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Radar: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Rhubarb Festival, Peggy Baker presents confluence, Manufactured Landscapes, Greenbelt Art, Ashes in the Wind

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Events on Toronto's Radar for WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

FILM | 7th Annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival
International watchdog organization Human Rights Watch partners with TIFF Cinametheque to bring you 10 films about social justice as part of the 7th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Using both feature films and documentaries, the festival highlights the plight of those seeking to bring justice and freedom to communities across the globe. The festival opens tonight with the Canadian film Last Train Home a documentary by Lixin Fan about the hardships faced by migrant workers in China's ever-accelerating industrial revolution. Other highlights include Emmy Award-winning director Lisa F. Jackson's The Greatest Silence, which documents the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and screens next Tuesday. Runs til March 6.
Opening night: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., $7.08 members, $11.56, 6:30 pm

THEATRE | Stadium at the Rhubarb Festival
Buddies In Bad Times' Rhubarb Festival enters its third and final week tonight with six performances of provocative and experimental theatre. Headlining the night in the Cabaret room is Stadium, a multi-media show from Ryan G. Hinds that recreates the atmosphere of a stadium concert, complete with back up dancers, costume changes, and plenty of glitter. Meanwhile in the Chamber room, internationally-known performance artist Jess Dobkin debuts Everything I've Got, a new performance piece in which she basically throws out every creative idea she's ever had. It's all followed by an opening night bash in the Cabaret Room. Runs til Sunday.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 8 pm nightly, Evening pass $17, Week pass $25

DANCE | Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents confluence
Legendary dancer and the National Ballet School's artist-in-residence for the past eight years Peggy Baker recently announced that she is approaching her final show. That's not surprising considering Baker's in her 60s, but nevertheless Toronto's dance community has let up a collective wail that, sooner than later, we will be deprived of her graceful form. Baker's new show is inspired by the movement of insects and includes the debut of her solo piece called earthling, as well as a trio danced by Kate Holden, Sean Ling, and Sahara Morimoto and a duet with Larry Hahn. Runs til February 28.
Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queen's Quay West, Wednesday - Saturday 8 pm, $25 - $30, Sunday 4 pm, PWYC

FILM | WWF-Canada presents: Manufactured Landscapes
The World Wildlife Fund of Canada and the University of Toronto's Sustainability Office partner to bring you a free screening of the stunning 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Extrapolating on the photographs of renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky, the film captures the devastating environmental impact of China's industrial revolution with a vivid clarity. Following the screening, WWF's conservation specialist Steve Price will spearhead a discussion on humanity's global footprint.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Free, 7 pm

GALLERY | Artist Survey - Greenbelt
Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood is a haven for the city's creative types, and today they pay tribute to their country cousins with an exhibition by artists from Ontario's Greenbelt. Comprising of 1.8 million undeveloped acres surrounding the GTA, the Greenbelt is designed to prevent urban sprawl from penetrating the province's rural areas. Part of Fireside Culture Week, the exhibition displays works by ten artists who draw inspiration from such regions as the Oak Ridges Morraine and the Niagara Escarpement and whose paintings express concern with the challenges posed by urbanization. The exhibition is on display at Gallery 1313 until Sunday when it will travel to three centres in the Greenbelt and tonight Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume moderates a panel discussion addressing issues related to the show.
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St. W., Free, Exhibition 1 pm - 7 pm, Panel discussion 7 pm - 9 pm

MUSIC | Ashes in the Wind
Osvaldo Golijov is the ultimate cosmopolitan composer. Born in Argentina to European Jewish immigrants, he spent his childhood surrounded by the sounds of classical music, traditional klezmer melodies and the rhythm of the tango. After stints spent studying in Israel, he landed in the United States in the 1990s and has gone on to write some of the most eclectic and arresting operas of our time. Tonight genre-busting music centre Soundstreams presents an evening of Golijov's music, with a special appearance by Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw and the debut of a new work by Spanish-Canadian composer JosĂŠ Evangelista.
Jane Mallet Theatre, 27 Front St. East, Students $15, Seniors $25, Adults $40, 8 pm

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