Radar: Art of the Danforth, 20-Minute Toronto Makeover, La Otra Orilla, The Soddom and Gommorah Variety Show, Volume Launch Party at XPACE, Fuck the Internet
COMMUNITY | Art of the Danforth
For the next two weeks, the stretch of Danforth Avenue between Greenwood and Woodbine will be transformed into an open air gallery featuring the art of professionals and community groups as part of the first ever Art of the Danforth. Pieces will be installed in empty shop windows, the walls of buildings, tree planters, parks and on the street, showcasing the creativity of the vibrant northeast Toronto neighbourhood. Brochures with a suggested walking route are now available at participating stores in the area, but some highlights of the program are the Planter Art Project, in which you're invited to transform a tree planter into something beautiful, a roaming sculpture project addressing issues of violence and grief by Gomo George, and the Pigeon Paradigm Project, which will see dozens of giant colourful birds decorating the greyest parts of the neighbourhood. Runs til May 2.
Danforth Avenue between Greendwood and Woodbine, Check website for detailed schedule
ENVIRONMENT | 20-Minute Toronto Makeover 2010
Toronto may be a beautiful city, but we could all use a touch up every once and a while. Today City Hall is inviting Torontonians to do their part and spend 20 minutes cleaning up their community. There are about 3 million people in this city, so if everyone does their twenty minutes that's 1 million hours of labour. Should have the place looking brand new in no time. The clean-up is scheduled for 2 pm. Don't clean anything before then.
Your neighbourhood, 2 pm
DANCE | Danceworks presents La Otra Orilla
Montreal's La Otra Orilla dance company specializes in recontextualizing the ancient art of the Spanish flamenco for contemporary audiences. The company was founded by Myriam Allard and Hedi Graja, who fell in love with the sensuous dance style after spending many years performing in Andalucia and training in Seville, Madrid, and across Europe. Tonight they heat up the Enwave Theatre with the Toronto debut of their new show El12, a piece for one dancer and four musicians that is intended to evoke themes of the 12 beats essential to the Flamenco and the relentless march of the clock. Runs til Saturday.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, $28, Friday and Saturday 8 pm
GALLERY | The Soddom and Gommorah Variety Show: The Art of Joey Dammit!
Joey Dammit! is the larger-than-life, media whore alter ego of John de Freitas. De Freitas is shy and unsure of himself, Dammit! is the outrageous artist who specializes in pop culture mashups and for a time was a fixture on the alternative weeklies' Best Artist of the Year lists. Dammit! dropped off the map in the middle of the last decade, but has revealed that he recently broke out of a depression that had last nearly twenty years, and is suddenly all over the place, mounting the Touched by Fire event at the ROM and being named an artist to watch by Entertainment Weekly. He's celebrating his resurgence in sinful style tonight with the opening of his new exhibition The Sodom and Gomorrah Variety Show. The mixed media show explores the lighter side of iniquity and features Warholian collages of familiarly naughty icons like Racquel Welch in her eye-popping bikini, the elegantly wasted Edie Sedgewick, and the emperor of debauchery himself, Caligula.
The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, 1214 Queen Street West, 7 pm - 11 pm
GALLERY | VOLUME Launch Party at XPACE
Ossington's XPACE Gallery is one of our faves, and tonight they embark on a new project with the launch of VOLUME. The free annual anthology will contain exhibition essays and support material for all the art displayed in the gallery each year, enriching the artistic experience for XPACE patrons. The gallery's commissioned the Team Macho illustration and design team help with the launch, and will be selling 50 limited edition copies of VOLUME featuring a brand new art project from the lovably ironic illustrators at the launch party tonight, which will also feature some artsy food and fancy dancing.
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave., 7 pm
PARTY | Fuck the Internet
Is it just me, or has there been a concerted effort in the past few years to make "fuck" an acceptable swear word? I'm old enough to remember the first time some one said "bitch" on television, and it was kind of a big deal. All of a sudden we've got Polaris Prize-winning hardcore heroes Fucked Up causing problems for the nation's censors, and Holy Fuck! don't seem to care who they offend. Well I give in. Despite its family un-friendly name, I'm recommending Clinton's retro rock indie party as the Radar's pick for your Friday night party fix. Expect the best in classic and alternative dance music from DJ Andrew Pulsifier and DJ Shoe.
Clinton's Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West, $5, Free before 11 pm, Doors 10 pm
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