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Radar: Beats, Breaks and Culture, Srebrenica: the Absence, A Place Called Los Pereyra, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Summerlicious, By the Light of the Lane, PWD

MUSIC | Beats, Breaks and Culture
With the keytar making a comeback and recording software more accessible than ever before, electronic music is where it's at these days. The Beats, Breaks and Culture festival celebrates the age of the digital ditty with three days of DJ sets and live performances by both local and international stars, and a unique program of film and dance events. Tonight Kid Koala's new project the Slew take the stage, followed by local boy Rynecologist and a demonstration of a tool that lets you animate the walls of the Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room. From 2 pm to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday the Marca College of Hair and Design will be giving out free haircuts so that your shag doesn't get in the way of your headphones, and acolytes of Staten Island streetwise troubadours the Wu-Tang Clan can check out a screening of the doc Wu with director Gerald Barclay in attendance.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Free, Friday 7 pm - 2 am, Saturday 2 pm - 2 am, Sunday 2 pm - 7 pm

PHOTOGRAPHY | Srebrenica: the Absence
The name of the small Bosnian town of Srebrenica has become synonymous with a brutal massacre that took place there in 1995 during the Balkan wars. In the worst mass-killing in Europe since World War II, 8000 Muslim men and boys were murdered there by the Bosnian Serb military. Montreal-based photographer Roger Lemoyne was there as the terrible events unfolded, and his resulting photographs are not only a moving portrait of the victims of war but a key tool for those who are still seeking justice for the still-at-large perpetrators of the vicious crime. Runs til July 10.
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor, 1214 Queen Street West, Free, reception tonight 6 pm - 9 pm, gallery hours 12 pm - 5 pm daily

FILM | A Place Called Los Pereyra
A joint production between Canadian and Argentine filmmakers, A Place Called Los Pereyra documents the lives of children in a small town in Argentina. Stranded in an region so remote it's known as "the Impenetrable", the impoverished townspeople live without phones, television, or any contact with outsiders except for an annual charitable mission of "Godmothers" from Buenos Aires. The film is a compelling picture of people trying to connect across class lines, full of humourous and touching moments as well frank depictions of the reality of poverty which ultimately belie the limitations of even the most well-intentioned philanthropy. Director Andres Livov-Macklin will be in attendance for all four screenings of its short run at the Royal. This guy must really like his own movies. Runs til July 12.
The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, $10 general admission, $8 students, Friday to Monday 7 pm

OUTDOOR GALLERY | 49th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Canada's largest outdoor art exhibition brightens up Nathan Phillips Square this weekend, bringing together over 400 artists to display their creations of ceramics, digital media, textiles, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture... well, you get the idea. This year organizers have added a programming initiative to the exhibition that offers free guided tours, a speakers series and artist workshops. Today at 12 pm you can learn the art of claymaking with the Taking Control of the Wheel workshop, or later in the afternoon at 5 pm learn the fundamentals of photography in a session called From the Negative to the Positive. Runs til July 11.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Free, Friday and Saturday 10:30 am - 7:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

FOOD | Summerlicious
Toronto's foodies are salivating today as 150 restaurants across the city launch special three-course prix-fixe menus as part of Summerlicious. The festival has something for all tastes, whether you're hankering for kitschy tex-mex from the Lone Star Texas Grill, a juicy locally-raised beef burger from the Rosedale Diner, or a roasted pheasant from Sassafraz, Yorkdale's glitzy celebrity hub. Lunch menus are priced at very affordable prices points of $15, $20, or $25, while dinner goes for $25, $35, or $45, meaning that even the most money-grubbing glutton will be able to take part. Reservations are recommended at most establishments. Runs til July 25.
Restaurants across Toronto, check website for locations and menus

POETRY | Fringe Poetry presents: By the Light in the Lane
The exterior of Honest Ed's has inspired many things over the years; revulsion, the desire to by off-brand sneakers by the cartful, the odd fit of epilepsy, and now poetry.By the Light of the Lane will see local poets Sonia Di Placido and Lisa Young try to outshine the garish lights overhead with public readings of their work in the alleyway that runs down the middle of the discount shrine. A couple of trips to the nearby beer tent will only make things more surreal.
The alley at Honest Ed's, 581 Bloor Street West, Free, 7:30 pm - 8 pm

The Radar's Friday night party pick this week is a newly minted soul jam at Senegalese restaurant/Kensginton dance hall Teranga. Funk, disco and infectious grooves are the order of the day, with "no parking on the dancefloor" the only rule in effect. There's rumours of rollerskates being involved in this party, but frankly I don't believe it. At no cover though you can't go wrong. All aboard the soul train.
Teranga, 159 Augusta Avenue, PWYC, 10 pm

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