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Weekend Radar: Funktion Gallery's One Year Anniversary, Comedy Bar Festival of New Formats, The Films of Jeon Soo-Il, Chronologic Dance Party, Last Chance for the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Events on Toronto's Radar for JANUARY 2 and JANUARY 3, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

Saturday, January 2:

GALLERY | Funktion Gallery's One Year Anniversary Jam
Bloor St. W. graffiti gallery and street boutique Funktion celebrates one year of staying afloat on Saturday night. The gallery will be unloading tons of its 2009 stock including t-shirts, hats, books, magazines and art, all while throwing a righteous party complete with live performances from Azores, Robin Byrd, plus DJs Emcee Rae and FestR.
Funktion Gallery, 1244 Bloor St. W., $25 at the door, 9 pm

COMEDY | Festival of New Formats
Spent all your money on Christmas presents and booze this holiday season but still desperate to see some good comedy shows? The Festival of New Formats is the answer to your prayers. For the next eight nights the Comedy Bar is putting on three shows a night and they're all free. The venue is eliminating all cover charges while they try out some new ways to present sketch, improv and stand-up. And while the shows may be untested, they'll doubtlessly meet the high standards set by one of the city's best comedy clubs. Case in point: the Punch Drysdale troupe will be drinking an entire case of beer on stage in one hour Saturday night. Runs til January 9.
The Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., Free, Shows at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm nightly

FILM | The Films of Jeon Soo-Il
In his native South Korea, Jeon Soo-Il is one of a cadre of filmmakers who have revolutionized movie-making in that country. While his films have fared well at international festivals, the writer-director-producer's works have never been shown in Canadian theatres. For the next three nights the Royal hosts a mini-retrospective of three of Soo-Il's films, which typically feature themes related to emotional disconnection and alienation. The program kicks off tonight with 2008's Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells, followed by With the Girl of Black Soil on Sunday and Time Between Dog and Wolf on Monday.
The Royal, 608 College St., 7 pm nightly

PARTY | Chronologic Dance Party
The Goin' Steady DJs return with their ambitious history lesson/dance party at the Boat. Playing tunes "from 1890 to 2011" in chronological order sounds like a good idea, but is it really any fun? The first few minutes have got to be awful. But then again this isn't the first time they've done it, so they must be on to something. Don't bother making any requests though, it'll screw everything up.
The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave., $5, 10 pm

Sunday, January 3

MUSEUM | Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM
Sunday is probably your last chance to see one of the greatest treasures of antiquity at the ROM. I say probably because earlier this week the government of Jordan formally requested that Canada seize the Dead Sea Scrolls, which Jordan claims Israel illegally snatched from the Arab country during the 1967 war. But Stephen Harper is about as likely to do anything to offend Israel as he is to show up in parliament any time soon, so if you want to see 'em, you better act fast.
The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, $28, $25 students (half price after 4:30 pm), 10 am - 5:30 pm

THEATRE | An Evening of One Act Plays
Kensington Market theatrical hotspot opens its doors tonight for two one-act plays staged by local performers. Native Torontonian Bryn McAuley has up til now been doing voice work in children's movies, but as she's just turned twenty Off-off-Broadway pioneer Lanford Wilson's Ludlow Fair is probably more her speed. Fellow youngsters David Christo and Jennifer Farrugia perform a Farrugia original entitled Manic Panic.
Bread and Circus, 299 Augusta Ave., 8 pm

IMPROV | Ghost Jail Theatre is the Baby New Year
The third cast of Ghost Jail Theatre have been together since mid-October, which means they should be jelling together quite nicely by now. Inter-cast chemistry is vitally important in improv work, and the seven guys and gals currently making up GJT have a lot to live up to after the first two seasons. The concept of the weekly Sunday night show is that Ghost Jail makes up skits based on a piece of writing from the audience, which could be anything from a text message to a line from a book or a piece of some one's daily experience. The result is usually hilarious and sometimes oddly meaningful.
Clinton's Tavern, 693 Bloor St. W., $6, 7 pm

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