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Radar: Glitch Mob, Tomboyfriend's Don't Go to School, Toronto Reference Library's Asian Heritage Event, Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series, Giselle

PARTY | Glitch Mob at Wrongbar
California trio Glitch Mob are reinventing the way DJs interact with each other and their audience. Taking their cue from the classic jazz combo model, edIT, Boreta, and Ooah take turns on the turntables throughout their sets, jumping in and out of the loop like jazz musicians trading solos. Their sets infuse instrumental hip hop beats with a dancefloor sensibility, and with slots at tastemaking festivals SXSW and Coachella already under their belts this year their peculiar brand of party music is catching on. The trio launched a massive North American tour in Chicago this weekend, and make a stop at Queen West hotspot Wrongbar tonight.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West, $26.50 advance, 8 pm

DANCE | Giselle
Part of the charm of going to see a ballet is knowing that you're watching a classic work; something that's been performed virtually the same way for nearly two hundred years. Not so with Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan's radical reinvention of Giselle, which makes its Canadian debut tonight. Originally about a woman who protects her lover from a gang of evil female spirits, Keegan-Dolan has transposed the story to a fictional Irish village where the only form of entertainment is a weekly line dancing class. Basically the same story right? Keegan-Dolan's Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is made up of dancers from around the world and has been called one of the most daring companies going. They begin a five-night Toronto run of the ballet tonight.
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen's Quay West, $40, Tuesday to Saturday 8 pm

PERFORMANCE ART | Tomboyfriend
Tomboyfriend describe themselves a "glam-in-shambles indie-pop queer arts troupe," and really I couldn't have put it better myself. Their Youtube video for the song "End of Poverty" is a rare affirmation of the bright side of our voyeuristic internet culture, and was pieced together from nothing but self-uploaded videos of teenagers dancing in their parents' basements. Hell, the song itself is not bad either. In advance of the release of their upcoming album Don't Go to School later this year, the indie band/performance art group is playing a series of shows around town, performing their own songs as well as some numbers by musicians beloved by art school dropouts everywhere like Ani DiFranco, Gershwin, and Bright Eyes.
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Free, 10:30 pm

MUSIC | Canadian Opera Company Free Concert Series
The Canadian Opera Company continues its free concert series today, giving the busy bees in downtown offices a much-needed lunchtime respite from what I can only assume are soul-crushing office jobs. The concerts take place at noon inside the wonderfully sunny space of the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on the upper level of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and today anyone who can pull themselves away from their desks will be treated to an hour of Schubert songs by the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio. The singers will be performing a Schubertiade, a genre of performance that was born when Schubert would invite friends to his Vienna home for an evening of socializing and music with himself accompanying on piano.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Free, 12 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Toronto Reference Library's Asian Heritage Event
Since the very inception of our country, Asian immigrants and their descendants have been making important contributions to Canadian society. In 2001 May was designated Asian Heritage Month in order to honour the sacrifices and achievements of Asian Canadians, and the Toronto Public Library is joining the celebrations with a month of programming at its branches around the city. Tonight the TPL kicks things off with an evening of readings, music and dance hosted by the CBC's Steve D'Souza. Poet Phoebe Tsang (who when she's not writing poetry is an accomplished violinist and architecture critic) will be reading from her latest collection Contents of a Mermaid's Purse and will be joined by short story writer Judy Fong Bates and novelist Rabindranath Maharaj. And because it wouldn't be a celebration of Asian culture be without dancing, colourful Indian dance troupe Menaka Thakkar will be also be performing.
Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Free, 7 pm

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