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Radar: The "C" Word, mmmm.....Pop!, (Not So Nice) Italian Girls and Friends, CIHR Café Scientifique, Django Reinhardt Jam Session

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Events on Toronto's Radar for TUESDAY JANUARY 19, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

The Standup Sisters comedy group comes together tonight to combat the "C" word. Or at least, the other "C" word. Comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989, and shortly after Gilda's Club was founded by her friends and relatives according to her wish that no one should have to face the disease alone. Today, the club continues to provide emotional and social support to those living with cancer and their families. Six-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Martha Chaves hosts tonight's benefit for Gilda's Club, headlining a bill of all-female talent which includes Toronto veteran Jo-Anna Downey and queen of the one woman show Sandra Battaglini.
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., $30, Dinner and silent auction at 6:30 pm, Show at 8 pm

GALLERY | mmmmmm.....POP!
The name of the Hang Man Gallery in Riverdale is meant to evoke the nearby Don Jail, where people were really hanged until 1962. It may sound like a morbid play on words, but connecting the gallery to one of Toronto's most notorious landmarks is Hang Man's way of placing itself outside the main. A new exhibition by the gallery's large stable of artists opens today and focuses on sexuality in pop culture and the way sex is celebrated in our consumer culture.
The Hang Man Gallery, 756 Queen St. E., Free, Opening reception 7 pm - 9 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | (Not So Nice) Italian Girls and Friends
Michelle Arafalo is a busy gal. Between time working as a co-editor at prestigious Canadian literary quarterly Descant, she's also a blogger and author in her own right. Her well-received 2008 book Made Up of Arias delved into the life of an Italian immigrant family, and her cultural background as an Italo-Canadian is her favourite source material. She helms a bill of like-minded Italian girls tonight for a reading of poetry and short stories.
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., Free, 7 pm

PANEL | CIHR CafĂŠ Scientifique
The Canadian Insititutes of Health Research convenes a panel of experts tonight to discuss how Canadian health care reforms will affect our access family practices. Normally this might make for a very dry evening but luckily Brian Goldman, MD is involved. Dr. Goldman is the host of the popular CBC Radio program White Coat, Black Art and has an incredible knack for making doctors sound, you know, human, while rendering complex health issues understandable. He'll be joined by Richard Glazer, a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health and Jan Barnsley, professor of health policy at U of T.
Dora Keogh's Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave., Free, 6:30 pm

MUSIC | Django Reinhardt Jam Session
Although not exactly a household name, among musicians Django Reinhardt is nothing short of a legend. A French jazz guitarist of Gypsy descent, Reinhardt and his band set Paris alight in the 1930s by making some of the most original music of the 20th century, barely impeded by the fact that his two of his fingers were partially paralyzed. Tonight Toronto musicians play tribute to Django and his band with an open jam in his style, and anyone who thinks they have the chops to play along is welcome to attend. If you don't play, you might just want to sit back and enjoy as the band channels the sound of pre-war Paris.
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St. E., 8 pm

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