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Radar: Toronto Vegetarian Association's Compassion Week, Pin Up Party Down with Worn Fashion Journal, Pop Lobster, 80s Fest at the Fox Theatre, MentalHealthCamp Toronto, Neighbourhood Watch

COMMUNITY | Compassion Week
The Toronto Vegetarian Association is holding its first annual Compassion Week this year in an effort to get Torontonians to feel some love for the animals we eat. The week kicks off tonight with an evening with nutritionist Dr. Michael Greger, who will give tips on how to fight and prevent chronic disease an interactive lecture/quiz show. On the weekend, the TVA is inviting the public to visit its resource centre as part of Doors Open and on Monday the group is screening three films at the Revue Cinema that take a closer look at the lives of farm animals. On June 3 chef Joshna Maharaj of the ROM's Food Studio will face off against Raw Aura's Douglas McNish in a challenge to prove that it's possible to create a dish that contains only local ingredients, no animal products, and tastes delicious.
The Latest in Nutrition with Dr. Michael Greger: Lillian Smith Library, 239 College Street, $8, 6 pm
TVA Doors Open: TVA Resource Centre, 17 Baldwin Street, Free, 12 pm - 4 pm
An Evening of Film and Discussion: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, 7 pm, $8
Compassion Week Cook-Off: St. Lawrence Market Kitchen, 92 Front Street East, $25, 7 pm

FASHION | Pin Up, Party Down with Worn Fashion Journal
In the world of fashion magazines, Worn is an anomaly. The Toronto-based magazine refuses to report on fashion trends, seeking instead to write intelligent style commentary that will be as meaningful five years from now as it is today. Preferring to keep their publication advertisement- and influence-free, Worn is unfettered to focus on how the clothes we wear are made, interpreted, and copied. The journal launches its warm weather edition tonight with a party featuring super cool pin-on buttons for a buck a piece, sixties music on the speakers and scads of smart fashion people.
Cinecycle, 159 Spadina Avenue, $7, $5 with pin, 9 pm

PARTY | Pop Lobster
Teranga is one of Kensington Market's many hidden gems, nestled on the second floor of a non-descript building across from the Boat. It started out as a Senegalese restaurant three years ago, but like everything else in the neighbourhood it's quickly been devoured by the local party scene and nowadays plays host to jams like Pop Lobster. The brainchild of electro pop artist Digits and his partner in crime Little Kicks, Pop Lobster promises a night of sunny upbeat tunes by everyone from the Pointer Sisters to Belle and Sebastian and Martha and the Muffins. There might even be a well-placed Britney track thrown in there. Only in its second month, the Lobster's already perfected the fell-good summertime vibe.
Teranga, 159 Augusta Avenue, $5, 10 pm

FILM | 80s Fest at the Fox Theatre
Thank god for the 1980s. All that Cold War fear about nuclear apocalypse aside, that decade has given us a seemingly bottomless well of happy nostalgia to drink from. East end rep theatre the Fox is going back for yet another bucketful of neon with a seven-day festival of your favourite 80s films, including Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueler's Day Off (natch), Back to the Future, and the version of Karate Kid that doesn't star the bratty spawn of Will Smith. There's even a "The Russians Are Coming" double bill of Rocky IV and Top Gun. I would have liked to see Red Dawn in there too, but who am I to complain. Runs til June 3.
The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East, $10 per movie, Various times, check schedule for full details

HEALTH | MentalHealthCamp Toronto
If you've spent much time reading your oversharing friends' Facebook posts you know that social media sites don't necessarily foster healthy behaviour. But the folks at MentalHealthCamp are trying to find ways to use internet 2.0 technology to promote better mental health, and today convene an "unconference" to discuss how best to do it. The day's flexible agenda will be set by participators' interests, with health professionals, victims of mental health and their families, social media enthusiasts and technology buffs all participating, there should be a wide array of opinions on display. Comedian, science teacher, and ADD sufferer Rick Green will capping off the event with a short talk at the end of the day.
Bram and Bluma Appel Studio, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, $25 (tickets sold out but waitlist is still available, 9 am - 3:45 pm

GALLERY | Neighbourhood Watch
Rose Bianchini and Jason Van Horne have created a miniature world of wonders in their new show "Neighbourhood Watch," on now at Ossington's AWOL Gallery. Through tiny windows and doors they give you a glimpse into the lives of finger-sized people living in a dreamy city, asking us to think about how where we live defines how we think and act. The show is another notch in the belt for multi-talented Bianchini, whose previous credits include video work for TVO and the CBC and the music video for Gentleman Reg's "We're In A Thunderstorm." It's also a lighter turn for Van Horne, who once created an entire post-apocalyptic city in miniature. Runs til June 6.
AWOL Gallery, 76 - 78 Ossington Avenue, Reception tonight 7 pm, Gallery hours Thursday to Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

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