Weekend Radar: Indie Literary Market, Bike-In Movie Night, Back to You: A Dear John (Mayer) Letter, Dundas Street Design Workshop, the Thank You Girls, Standards, Doggie Doggelganer Contest, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto Festival of Clowns
Saturday, June 5:
BOOKS AND LIT | The 2nd annual Indie Literary Market
Toronto's only all-indie book fair sets up shop at Clinton's Tavern this weekend. The Indie Literary Market is put together by Meet the Presses, an all-volunteer collective of writers and lit enthusiasts like Gary Barwin, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Paul Dutton, and Maria Erskine. Meet the Presses curates the fair, which means that the best and most innovative indie publishers will be selling publications that you won't find in your nearest mega-bookstore. Exhibitors include Toronto lit badboys Bookthug, Coach House Books, and the Porcupine's Quill.
Clinton's Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West, Free, 12 pm - 5:30 pm
FILM | Bike-In Movie Night: E.T.
The World Wildlife Fund presents a twist on the drive-in movie tonight by inviting Torontonians to bike up to the big screen and watch an outdoor showing of Steven Spielberg's classic E.T.. The event is part of WWF's Pin it to the Planet campaign, which encourages Canadians to reduce their driving and show their support for car-free transportation by pinning their car keys to their shirts. Sounds a little odd, but if you see people walking around with keys attached to their breast pockets, it's not the latest fashion trend. Wearing a shoe on your head, however? Totally the next big thing.
Metro Square Parkette, 55 John Street, Free, 7 pm
THEATRE | Back to You: A Dear John (Mayer) Letter
In very short order, the media image of John Mayer has gone from po-faced Americana heartthrob to boorish womanizer. Playwright and actress Brianne Hogan saw something compelling in his fall from grace, and decided to write a hilarious play about Mayer's search for redemption and yes, true love, in the era of TMZ. Back to You follows John's attempts to reconnect with his long-lost Japanese summer school love, and everything looks like it's going to be alright until a pair of wannabe stars decide it'd be better for their careers to break the lovers up. Although Hogan has a razor sharp wit capable of eviscerating our celebrity-obsessed pop culture, she's a self-professed Mayer fan who obviously wants things to go back to the way they were, before we heard the term "sexual napalm" and lost our innocence forever. The production plays for one day here in Toronto before it heads down to the Hollywood Fringe Festival later this month.
Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander Street, $18 general admission, $12 student matinee, 4:30 pm and 8 pm
COMMUNITY | Dundas Street West Design Workshop
They say you can't fight city hall, but the with the folks at 100 Queen Street West being so cooperative these days you may not have to. The city is undertaking a major revitalization of Dundas Street West between University Avenue and Bathurst Street, and almost every step of the way they're asking for community input. Having already held a walkthrough of the area with interested citizens, today they're holding a workshop that invites locals to put pens to paper and devise ways to open up the important street to tourist traffic without infringing on its livability or its historical character. The ideas that participants come up with will be fed into the larger urban design concept, to be completed in 2011.
OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, Free, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
FILM | The Thank You Girls
Imagine a version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert with absolutely no plot and set in the Phillippines, and you've got Charliebebs Gohetia's The Thank You Girls. The movie focuses on a group of drag queens, each of whom models their persona on a different beauty queen from the Third World, as they travel from pageant to pageant in the Filipino countryside. While most movies about men in drag are full of melodrama, The Thank You Girls is a road story in the classic sense, told in the trademark Filipino laid-back style. The movie comes to the Revue Cinema direct from Manila for a two-day run, and screenings will be accompanied by performances from one of the city's hottest drag queens Sabrina Perez. Runs til Sunday.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, $12.50, Saturday and Sunday 3:30 pm
PARTY | Standards
You may have noticed crowds of people spilling out onto the street from a new bar near Bloor and Ossington recently. Locals starved for an classy but cool place to hang out have been flocking to The Piston since it opened a few months ago, overflowing from its large storefront window on our recent spell of hot summer nights. The bar is steadily building a loyal clientele with a diet of low-key performances by talented musicians like members of Zeus and the Arkells, as well as the occasional party. Saturday is only the second edition of Standards, a new monthly dance night helmed by veteran DJs Davy Love and Linda Noelle Bush. Anyone who's been to the pair's Blow Up nights will know to expect a healthy dose of mod, rock, ska, and shoegaze.
