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Radar: Expressions of Brazil, Free Friday at the Toronto Indy, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Bent Out of Shape, Modernboys Moderngirls 50's Rock 'n Roll Party, Mad Culture Jam

FESTIVAL | Expressions of Brazil
Toronto's Brazilian population is feeling a little down in the mouth at the moment, having watched their beloved soccer team make an early exit from the World Cup. They might take a little comfort this weekend at Expressions of Brazil, the Habourfront Centre's three-day celebration the South American country's food, music, and arts. There's a full schedule of performances and workshops throughout the weekend, but tonight at 9:30 pm the Batucada Carioca samba group will fill the waterfront with the sounds of Rio's Carnival, and the Many Eyes, Different Visions art exhibition opens.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Free, Friday 6 pm - 11 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm

MOTORSPORTS | Free Friday at the Toronto Indy
Due to the fact that it is so incredibly loud, we're all going to be a part of the Honda Indy at Exhibition Place this weekend. And because you can't escape hearing it, you might as go see it too. Attending the first round of the race today is completely free of charge, so if the churning of gears and machinations of engine parts flips your switch, it's your lucky day. Not only can you watch the cars in action, but take a ride on the Honda race simulator to see how it feels. Honda Canada is footing the bill for everyone, but is asking that you pitch in whatever you can spare as a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Exhibition Place, 100 Princes Boulevard, Free, 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

THEATRE | Love, Loss and What I Wore
Delia and Nora Ephron know exactly how to trigger that part of your brain that responds to funny and touching things. Between them they've written the megahit movies You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Julie and Julia. Now they've turned their sappy superpowers to the stage and created another success in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a comedy based on a book written by Ilene Beckerman about clothing's ability to trigger emotional memories. The Ephrons have added their own personal experiences to the stage adaptation, and the Toronto production features a strong rotating cast of Canadian actors including comic veteran Andrea Martin, Degrassi's Paula Brancati, 22 Minutes star Mary Walsh, and Toronto's sweetheart Cynthia Dale.
Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, $35 - $65, Tuesday to Saturday 8 pm, Matinees Wednesday and Saturday 2 pm, Sunday July 18 2 pm and 7 pm

DESIGN | Bent Out of Shape
This new exhibition by the Design Exchange spans six decades of Canadian design. Selected textiles, furniture, housewares, electronics, and lighting pulled from the Exchange's 400-strong collection will be on display, tracking social and political changes that have occurred since the Second World War. While old chairs and some dead guy's table lamp are all well and good, there will also be new work by contemporary designers like Rob Southcott, Bev Hisey, the Brothers Dressler, and Brad Turner that serve to compliment and contextualize ongoing trends. Runs til October 10.
The Design Exchange Exhibition Hall, 234 Bay Street, Adult $10, Student $8, Monday to Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

MUSIC | Modernboys Moderngirls 50's Rock 'n Roll Party
Calling all greasers, bobby soxers and cool cats. Local indie outfits are turning back the clock tonight, playing a hit parade of 50s tunes live and in the flesh. It's real coolsville, daddy-o. Modernboys and Moderngirls lead the pack, with the Balconies, Make Your Exit, Dinosaur Bones, and Gentlemen Husbands riding side car. They'll be playing pure chrome-plated rockers from the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and the Everly Brothers. Grab your best paper shaker, get your wazoo into your chariot, and tear ass. Time to goose it!
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West, $7, 9:30 pm

FESTIVAL | Mad Pride's Mad Culture Jam
We're in the midst of Mad Pride, which is not an angrier version of Gay Pride, but a celebration of the struggles overcome by victims of mental diseases. Today's Mad Culture Jam features an afternoon of theatre including an open stage, a performance of politically-minded Pandemic Theatre's latest work Imbalanced, a reading of the the Friendly Spike Theatre Band's new play.
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 Westlodge Avenue, Free, 5 pm - 10 pm

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