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Weekend Radar: RA the Rugged Man, Sculpture by Dallas Wehrle, International Boat Show, Sticky Fingers at the Beaver, Doctor Whom, Silent Sundays, Something Red

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Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY JANUARY 9, and SUNDAY JANUARY 10 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

Saturday, January 9:

MUSIC | RA the Rugged Man at the Comfort Zone
Long Island rapper, RA the Rugged Man, has had a long career working with some of the biggest names in hip hop. Notorious B.I.G., the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, and Chuck D have all collaborated with the uncouth emcee, and yet mainstream success has largely eluded RA thanks to his penchant for self-sabotage, episodes of which include inciting riots, sexual assault, and parading handcuffed hookers onstage. It's been two years since his last live performance, so no doubt he'll come out swinging Saturday night. Given the cramped quarters at the Comfort Zone, things could get very messy, very quick.
The Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina Ave., $20, 9 pm

GALLERY | No Life on a String by Dallas Wehrle
Hunter and Cook Magazine has its pulse on the art life of this city. Running features on both Canadian and international artists, the magazine has set up headquarters across from Sweaty Betty's on Ossington, a space which doubles as a boutique and gallery. The opening reception tonight for new work by Dallas Wehrle, a sculptor who might better be known to most of us as the bassist for seminal Toronto indie band the Constantines, should be filled with the city's beautiful and melodious people.
Hunter and Cook, 15 Ossington Ave., 7 pm - 10 pm

EXHIBITION | Toronto International Boat Show
In the market for a yacht? Probably not. But there's still plenty to see at the 52nd Toronto International Boat Show, including Duma the Famous Waterskiing Dog, legendary fisherman Bob Izumi, paddleboat rides for kids, and a giant indoor lake. There's also an "affordability pavilion" filled with boats that can be financed for as low as $250 a month for all you wannabe seamen. Runs til Jan. 17.
Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd., $15, 10 am - 7 pm Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm Sunday

PARTY | Sticky Fingers
Queer Queen St. bar the Beaver is tons of fun when it gets packed, and packed it shall be tonight for the aptly (not to mention sexily) named Sticky Fingers party. DJs Le Freak C'est Keek and Elle Nino will be spinning everything from mashups to guilty pleasures to rare singles. Best of all there ain't no cover.
The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W., No Cover, 10 pm

IMPROV | Doctor Whom: Improvised Adventures in Time and Space
Sci-fi nerds across the city should be flocking to Bad Dog Theatre over the next four weeks to catch the latest adaptation of the lovably bizarre Dr. Who television show. A cast of comics including members of Second City, Comedy Inc., Approximately 3 Peters, and several other local comedy troupes will zip back and forth through time in an improvised recreation of TV's longest-running sci-fi series. Runs every Saturday til January 30.
Bad Dog Theatre, 138 Danforth Ave., $12 advance, $15 door, 10 pm

GALLERY | Illusions
The Junction neighbourhood in Toronto's West End is making its case for being one of the city's most vibrant quarters, and central to the creative community is the Wise Daughters Craft Market, a gallery and boutique that sells local crafts and exhibits work by neighbourhood artists. A new exhibition called illusions by Wendo van Essen opens today, featuring textile sculptures so skillfully constructed they appear to be made out of solid materials like marble and stone but upon closer inspection are nothing but cloth.
Wise Daughters Craft Market, 3079B Dundas St. W., Reception 4 pm - 6 pm

Sunday, January 10:

FILM | Silent Sundays Presents: The Lost World
The Silent Sundays series returns to the Revue Cinema this weekend with a stone cold classic in 1925's The Lost World. The blueprint for many exotic adventure movies that followed it, the film adaptation of an Arthur Conan Doyle story follows a group of danger hunters into a jungle inhabited by dinosaurs (or at least crude models of them). Silent Sundays provides the true movie-going experience of the 1920s, complete with live musical accompaniment by pianist William O'Meara.
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., $10, 4 pm

THEATRE | Something Red
Toronto actors Alexander Krstich and Stephen Chambers aim to provide a different experience. Calling their productions "incidents" rather than plays, the pair try to evoke from the audience the exclamation "what the fuck just happened?" Sunday night they perform Tom Walmsley's influential late-1970s play Something Red, which begins with two couples playing Scrabble and ends... well it ends badly. The work shocked audiences when it first debuted, and Krstich and Chambers should capture some of its original power by transferring it to the very intimate setting of a small unit on Noble St. Presented by Doghouse Riley Productions, runs til Jan. 24.
46 Noble St., Unit 102, $15, 2 pm Sundays, 8 pm weekdays

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