Weekend Radar: Late Night in the Bedroom, African Literature at Luminato, World Naked Bike Ride, Woofstock, Toronto Horse Day, The Bicycle: Fighting AIDS with Community Medicine, Give Me a Sine, Pedal the Humber, InspiraTO Festival
Saturday, June 12:
TALK SHOW | Late Night in the Bedroom
Late Night in the Bedroom is kind of like what the Tonight Show would be if it was set on College Street and never interviewed anyone over thirty. Our favourite local internet talk show returns to Whippersnapper tonight for its 11th live taping, with guests music video director Sammy Rawal, illustrator Juliana Neufeld, and street artist Dan Bergeron, aka fauxreel, who's Carl the Plastic Baby project was recently profiled on blogTO. The evening's light entertainment could get a little heavy when local popsters the Styrofoam Ones hit the stage with epic rockers the Darcys, followed by a fundraising party with DJs 723 and Jerk Chicken. As a bonus, LNB will be raffling off NXNE wristbands and an AGO membership.
Whippersnapper Gallery, 587A College Street West, Free with RSVP, 8 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | African Literature at Luminato
Although mostly unknown in Canada outside of U of T African Studies classrooms, Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a giant of twentieth century literature. His 1967 novel on Kenyan independence A Grain of Wheat is a classic portrayal of the pyrrhic victory that was the end of colonialism in Africa, and in 2009 he was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for achievement in fiction. Ngugi is the most esteemed member of a panel of three African authors coming to Toronto tonight as part of the Luminato African literature series, and will be joined by Brian Chikwava reading from his story of Zimbabwean immigrants in London Harare North and Carole Enoho, who's first novel Living Dangerously Well satirizes the corrupt politics at work in Nigeria. Presented by This is Not a Reading Series.
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, $15, 2 pm
CYCLING | World Naked Bike Ride
Toronto's environmental activists will be stripping down and mounting up for the World Naked Bike Ride today, risking a serious case of saddle rash to bring attention to the dangers of fossil fuel dependency. The logic is that if you think the sight of nude riders tearing through Toronto streets is offensive, it's nothing compared to the outrage of environmental disasters like the BP oil spill. The event is now in it sixth year, with thousands of riders in 70 cities across the world donning their birthday suits for the cause.
Meet in Coronation Park, near Bathurst Street and Lakeshore Boulevard, Free, 12 pm
PETS | Woofstock 2010
Fire hydrants beware, North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs hits St. Lawrence Market this weekend. An incredible 300,000 pets and pet-lovers are expected to attend Woofstock this year to shop for the latest in canine fashion and designer dog food, take part in events like the Mr. and Mrs. Canine Beauty Pageant, the Stupid Dog Trick Contest, the Woofstock Fashion Show, and of course, to sniff each other's bums (the dogs, not the owners). The event is free so if you don't own a dog but enjoy large congregations of hairy mammals, you're welcome to attend. Runs til Sunday.
St. Lawrence Market, Front Street East and Wellington Street East, Free, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
EQUESTRIAN | 2nd Annual Toronto Horse Day
Every little girl (and some little boys) wants a pony. Unfortunately they're huge, expensive, and produce a couple of barrelfuls of plop a day, so owning one is probably a lot less fun than it sounds. Toronto Horse Day brings you all the fun of horseriding with none of the hassle of shoveling poop, offering a full day of hands-on lessons for beginners, demonstrations of different styles of riding, and a chance to meet some of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit, who, after their done entertaining the kids today, will be gearing up to crack some anarchist skulls at the upcoming G20 conference.
The Horse Palace, Exhibition Place, Free, 11 am - 4 pm
FILM | The Bicycle - Fighting AIDS with Community Medicine
While Torontonians have the luxury of riding around naked on their bikes all day, in other parts of the world some people are using them to do work. The bicycle has proven to be a useful tool in the fight against HIV and AIDS in parts of Africa where ambulances are scarce and roads are often poor. A bike allows medical workers to travel long distances to treat those in need, increasing patients' access to care. As part of the Luminato Reel program, the National Film Board Mediatheque presents The Bicycle: Fighting AIDS with Community Medicine, a film about a man named Pax Chingawale who rides from town to town in Malawi helping the sick. The short film is part of a double bill along with Stephen Lewis: The Man Who Couldn't Sleep.
National Film Board Mediatheque, 150 John Street, Free, 12:30 pm
Sunday, June 13
PERFORMANCE | Give Me a Sine
Kensington art space/bar Bread & Circus presents an evening of multidisciplinary works by Toronto's young artists. Filmmaker Vug Dragojevic, who makes beautiful but disturbing short videos, will be presenting his latest work, as will illustrator Madeleine Hellmers, visual artists Jol Thomson and Brett Despotovich, and several others. Organizers promise live music, some kind of audio visual "event", and alcohol.
Bread and Circus, 299 Augusta Avenue, Free, 8 pm
FILM | Voices
Hearts Open Toronto, a non-profit group that builds community through the arts, presents Voices, a film that gives expression to victims of communist oppression around the world. Blending footage of spiritually charged performances of dance, drama, and music, the film was made by Czech-born Zuzana Hahn who is currently coordinating a project to build a monument in Ottawa to commemorate the lives of those who were killed under Communist rule in Europe. Blues rocker Danny Marks will be performing at the Toronto premiere of the film and the artists involved in making the movie will be in attendance.
Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West, PWYC, 7 pm
CYCLING | Pedal the Humber
I'm sure you all have it marked on your calendars, but in case you've forgotten today is Canadian Rivers Day, an event held each year to remind Canadians of the importance of preserving our waterways. To celebrate, the city's conservation department is organizing a guided ride down the West End's Humber River cycling trail, which will end with a free local food picnic with live musical entertainment in Etienne Brûlé Park.
Meet at Old Mill Station, 2672 Bloor Street West, Free, 10 am
FESTIVAL | Franco-Fête de Toronto
Franco-fête, the largest francophone celebration west of Ottawa, began at Harbourfront on Thursday and wraps up on Saturday. The lineup of entertainment includes a full day of French cooking demonstrations, kids activities, and performance by slam poet Carl Bessette, bilingual singer-songwriter Tricia Foster, and Montreal electro duo Orange Orange. A special Spotlight on Haiti program will feature musicians from the stricken island. Runs til Saturday.Soiree Choq: El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, Free, Friday 9 pm
Franco-Fête: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, Free, Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 am
THEATRE | InspiraTO Festival
Maybe it's true what they say about the Internet and television ruining our attention spans. Who's got time these days to sit through a three-hour drama to find out who killed whom, or which Greek hero committed incest with which of his family members. The InspiraTO festival (which began last week) knows that we want our entertainment wrapped up easily digestible packages, that's why no play on their program is more than 10 minutes long. For the past five years the festival has presented the best short dramas Canadian playwrights can concoct, set to the theme of the one of the senses. This year's theme is touch, and the plays are divided into two programs of eight plays: the blueTouch program is mysterious and cool, while the redTouch plays are sexy and hot. The quality of the drama should be high as only 16 plays were selected from 330 submissions, but if you don't like what you're seeing, all you have to do is wait about 9 minutes for something new. Runs til June 13.
Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Regular tickets $15, Late shows $10, various times, check schedule for full details
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