Radar: Offside in Support of Jafar Panahi, the eh List: Micahel Crummey, The Orange's Clockwork at the TJFF, the xx and Hot Chip DJ Sets
FILM | Offside - Screening in Support of Jafar Panahi
On March 1st, progressive Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pahani was hosting a dinner party in Tehran when state police came through the door and arrested him, his wife and daughter, and all their guests. One by one they have all been released, except for Panahi himself, who remains behind bars with no formal charge laid against him and no date set for trial. This week, cities all over the world are screening Panahi's films in a show of solidarity with him and his family in the hopes that he'll soon be free. One of Panahi's best-loved films, Offside won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006, and tells the story of six women who deceive Iranian authorities by disguising themselves as men in order to sneak into a soccer game. All proceeds from tonight's screening go to Amnesty International.
Cinecycle, 169 Augusta Avenue, $10, 7 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | The eh List: Michael Crummey
Writers are notoriously reclusive people, but all this month the Toronto Public Library has been luring Canadian authors out of hiding for their eh List series. Tonight Michael Crummey makes an appearance at north Toronto's Barbara Frum Library to read from and talk about his latest work, Galore. Like his previous two novels River Thieves and The Wreckage, Galore draws much of its inspiration from the history of Crummey's native Newfoundland, and if the reviews are any indication, the book marks a new high in his already impressive career.
Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Road, Free, 7 pm
FILM | Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The 18th annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival continues today with no less than 20 films screening at theatres across the city. The Bloor plays host to the Canadian premiere of Israeli director Eyal Sivan's 2009 documentary Jaffa, the Orange's Clockwork, which looks at the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the famous Jaffa orange. The film recalls a time when Arabs and Jews worked together in Jaffa's citrus farms, and examines how despite being an Arab town, Jaffa has become synonymous with successful Israeli agriculture. The little fruit now bears huge significance for all sides of the conflict, evoking in Israelis both pride in their famous industry and shame over the rift that's grown between the two peoples.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street, $12 general admission, $7 students, 8 pm
PARTY | Kisses in the Dark with the xx and Fritz Helder and the Phantoms
High fashion pop band Fritz Helder and the Phantoms joins forces with red hot UK band the xx to present a party of massive proportions at the Social tonight. Fritz and the Phantoms will be performing a live set full of their usual surprises and theatrics, and members of the xx will rush from their support slot at tonight's Hot Chip gig at the Kool Haus to lay down a dj set. If you couldn't get a ticket to the show, this is you best chance to get close to one of the hottest bands on the planet right now.
The Social, 1100 Queen Street West, $10 and up, 10 pm
PARTY | Hot Chip DJ Set at Wrongbar
Just down the street from the Social, where their own opening band the xx is spinning a DJ set, Hot Chip is throwing a party of their own at Wrongbar. This sets up a Queen Street party showdown that we haven't seen the likes of in years, and it could get ugly. If all goes wrong we could bewitnessing the hipster equivalent of the opening scene of Gangs of New York, with the two factions coming together in an orgy of violence that will leave broken bottles of PBR and dock shoes littering the streets between Brock and Dovercourt. Probably not though.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West, $10, 10 pm
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