move by his friends and relatives at the time, yet it cemented his status as a new-wave rock god. Thirty years later his cult continues to grow, and there is likely no bigger devotee than the Disraelis singer Cameron Ingles, who has staged several Joy Division tributes over the years. Tonight he's put together a band to recreate the post-punk pioneers final show, which took place in Birmingham on May 2, 1980. Ingles and Co. know their stuff, and if previous shows are any indication, tonight should be a more than reasonable facsimile of the real thing.
The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W., $5, 9 pm

ART PARTY | Art Listings Pro Launch Party and Group Exhibit
Social media magazine Art Listings Professional throws a party tonight to celebrate its sixth month in operation. The web-based publication serves as a publicity machine for local artists while also providing the latest news on new art as well as historical art documentation. Tonight's party will feature spoken word and visual art performances and will also serve as the unveiling of the APL group show, featuring the works of Charles Hackbarth, Sean Hadley, Andreanne Le Hudon, Marinko Jareb, Trevor Laalo, and Ryan Rader.
CulturShoc Gallery, 1205 Queen St. W., 7 pm

PARTY | Ride the Tiger and the In Crowd at Tattoo Rock Parlour
Student ID gets you in free to this party tonight at Queen W.'s swankiest dirty rock bar/tattoo parlour (I'm hoping that's university student ID, not high school). It's gonna be soul, funk, rnb, and 60s rock all night, and there will be a live performance by something called Ride the Tiger. With $3.50 drinks before midnight this is an excellent option for the budget-conscious student. Don't get drunk and get a tattoo kids, your mom will be pissed.
Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen St. W., $5 cover, 10 pm

GALLERY | I Can Hear You Humming: Photography by Mark Kasumovic
This exhibition at Spadina Ave. Imageworks Gallery is Mark Kasumovic's first major solo show. In a series of photographs, Kasumovic follows a grid of power lines throughout Southern Ontario cities and into the countryside, revealing a certain beauty in structures that are essential to our society and yet are so commonplace they are almost invisible. The young photographer and Ryerson grad has earned several awards in his young career, and its easy to see why. Runs til January 30.
Imageworks, 80 Spadina Ave., Reception tonight 5 pm to 7 pm

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