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Radar: Feminist Porn Awards, TPL Book Exchange, ReelWorld Film Festival, Massive Party Speakeasy, The Black Pirate, Meta 2010

FILM | ReelWorld Film Festival
After opening with a single screening of the surreal Filipino family reunion story Off World last night, the ReelWorld Film Festival kicks into high gear today with its first full day of programming. The festival, which showcases films from multi-racial communities around the world, begins the day with a workshop addressing the fundamental concern of any screenwriter entitled "Developing a Sellable Script", where budding writers will get some helpful tips from representatives of Astral Media, screenwriter Lynne Stoltz, and producer Damon D'Oliviera. The program continues with a bill of short films and features from Senegal and India, culminating with controversial Korean drama Sex Volunteer, about a film student who offers herself to a severely disabled man. ReelWorld runs until Sunday.
Canada Square, 2190 Yonge Street, $10 per event, see schedule for times

FILM | Public. Provocative. Porn: The Year's Best in Feminist Film
It used to be that going to a theatre on Bloor Street on a Thursday night to watch a porn flick was considered sleazy. But sometime in the last two decades spending a few hours a week viewing pornography has become not only acceptable but encouraged as a guilt-free means to exploring our own sexuality. And hey, who am I to blow against the wind? The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards kick off tonight with a screening of the year's best in female-friendly smut with many of the talented performers and filmmakers in attendance. The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion on how feminism relates to pornography moderated by burlesque artist CoCo La Creme, and is a prelude to tomorrow night's award ceremony honouring skin flicks made for women, by women.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West, $12, $25 combo tickets for screening and tomorrow's ceremony, 9:30 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Book Exchange: Share the Books You Love
It may be that the recent introduction of the iPad and the supposedly inevitable decline of the printed word has got me all nostalgic, but I still say there is great pleasure to be had in good old-fashioned paper books. And apart from reading a great book, the next best thing you can do with a cherished tome is pass it on to some one else in the hope that they'll get even a fraction of the joy out of it that you did. Tonight the Toronto Public Library presents the Book Exchange, a chance for you to swap favourites with fellow Toronto readers including some local celebs like Damian Abraham of Fucked Up and authors Zoe Whittall and Pasha Malla. There's also a cash bar to supply some social lubrication in case you're a little nervous about approaching strangers with your opinions on contemporary lit, but don't drink too much. Cause no one wants to hear you ramble on about Roth's command of the idiom or whatever.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Free, Doors 6 pm

PARTY | Massive Party Speakeasy
The AGO's annual swanky art party returns tonight, much to the delight of young artists, fashionistas, and designers across the city. Each year Massive is a mish-mash (collage, if you will) of art installations, costumes, and musical performances that roughs up the rarefied environs of Toronto's most prestigious gallery and this year's edition will see a host of local artists getting their hands dirty including interior designer Bruce Billio, who took on art directing duties for the event. Projects by Dean Baldwin, Janis Demkiw and Jon Sasaki will be also be on display. This year's theme is an homage to the speakeasies of Prohibition, so expect lots of guys in fedoras calling people "doll" and "bugsy." Admission price gets you free booze all night and while it's not the cheapest way to get drunk this evening, it's certainly the classiest.
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, $150, 9 pm

FILM | The Black Pirate at the Toronto Silent Film Festival
Long before Jack Sparrow and Will Turner marauded the Caribbean Sea, there was Douglas Fairbanks's The Black Pirate. Playing a tough young swashbuckler, the athletic Fairbanks set the bar for on-screen buccaneers way back in 1926, and this classic silent movie gave birth to many of the conventions that populate today's pirate flicks like sword fights amid the rigging and the inevitable scene where some unfortunate soul is forced to walk the plank. The movie screens tonight on the second evening of the first annual Toronto Silent Film Festival, complete with authentic live accompaniment from pianist Laura Silberberg.
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. East, $10, 7 pm

GALLERY | Meta 2010: New Media Exhibition
The term "new media" is hard to define, but loosely it can be described as a medium in which rapidly developing technology combines with creative forces to produce something new. It being a fairly amorphous term hasn't stopped Ryerson University from teaching courses in it, and for the next three days graduating New Media students from Ryerson's School of Image Arts will be exhibiting their work at the Arta Gallery. The works of these emerging artists examine the ways that a society of constant downloading, uploading, tweeting, and Googling affects art production and give a glimpse at the talent that will likely be dominating Toronto's art scene in a few years. You can head down to the gallery to check it out, but of course they've created an app for the show so you can browse it from home as well.
Arta Gallery, 55 Mill Street, Building 9, Suite 102, Free, Thursday 4 pm - 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am - 6 pm,

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