The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Free, 10 pm
Sunday, June 6:
PETS | Woofstock "Doggie Doggelganger" High Tea
Next weekend thousands of pet owners will descend on St. Lawerence Market to celebrate Woofstock, the largest outdoor dog festival in North America. But if you're desperate for doggie treat before then, swing by the swanky King Edward Hotel on Sunday for Woofstock's dog celebrity look-a-like contest. Doggie versions of your favourite stars (think chihuahuas in Elvis wigs and greyhounds dressed as Lady Ga Ga) will walk the red carpet in the hotel's lavish ballroom, with the winner getting a two-day stay in the hotel next weekend. Only problem is they don't let dogs stay in the suites, so their owners will have to go instead. Doesn't seem fair really.
King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East, $10 minimum donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Pets, 2 pm - 4 pm
COMMUNITY | Compassion Marketplace
If you're a socially conscious eater who's ever wondered "why don't they make a vegan version of this?" then the Compassion Marketplace is for you. The final event of the Toronto Vegetarian Association's Compassion Week, the marketplace will offer animal-friendly versions of your favourite dishes from the PinkHart Diner. Aside from a wide array of delicious ethical food, author Jae Steele will be giving a talk on local compassionate food, animal rights philospher David Sztybel will make the case for sparing our furry farm friends, and Sheri Delaney will educate visitors on Sunderland, Ontario's Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.
Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Free, 11 am - 7 pm
FILM | Worldwide Short Film Festival
The Worldwide Short Film Festival wraps up this weekend, with two solid days of the best abbreviated motion pictures from around the world.. If you haven't had a chance to check out any of the 281 films from 34 countries entered into this year's festival, you've still got two days, and since the movies are so short if you really get yourself organized you can probably take in about 200 of them. Your best bets over the weekend are Saturday's Laughter Without Borders program of international comedies, which includes drunken history with Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle, and Sunday's Lunafest lineup of films by, for and about women. Check out our preview for more info. Runs til June 6.
Various venues and times, single tickets $10 - $12
CLOWNS | Toronto Festival of Clowns
Coulrophobics are well-advised to steer clear of the Queen and Dufferin for the rest of the weekend, where Canada's edgiest clowns have been gathering since Thursday for a four-day festival of performances, hilarity, and freaking everybody out as part of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. These performers aren't the bozos of days gone by. Acts like Morro and Jasp, Christian Laurin,Meaghan O'Shea, and Melissa D'Agostino (better known as Lupe), aren't interested in balloon animals and big floppy shoes, and you can expect a healthy dose of sex, violence, and social issues in the festival's performances. Mixing cabaret shows with short physical comedy acts, this year's festival also features a Masters of Clown show on Saturday night in which some of today's most seasoned bouffons will talk about their experiences in the clowning business. Runs til Sunday.
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, 6 Noble Street, All shows $10 except Masters of Clown ($20), shows start at 6:30 pm Saturday and Sunday
FOOD AND DRINK | The Beer & Cocktail Show
Since Friday, Downsview Park has been flooded with beer. Lots and lots of beer. Beer brewed by exotic labels like Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Dead Elephant, Yanjing, and Hop City. Attending the Beer and Cocktail Show is a little more complicated than ordering a pint at your local bar, however. Tickets cost $25, and once you get inside you pay $1 each for sample tokens. Then you exchange the tokens for a sample of beer, which you are charged a small fee for. So by the time the suds actually hit your lips, you've paid three times. Still, the festival boasts a selection you can't find at any pub and if getting wrecked is this expensive, you really can't feel guilty about it. The festival is also giving away a $500 gift certificate to the Beer Store each day, which your liver is hoping you do not win. Runs til Sunday.
Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, $25 (discounts for groups), Friday and Saturday 6 pm - 1 am, Sunday 4 pm - 10 pm
SYMPOSIUM | Subtle Technologies Sustainability Festival
Since Friday artists and thinkers from around the world have been gathering at Innis Town Hall to discuss the issue on everybody's mind these days: sustainability. A full schedule of speakers on Saturday will address topics like DIY power generation and ecological literacy, and later in the evening the Art and Science Cruise will take you out onto the harbour to get a glimpse of the city and hear a recital on something called the Sauerkraut Synthesizer. Attending the speakers events on Saturday requires buying a pass, but on Sunday the festival is staging a full day of free workshops with a special program to teach kids about environmental issues.
Most events at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Student Festival Pass $55, Full Festival Pass $145, Art Cruise $30, Sunday Workshops free with registration, Saturday 9:15 am - 7:30 pm, Sunday 9:45 am - 3:15 pm
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