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Radar: Rock 'n' Rogue Vintage, Annie Leonard, Of Many, 50 Ways to Love Paul Simon, Porn Reborn, Human Robot

FASHION | Rock 'n' Rogue Vintage Menswear Pop-Up Shop
Bloor West vintage boutiques Lost and Found and Stacked go guerrilla this weekend with a pop-up sale at the Great Hall. Catering to the sophisticated yet cash-sensible male, the boutiques have hand-picked a wide selection of bow ties, blazers, sweaters, three-piece suits, t-shirts, and shoes to have you looking dapper this spring. Not only can you get your shop on at the event but Friday night's launch party is licensed, which means for once you can leave a party drunk and broke, but looking better than you did when you came in. Runs til Sunday.
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., Friday 8 pm - 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Annie Leonard
Sustainability proponent Annie Leonard is interested in stuff; where stuff comes from, what we do with stuff, and what happens to stuff when we're done with it. She became so interested stuff that she spent ten years tracking the life cycle of the objects in our everyday lives, and found that our consumer goods have secret lives beyond the short time we spend owning them. She condensed her findings on the hidden social and environmental costs of consumerism into an entertaining and informative Youtube video called The Story of Stuff, which with over 6 million views is one of the most popular one the web. Fresh off an appearance on the Colbert Report on Tuesday, Leonard comes to Toronto tonight to speak with Indigo CEO Heather Reisman and promote the book version of The Story of Stuff.
Indigo Manulife, 55 Bloor St. West, Free, 7 pm

GALLERY | Of Many
The spacious 47 Gallery is one of Toronto's more unique galleries. A converted woodshop, the huge space has no track lighting and no conventional wall space on which to hang paintings. Instead, artists are forced to make use of the space of the gallery itself, which is exactly what Jaclyn Quaresma does with her new exhibition Of Many. The show is comprised of 1900 hand-cast tiles covering the huge gallery floor that break as they're walked on by patrons. Viewers serve to active the work simply by walking the floor and the exhibition will actually deteriorate over the course of its three-week run, serving as a commentary on the social lives of spaces. The opening reception for the show is tonight and Quaresma, who is co-founder of 47, will be in attendance. Runs til April 2.
47, 47 Milky Way, Free, Reception 7 pm - 10 pm tonight, Gallery hours Wednesday - Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

MUSIC | 50 Ways to Love Paul Simon
Ten years ago, admitting you liked Paul Simon was the musical equivalent of sporting intense body odour. But much like Bruce Springsteen before him, Rhymin' Simon has experienced a resurgence thanks to indie bands mining their parents' record collection and modernizing his sound. Current Pitchfork darlings Vampire Weekend and our own Islands and Bedouin Soundclash are all heavily indebted to the diminutive troubadour and really it's high time some one recognized the genius of the man who gave us Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, and the good half of Hearts and Bones. Acapella groups Cadence and Soul Influence, singer Lori Cullen, cellist Kevin Fox and several other luminaries from Toronto's music community come together tonight to perform selections Simon's songbook.
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., $20 advance, $22 door, 8:30 pm

PARTY | Fuck Faces
The Wrongbar is a likely destination for CMF partiers to hit up after doing the rounds of concerts tonight. The foul-mouthed Fuck Faces crew is joined by Scott Seewhale, one half of shit-hot house duo Nacho Lovers. Spinning a "high NRG" blend of rock, funk, house, hip-hop, trancepop, noisephase, beatcore, rumblewave (I made those last few up), this is the where the party's at. You can email some dude named Dmoney to get you in for free before midnight.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $10, 10 pm

CONFERENCE | Porn Reborn
The world of porn is expanding about as rapidly as housewives can purchase webcams, but the members of U of T's Sexual Diversity Studies Student Union envision areas of the smut industry that have yet to be explored. The third annual Porn Reborn conference investigates new trends and markets in pornography with the help of keynote speaker, feminist pornographer and sex educator Tristan Taormino. Taormino, the winner of 3 Feminist Porn Awards and author of such titles as The Big Book of Sex Toys, will be joined by Toronto's own Bruce Larbuce, avant-garde filmmaker and the owner of what is possibly the gayest name on the planet. Sexual diversity student Sherrie Quinn and gender and law professor Brenda Cossman will also provide their insights on how pornography can be a more meaningful medium.
Medical Science Building, 1 Kings College Circle, $25, Free for U of T students, Reception 6 pm - 7 pm, Conference 7 pm - 10 pm

GALLERY | Human, Robot
Toronto-based illustrator Sabrina Scott claims her latest project is a joint effort between herself and a robot named 5H3L7R0N0V1CH III. Thankfully, it appears the collaboration with the android hasn't crowded out Scott's own distinct style, in which hand-drawn girls with red noses and fingers stare blankly out at the viewer. Even the simplest of Scott's illustrations seem to draw you in, but if she can't sell you on the art she promises another productive collaboration, this time between cupcakes and booze, at the opening reception tonight. Runs til March 29.
Funktion Gallery, 1244 Bloor St. West, Reception 6 pm - 1pm tonight, Gallery hours Thursday to Saturday 12 pm - 9 pm

MUSIC | Canadian Music Fest
Canadian Music Fest continues tonight. Check out blogTO's coverage of the fest here. Highlights tonight include ex-Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur at the Horseshoe and Vancouver trumpeters Brasstronaut at the Drake.

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