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Weekend Radar: WILDSound Short Film Festival, Little Toast on the Prairie, Lipstick Cherry, Catl and $100, Sister Mary's a Dyke?!, Toronto Roller Derby, Bent Village, Reggae for Haiti

Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27 and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2010... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

Saturday February 27:

FILM | WILDSound Short Film Festival
Reportedly the fastest-growing short film festival in the world, the National Film Board's WILDSound Festival is an interactive monthly showcase of Canadian and international shorts. The films are a mix of previously unseen works submitted to the festival's jury and award winning works by veteran filmmakers, but what makes the program unique is its interactive component. An enthusiastic Q & A follows the screenings, allowing the audience to give their opinion on what worked and what didn't and discuss the nuances of successful filmmaking. This month's program includes quirky animated pic and 2010 Sundance winner Meatwaffle, and Apollo Bunder, Mumbai - 1, a short on the 2008 Indian terror attacks.
NFB Cinema, 150 John St., Free with RSVP, 7pm

COMEDY | Little Toast on the Prairie
Long-running improvised talk show Monkey Toast continues to wind down towards its final show in May, dutifully bringing audiences hilarious sketches a dignified sea captain cracking jokes while going down with the ship. The sixth-last show in Monkey Toast's 7-year run is named for its guest Zaib Shaikh, the guy from Little Mosque on the Prairie, who'll be joined by comedian Trevor Boris and Kim Parlee of the Business News Network. All the guests will be interviewed by David Shore in a talk show format, with the interviews being spun into improv skits before your very eyes. If the presence of an anchor from BNN doesn't exactly scream hilarity to you, rest assured that genuine TV star and improv genius Colin Mochrie continues his guest role in the Monkey Toast Players.
The Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $10, 8 pm

PARTY | Lipstick, Cherry
The Drake Underground's Lipstick, Cherry party returns tonight for a romp through French and Italo electro, new wave, punkfunk and other miscellaneous but doubtlessly hip genres. Djs Jeff Hayward (of the Famous Players crew) and Pammm promise to get your asses shaking without playing a single autotuned note of hip hop, an increasing rarity at dance parties in this part of town. Time to get sweaty.
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., $5, 11 pm

MUSIC | Catl and $100 at the Dakota
Two of Toronto's best rootsy bands join forces tonight at Ossington's favourite saloon. Catl specialize in boozy Mississippi blues infused with a punk rock spirit, while alt-country outfit $100 made a considerable splash last year with their debut album Forest of Tears. For whatever reason, $100 have been playing mainly as a duet recently, and while it's a shame to lose the musicianship of the full band, Simone's Fornows smoky vocals are always the most arresting part of their shows anyway. Grab a plaid shirt and head on down.
Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 9 pm

THEATRE | Sister Mary's a Dyke?!
Musician, poet, and all-around cool lady Evalyn Parry directs the Buddies in Bad Times Young Creators Unit in queer highschool drama Sister Mary's a Dyke?! as part of the ongoing Rhubarb Festival. The YCU performs a vital service for queer-identifying youth who want to break into the world of theatre, providing a supportive environment for young people to develop new works and present them to an audience. Sister Mary was written by Flerida Pena and is part of a YCU double bill at Rhubarb's final weekend along with Let Me Entertain You, a theatrical visit to fictional design guru Chip Peterson's trendy loft directed by writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire Sky Gilbert.
Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St., 6 pm, Free under 25, PWYC Adult

SPORTS | Toronto Roller Derby: CN Power vs. Ottawa's Rideau Valley Vixens
On Thursday our women's hockey team proved that Canadian ladies are the most badass in the world of sport, first by beating their hated rivals the Americans in the gold medal game and then taking to the ice in celebration guzzling giant bottles of beer and smoking cigars. That's exactly the kind of grit ToRD rollers display week in and week out, body-checking each other to the ground in the name of the greatest sport on tiny wheels. Tonight Toronto's all-star CN Power team takes on Ottawa's Rideau Valley Vixens. Its not exactly the Leafs vs. the Senators, but this city's sportsfans do love to kick some Bytown ass.
The Hangar at Downsview Park, 75 Carl Hall Road, 6:30 pm, $12 advance, $18 door

Sunday, February 28

PANEL | Bent Village
Toronto's Wellesley and Church neighbourhood is one of the most progressive and vibrant queer communities anywhere on Earth. Ever wonder how it got that way? Tonight the Bent Queer Expressions series tackles the history of the Gay Village in a moderated discussion featuring some of the neighbourhood's most prominent community leaders. Activist and entrepreneur Kristyn Wong-Tam, queer activism historian Tom Warner, founder of Queer Ontario Nick MulĂŠ, and Church Wellesley BIA manager David Wooton will discuss how one of Toronto's most iconic neighbourhoods developed and where it's at today.
Gladaman's Den, 502A Yonge St., Free, 4 pm - 6 pm

FUNDRAISER | Reggae for Haiti
Toronto's reggae community attempts to fight off donor fatigue with yet another benefit concert for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Enjoy the sounds of Ibadan, Friendlyness and the Human Rights, Auresia, Elaine LilBit Shepard and a whole slew of this city's purveyors of the Jamaican beat while snacking on some good-as-your-auntie's West Indian cuisine cooked up by Diners Corner. All proceeds go to Wyclef Jean's charity Yele Haiti. The need is still great folks, so show your support.
Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., $20, 7 pm

FILM | Zooey and Adam
The latest film from Winnipeg director Sean Garrity, Zooey and Adam describes every couple's worst nightmare. After seven months of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child, Zooey is raped in front of her husband in a brutal assault. The pair are distraught, but when they discover that Zooey is pregnant, they decide to raise the child as way of healing their wounds. In the hands of a less skillful director, viewing such strong subject material might just be an exercise in self-harm, but Garrity manages to convey the story with an emotional realism that makes it worthwhile. The film was nominated for the best Canadian feature film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and tonight's screening is in advance of its theatrical release later this year. To ensure entry, grab a pass from the folks at Innis.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Free, 7:30 pm


ART | Toronto Art Expo
Canada's largest indoor exhibition dedicated to contemporary art took up residence at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, displaying the works of nearly 300 artists from 14 countries. You could make the argument that an unjuried show like this is simply art in bulk; the Costco of visual art if you will. But the Toronto Art Expo has a little more prestige than that (its official patron is Michaelle Jean, our honourable governor general), and is a great venue for this country's artists to present and sell their work to the public and collectors alike. You might just have to look a little harder to find something you love. Runs til Sunday.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street, Adults $12, Students $8, Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm

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