Weekend Radar: Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair, Kuumba, Be Mein Valentine, Dan Perjovschi: Late News, Kurtis Interruptus at Hunter and Cook, Panic, Attack in Black, 69 Love Songs at the Cream Tangerine, For Florence
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Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.
Saturday February 13:
ARTS AND CRAFTS | Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair
Stock up for your Valentine's Day rendezvous with some hand-made erotic crafts. The Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair features the work of dozens of local artists who make everything from cunnilingus coin purses to books of nude sculpture for the blind, environmentally-friendly wooden dildos, chastity belts, knitted handcuffs, and of course edible panties. The perfect celebration of the DIY approach, which works as well in the bedroom as it does in the craft room.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., Free admission, 12 pm - 8 pm
FESTIVAL | Kuumba: Black to the Future/One Love
The second weekend of Kuumba, Harbourfront's Black History Month celebration, hits the waterfront this weekend with a packed schedule of music, comedy, and film. Learn how to krump at a workshop with the Northbuck dance collective, celebrate conscious rap with the SoWhaChuSayin' showcase, make the famous Caribbean callaloo soup with TV host Patricia J, or explore the concept of black beauty with a screening of the acclaimed Chris Rock film Good Hair. Kuumba runs til Sunday, check festival website for full schedule.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Most programming free, Saturday 1 pm - 11 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 8 pm
BURLESQUE | Be Mein Valentine
Skin Tight Outta Sight and Boylesque T.O. take you back to the rosy days of 1930s Germany with a Weimar-themed burlesque show. Backed by the Alistair Christl Band, over 15 of the city's top performers will recreate a time when morals were loose and the leather was tight. Expect sexy lederhosen, sadistic soldiers, and most tastefully of all, a gay Asian tranny Hitler. Followed by a scandalous after-party with DJ Triple-X.
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W., $25 advance, $30 door, Saturday and Sunday 9 pm
MUSEUM | Dan Perjovschi: Late News
Watch an art installation be created in real time as Romanian artist and political commentator Dan Perjovschi begins his 10 day residency at the ROM today. Perjovschi will be covering the soaring ceiling of the 4th floor Roloff Beny Gallery with his world famous illustrations during gallery hours, allowing patrons to both observe and interact with the artist. Inspired by current social and political issues, Perjovschi's work is both humorous and insightful and to ensure his installation at the ROM is as site-specific as possible he will reportedly immerse himself in Toronto media before embarking on the project. Wonder if he reads blogTO?
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, $22 adults, $19 students and seniors, Children $15, Half price Friday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday - Thursday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Friday 10 am - 9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5:30 pm
GALLERY | Kurtis Intteruptus at Hunter and Cook
The fashionable Hunter and Cook gallery presents "Hazy Lightning", an exhibition by Kurtis Interruptus. I'm guessing that's not his real name, but this guy has good reason to use a pseudonym. Born in New Mexico in 1945, Kurtis fled the US after being drafted in 1968 and ended up in Canada. This new exhibition provides an account of that journey, displaying various detritus picked up during his life as a vagabond. There will be a reading by the artist at 8 pm.
Hunter and Cook, 15 Ossington Ave., Free, 7 pm - 10 pm
PARTY | Panic
For fans of swooning unrequited love, there is no modern figure more romantic than Morrissey. In the 1980s the Smiths lead singer perfected the art of enjoying being miserable, a skill many of us will find useful this Valentine's Day weekend. The Nocture club presents the annual Smiths/Morrissey-fest in its frontroom tonight, while its main room will feature the best in retro hits from the last 30 years. And remember, if you go home alone tonight it's only because you're a sensitive poetic type, and anyways you're better off.
Nocturne, 550 Queen St. West, $5 before 11 pm, $10 after, 10 pm doors
MUSIC | Attack in Black at the Horseshoe
Welland, Ontario indie rockers Attack in Black cap off a massive Canadian tour with a pseudo-homecoming show at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern tonight. Bands usually give a little extra at tour-ending shows, and you'd expect nothing less from the post-punk outfit who've found the energy to build their own studio, start they're own record label, and release a 16-song record in the past year and a half. The Baird Brothers and Attack in Black's own Daniel Romano open.
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., $10.50 advance, $12 door, 10 pm
Sunday, February 14:
MUSIC | 69 Love Songs at the Cream Tangerine
The Magnetic Fields rolled through town last weekend, reminding us all why songwriter Stephin Merrit has had a steady following for the past twenty years. In a dual celebration of Valentine's Day and one of the greatest triple albums ever released, local musicians will be performing Magnetic Fields's 69 Love Songs at the Cream Tangerine Gallery as part of the Great Hall's re-opening weekend. Come down and spend V-Day singing along to all your favourite cynical love songs including Reno Dakota, I Never Want to Get Over You, and All My Little Words, possibly the best banjo-centric song of the 1990s (not that there was much competition).
Cream Tangerine, 1087 Queen St. W., Free, 12 pm - 6 pm
FILM AND MUSIC | For Florence...The Trigger Filming Party
You know those scenes in the movies where some fictional band is playing in front of a huge audience and everyone's going wild? Ever wonder who all those people are? Well usually they're paid extras, but Bruce MacDonald doesn't have the budget of a Russel Crowe (besides, he's a self-professed cheapskate) and so the prolific filmmaker decided to host a real concert for his upcoming movie instead of shilling for the stand-ins. The yet-to-be released Trigger stars Molly Parker and Tracy Wright in the story of a female 1990s alt-rock band trying to make the big time, and the fictional group will be playing a filmed set tonight alongside some real talent including Lioness, Heavy Filth, One Hundred Dollars Duets, the Ghost is Dancing, Foxfire, Hooded Fang and more. Not only will the show provide concert footage for the movie, but donations will be collected for the Salvation Army's Florence Booth House.
Mod Club, 722 College St., Free (donations accepted), 8 pm
MUSIC | Valentine's Day at the Rex
Venerable Toronto jazz club the Rex has put together a swinging Valentine's evening for you and your heppest hep cat. Candles and chocolate kisses will adorn the tables and songstress Fern Lindzon will be tinkle the ivories while leading an all-star band with Bill McBirnie on flute, Kirean Overs on bass, and the great Ethan Ardelli on drums. The quartet will play a set of swinging jazz standards, but no doubt a few romantic ballads will creep their way in.
The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., $8.00, 9:30 pm
MUSIC FESTIVAL | Winterfolk Roots and Blues Festival
Over 100 artists are performing on six stages along the Danforth as part of this weekend's eighth annual Winterfolk Festival, which kicked off on Friday. The festival aims to focus both on local community artists while at the same time showcasing some of the country's finest folk talent. Auditions held across Ontario helped put together a lineup that includes the Sultans of String, Crabtree and Mils, the Swamp Ward Orchestra, Rick Taylor, and Laura Fernandez. All concerts are free, except for one ticketed concert on Sunday night. The fest continues tonight with action at all four venues and six stages.
Dora Keogh: 154 Danforth Ave., Black Swan: 154 Danforth Ave., The Willow: 193 Danforth Ave., Mambo Restaurant: 120 Danforth Ave., Most shows free, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm - 1 am, Monday 1 pm - 6 pm
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