Weekend Radar: Copenhagen Hangover, Macbeth Reflected, Hotmess OCAD Fundraiser, Parameters, Sodom, Monkey Toast, Bring Back the Boombox, Thrifty Clothing Swap
Saturday, January 16:
PANEL DISCUSSION | Copenhagen Hangover
Why not spend this afternoon stimulating your intellect before you hit the town tonight to stimulate everything else? This panel discussion from the Ontario Science Centre brings together some climate change experts to contemplate some of the facts about global warming that may have fallen through the cracks in all the hype surrounding the Copenhagen Crisis in December. Author Cleo Paskal will be joined by U of T professors Doug MacDonald and L.D. Danny Harvey for what is designed to be an interactive discussion.
Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., Free, 4 pm - 6 pm
THEATRE | Macbeth Reflected
Theatre Jones Roy snagged two Dora's for their staging of Pyaasa and were lauded by critics for the hit Letters to my Grandma. The company is back tonight with a modernized and streamlined version of Shakespeare's Scottish Play. Theatre Jones Roy is adept at bringing out the darker elements of drama, and as far as stories about lust and power go, they don't get much better than Macbeth -- so this should be a good fit. Starring John Ng in the title role and Mary Ashton as the wicked Lady Macbeth, previews begin this weekend and the show runs til January 24.
Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave., $15 preview, $25, $20 students and seniors, Various times
PARTY | Hotmess OCAD Fundraiser
Artists need materials to work with and you need a place to party, so this event fulfills two very crucial needs. The BeatFreakers crew is being flown in from Chicago to tear up the dancefloor along with Toronto's J-Lah and the Hotmess boys, who seem to be everywhere these days. They're calling it a "fundrager", with proceeds going to OCAD's photography students.
Suba, 292 College St., $10, 11 pm
GALLERY | Parameters
Located smack dab in the middle of the Annex, Studio 561 begins a new exhibition today of several young painters and photographers. Jeff Bartels, Adrian Hayles, Stephanie Avery, Joseph Lablanc, Justine Precepa, Adrian Cohen-Gallant, Sophia Ilynak and Christopher Hogg all have diverse styles but share a budding talent for visual art. These artists may be largely unknown, but as my first year English prof told me "Never pass up a chance to go to an art gallery reception. There's bound to be free food and pretty girls." Words of wisdom, friends.
Studio 561, 561 Bloor St. W., Free, 8 pm
MUSIC | Daps All Ages with Casey Mecija
I was living in a shitty apartment above the Kapisanan Centre for Arts and Culture when it first opened a few years back, and I couldn't figure out why anyone would be stupid enough to rent out a crummy little storefront on Augusta Ave. But those kids quickly got busy making art, clothing and hosting concerts and today the centre is firmly established and continues to successfully empower youth through the arts. Kapisanan stages an all ages afternoon show today featuring Ohbijou's Casey Mecija, Santa Guerilla, and Sean Nicholas Savage.
Kapisanan Centre for Arts and Culture, 167 Augusta Ave., $7, 2 pm
PARTY | Sodom: Angel Affair
The notorious Sodom party returns to Goodhandy's tonight, promising a sinfully good time. There will be hot gay dudes dressed as angels, dancers in cages, people in spandex spanking each other, and tons of glitter... your typical Saturday night in the Village I guess. If this party's name isn't descriptive enough for you, just check out its (practically x-rated) website to get an idea of how crazy it gets. Hosted by Matt Barker, and featuring a special performance by Mahogany Browne.
Goodhandy's, 120 Church St., $7 before 11 pm, $10 after, $5 with student ID
Sunday, January 10:
COMEDY | Monkey Toast
Toronto's award-winning improvised talk show is wrapping up this spring, and they're starting the countdown early by calling Sunday's edition the 10th Last Toast. The end of Toast has come about as a result of host David Shore's imminent move to the UK, and comedy fans in this city will certainly miss the unique and unpredictable show. Tonight Shore will interview comedian Ron Tite, magazine editor Bonnie Munday, and conspiracy theory expert Richard Syrett and as usual the Monkey Toast cast will create improv skits based on the interviews.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., $10, 7:30 pm
MUSIC | Bring Back the Boombox Indie Showcase #1
Left with a hole in their Sunday night booking ever since the influential Wavelength series departed for the Garrison, Sneaky Dee's introduces a new concert series tonight. Like its predecessor, Bring Back the Boombox will bring audiences unknown bands who they believe are destined for greatness things, but unlike Wavelength it is not free. Still, Sneaky's very cheap beer and fantastic nachos will be in full effect. The bill for BBtBB's inaugural show gets top marks for peculiar band names and includes The Love and Terror Cult, Reverse Mount Rushmore, The Hormoans, and The Synaesthetic.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $5, 9 pm
FASHION | Thrifty Clothing Swap
In these tough economic times it's hard to find a way to boost your wardrobe. But for five bucks at the Dancemakers clothing swap you can browse through an entire warehouse of gently used clothes. It's also a good chance to get rid of some of that stuff in your closet you never wear anymore, while supporting not one but two good causes. Proceeds from the swap go to Dancemakers, one of Toronto's oldest contemporary dance companies, and leftover clothes will be donated to a local women's shelter.
Dancemakers, Distillery District Building 74, 55 Mil St., $5, Clothes drop-off 12 pm, Swap starts at 2 pm
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