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Radar: Friends of Musa Fundraiser, Hercules and Love Affair at the Mod Club, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, Tweetgasm V1.0, Arabian Nights

BENEFIT | Friends of Musa Fundraiser
On July 4, a quick-moving fire destroyed several homes at Dundas and Euclid and gutted Musa, a brunch hangout that's been beloved by Dundas Westers for nine years. The local community is coming together tonight to raise funds for Musa's owners, with members of the Golden Dogs and White Cowbell Oklahoma lending their musical talent to the effort. Nearby businesses have also donated their services, and some great prizes will be raffled off including bar tabs at the Cloak and Dagger and the Garrison, a Soundscapes gift certificate, and brunch for two at Mitzi's CafĂŠ.
Magpie, 831 Dundas Street West, PWYC, 7 pm

MUSEUM | Hercules and Love Affair
Brooklyn disco-tinged electronic outfit Hercules and Love Affair hit town tonight for a show that will leave you breathless from dancing, hoarse from screaming, and given the appeal of frontman/DJ Andrew Butler, quite possibly questioning your sexuality. The Pitchfork-approved band is touring in support of their 2009 record Sidetracked, but expect to hear some newer songs tonight as their next album is due out this fall.
The Mod Club, 722 College Street, $18.50, 9 pm

SPOKEN WORD | Shane Koyczan at Hugh's Room
Watching Shane Koyczan deliver one of his poems in front of a live audience is like watching a runaway freight train. Building momentum until he reaches an unstoppable speed, the Yewllowknife-born spoken word artist's passionate delivery and mind-bending logic have propelled him to become one of the country's most lauded poets. The first Canadian to win the US National Poetry Slam, the Canadian government commissioned a poem from him for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics. Koyczan and his backing band Short Story Long will be filling Hugh's Room with his powerful words tonight.
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, $20 advance, $22.50 at the door, 8:30 pm

PARTY | TweetGasm V1.0
I deleted my Twitter account months ago when I began to suspect the "Jonathan Goldstein" I was following was an imposter, and not the real obscure CBC Radio host I am obsessed with. So I may be the last person to know what a Tweetup is. Apparently it's Twitter-themed party that you're only supposed to hear about through Twitter. The Gladstone hosts the first in a monthly series of Tweetups tonight, organized by @tweetgasmTO and featuring the DJ skills of Joe Blow and Sigourney Beaver. If you really want to have fun, try to only have conversations that are 140 characters long all night.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Free, 7 pm - 12 am

FILM | Arabian Nights
This 1974 masterpiece by Italian auteur Pier Paolo Pasolini contains the holy trinity of good filmmaking: nudity, sex, and slapstick comedy. Based losely on the ancient stories in One Thousand and One Nights, the movie follows a slave girl on her erotic adventures as she's pursued by her former master, a naive but good-hearted man who's fallen deeply in love with her. The film won the Grand Prix Special Prize when it debuted at Cannes, and the screening at Jackman Hall tonight is part of TIFF Cinematheque's ongoing program in tribute to the director.
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West, regular $10.14, students $5.90, 7 pm

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