Radar: Fresh Wednesday, Descant Summer Launch, Granny Boots, Vitamin G, David Mitchell, Free Flicks at Harbourfront: Eat Drink Man Woman

FARMER'S MARKET | Fresh Wednesday
From now until the end of August the concrete landscape of Nathan Phillips Square will be greenified every Wednesday with local produce, fresh-cut flowers, and home-grown talent. The Fresh Wednesdays farmers' market brings downtown dwellers the crispest vegetables and the juiciest fruits at a time of year when nature's bounty is at its peak. Each market is accompanied by lunch vendors and free noon concerts from local folk artists, starting with Niagara singer songwriterArianna Gillis.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Free, 10 am - 2 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | Descant 149 Summer Launch
Since it began in 1970, Descant has made a strong case for being the country's foremost literary and arts journal, publishing beautifully-produced volumes of works by Canadian and international writers and visual artists. Each issue centres around a theme, and appropriately enough for our smoggy city, this season's is "Summer and Smoke: the Search for Values." Tonight's launch will feature readings by contributors including poet Roxanna Bennett, fiction writer Lauren Carter, verse writer Glenn Hayes, and essayist David Mason. Copies of the new issue will be available for purchase.
Bar Italia, 582 College Street, Free, 7:30 pm

PARTY | Granny Boots and Vitamin G
It's a double bill of queer parties at the Gladstone tonight, beginning with Granny Boots and cleaning up with Vitamin G. This week's Beyonce-themed edition of Granny Boots gives queer singles a chance to mingle to the beat of performances by Mata Danze, Secret Trial Five, and dance chaka band Amai Kuda et les Bois. That party ends early, but if you're not the nine to five type you can stick around for Vitamin G, Queen West's up and coming dance party that's putting the hump back in hump day.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Granny Boots: Free, 8 pm - 10 pm, Vitamin G: Free, 10 pm - 2 am

BOOKS AND LIT | David Mitchell in Conversation with Randy Boyagoda
Described by seminal literary journal Granta as "one of the best young British novelists" David Mitchell's writing possesses the uncanny qualities of being both experimental and highly readable. The only novelist on Time's list of the world's 100 most influential people in 2007, Mitchell's Number9Dream and Cloud Atlas displayed his uncommon imagination and his ability to weave together different voices to create compelling yet fractured narratives. He comes to town tonight to discuss his latest book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet, a speculative historical novel set in colonial Japan, with fellow novelist and critic Randy Boyagoda.
Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, 7 pm

FILM | Longo's Free Flicks at Harbourfront: Eat Drink Man Woman
All this summer Harbourfront is screening a mouth-watering selection of films about food at its outdoor theatre. This week's pick is Ang Lee's masterpiece Eat Drink Man Woman, about a Taiwanese retired chef and his three daughters whose elaborate meals are a substitute for the affection that they're incapable of expressing verbally. An ode to the three necessities of life (food, drink, and love) the onscreen feasts in this movie look so delicious you may want to hit up some take out on the way home.
Harbourfront Centre Sirius Stage, 235 Queens Quay West, Free, 8:45 pm

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