Radar: Police, Adjective, Field Notes, High Fidelity: The Musical, Mr. Scruff at Wrongar, Little Girls at Sneaky Dee's, Clash, Matt Barne's Panthers, and Hip Hop Karaoke
FILM | Police, Adjective
Romanian director Corneliu Porumbiu's follow-up to his award-winning 12:08 East of Bucharest, the stellar film Police, Adjective is a cop drama that's low on action but high on insight. The story follows a lone policeman through a dreary Romanian town as he tracks a group of teens suspected of drug trafficking and deals with a police bureaucracy that is hilariously inept. The film wowed audiences at Cannes last year and has earned five star reviews all over the world. Runs til January 27.
The Royal, 608 College St., $10, $8 students and seniors, 7 pm
GALLERY | Field Notes
This new exhibition by three of Toronto's up-and-coming artists is inspired by the art of note-taking. Admittedly, it's not the most inspiring activity, but illustrators Adrian Forrow, Kellen Hatanaka and Jim Mezei use the mundane act as a jumping-off point to explore the nature of the creative process. All of the work on display was once just scribbles in a tiny notebook somewhere but have been writ-large for display. The show opens tonight with a reception and some free food and drink. Runs til February 12.
Industtrees Gallery, 1234 College St., Free, 8 pm
THEATRE | High Fidelity
High Fidelity has already been a best-selling book and a smash hit movie, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before some one turned it into a musical. The show makes its Canadian debut tonight at Hart House and features an original score by Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt. Each song was written in a radically different style, reflecting the encyclopedic musical knowledge of Rob, the story's audiophile protagonist. The score's probably not as good as the awesome soundtrack to the film, unless you prefer Broadway tunes to pop music. Weirdo. Runs til January 30.
Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, $25, $15 students and seniors, 8 pm
PARTY | Mr. Scruff at Wrongbar
Legendary British DJ Mr. Scruff comes to Wrongbar tonight for a set that will have the Queen West club packed to the gills. Mr. Scruff hails from Manchester, the Mecca of trip-hop, and his music is as summery and playful as the art he's almost equally famous for. His sets are notoriously long (curse Toronto's 2 a.m. last call!) and veer all over the musical map from 60's soul and jazz to cutting edge electronica.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $15, 10 pm
MUSIC | Little Girls at Sneaky Dee's
Sisters, Grooms, and Little Girls. Yes, three things you will find at wedding, but also the bill playing at Sneaky Dee's tonight. If you read local music press these days, you can't avoid hearing about Little Girls, a recent acquisition of trend-setting Canadian label Paper Bag Records who are gathering steam thanks to their brand of catchy lo-fi rock. Sisters and Grooms are on tour from their native New York and play similarly gritty pop. My only question is how are Brides not on this bill?
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $8, 9 pm
PARTY | Clash
If you can't decide between a classy night out at a club or a trashy night getting sloshed at your local dive bar, check out the Clash party at the Voglie Lounge, which will bring you the best of both worlds. On the first floor of the lounge, the sexy burlesque troupe the Harlettes will be performing to the sounds of DJ Diana, while upstairs things will be decidedly more grungy with DJ Sleaze and his go-go dancers. Voglie isn't charging a cover either, which I think is a pretty classy thing to do.
Voglie Lounge, 582 Church St., Free, 10 pm
GALLERY | Matt Barnes Panthers
Toronto photographer Matt Barnes shoots everything from commercial ads, rock stars, and naked ladies. But his new show takes him into some unexpected subject matter: images of inspired by the Black Panther Party. Black nationalism is a touchy subject, and Barnes's work isn't exactly subtle, so expect some brash yet alluring works. Tonight's opening party will feature an appropriate funk and soul soundtrack from Dylan-Thomas Childs. Runs til February 19.
Pikto Gallery, Distillery District, 55 Mill St., Reception 6 pm - 10 pm
PARTY | Hip-Hop Karaoke
Have you ever wanted to rap, but are more girly than gangsta? This party at Revival lets you test out your lyrical flow in a no-attitude environment. Choose from over 600 classic hip hop tracks and preform your favourite verses live in front of hundreds of fans surrounded by hypemen and emcees. Tonight's edition is hosted by some real live rappers in Abdominal and More or Les, and as it's the popular party's third anniversary tonight they're promising a very special guest.
Revival, 783 College St., $5 before 11 pm, 9 pm
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