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Radar: Will Munro Memorial/Party, TIFF Student Film Showcase, Toronto the Good, Inside Out's Local Heroes Party, Stitch, Bollywood in the Square

MEMORIAL | Memorial/Party for Will Munro
Toronto's artistic community was saddened by the news last week that local promoter and musician Will Munro had died of brain cancer at the much-too young age of 35. The man behind the Vazaleen parties touched many lives and tributes have been pouring in from all over the city since the news broke. Tonight his life will be remembered and celebrated with a memorial party at the Gladstone Hotel which will bring together his many, many friends. Organizers advise that the best way to honour Munro's spirit is to "dress it up and leave it all on the dance floor."
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, 8 pm

FILM | TIFF's Student Film Showcase
It's still three months until the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city, but those desperate for a TIFF fix should check out the festival's Student Film Showcase today. Eleven films from universities and colleges across the country (including four from here in Toronto) have been selected by TIFF organizers to represent the best of Canada's young talent and with any luck a few of them will be included in the festival proper come September. These aren't your typical student films about teen angst shot with a shaky hand-held camera either: Concordia student Mirek Hamet's Comment se noie une legende documents the true story of Canadian pianist AndrĂŠ Mathieu who decided to perform a concert on a floating platform in the middle of a lake which no one was allowed to attend, while Gabriel Jablanczy 's Buckshot is a sensitive look at a son's shaky relationship with his hunting-obsessed father. The most ingenious premise has to be Sheridan student Martin Sokol's Eggcellent, a 2-minute animated piece about a chicken overstressed about producing at work.
AMC Yonge-Dundas, 10 Dundas Street East, $8, 7:30 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Toronto the Good Party
Architecture is a sensitive subject here in Toronto. From the phallic concrete monstrosity that is the CN Tower to the slightly smaller sheet metal monstrosity that is the ROM addition, we're not exactly batting a thousand when it comes to our forays into contemporary architecture. But the city does have its defenders, like Margaret and Phil Goodfellow, authors of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto. The Goodfellows will be joined by psychogeographer Shawn Micallef and NFB filmmaker-in-residence Katerina Cizek at a special edition of Authors at Harbourfront that celebrates the city's architecture. Micallef will be discussing his successful book Stroll and Cizek will be presenting images from the NFB's project on Toronto highrises the Thousandth Tower. Winners of the Toronto Society of Architects poster competition will be on display and presentations will be followed by an after-party.
York Quay Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, $8, 6pm

PARTY | Local Heroes Party
The ongoing Inside Out Film Festival is marking its twentieth year this week with a jam-packed roster of queer-oriented films and a couple of parties thrown in for good measure. The Local Heroes event tonight showcases some Torontonian musicians who are blazing trails in the city's queer scene, with Elton John-approved new wave foursome Dance Yourself to Death leading the pack. They'll be supported by one-man glam band Diamond Rings and the Yes Yes Y'All DJs Elle Nino and Sammy.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, $6 or free with any Wednesday Inside Out ticket stub, 10 pm

THEATRE | Stitch
An a capella opera sounds like it's about as bad an idea as wheel-less bicycle, but urbanvessel's Stitch pulls it off. Set to the rhythm of sewing machines, the innovative production gives voice to three women desperate to break out of the monotony of their lives as garment makers and had a sold-out run at the Theatre Centre's 2008 Free Fall festival. With reviews as good as it got that year it was only a matter of time before it returned for another run. Runs til May 30.
The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West, $22, Wednesday to Friday 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:30 pm

FILM | Bollywood in the Square
Bollywood films are all about over the top glitz and glam, so there's no better place in the city for an outdoor screening of one than Dundas Square, the gaudiest jewel in Toronto's crown. In advance of one-day Indian culture festival desiFest this Saturday, organizers are showing Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab (Unique Prem's Amazing Story) in the heart of the shopping district tonight. The film was last year's third-highest grossing movie in India and stars Ranbir Kapoor as a guy who accidentally kidnaps a girl (played by ) and then falls in love with her. Apparently kidnapping is a good way to meet women. Who knew?
Yonge-Dundas Square, Free, 7 pm

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