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Radar: I Hate You More than the Devil Hates Me, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Twilight Convention, Fondle 'Em Fridays with DJ Fase, Island Soul Festival, Seven Inch Samurai

VISUAL ART | I Hate You More than the Devil Hates Me: New Work by Jesi the Elder
Animator Jesi the Elder has made some seriously whacked out videos for the likes of DDMMYYY, Final Fantasy, and Katie Stelmanis, so she's the perfect person to inaugurate Sonic Boom's new artists' wall. We'll get our first glimpse of her new work at an opening reception and unveiling of the wall tonight, and after that the weirdness that is her cartoons will be on display til September 1.
Sonic Boom, 512 Bloor Street West, Free, 7 pm - 10 pm

MUSIC | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and his band are like those hippies from Guelph you run into every once and a while. They're overly cute and really annoying until you realize how completely sincere they are, and then all of a sudden you can't stop thinking about them, especially that arty girl in the back who no one seems able to get to... Anyway, the band released the catchiest single in indie-dom last year with Home, and it's been more than enough to propel them to national fame, including a performance on the Late Show.
Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, $19, 8 pm

CONVENTION | Official Twilight Convention
Okay so Kristen Stewart and that really dreamy guy aren't going to be there, but from what I understand people really go nuts for this Twilight stuff so I assume someone is excited about the Toronto stop of the traveling Twilight Convention. The top-billed actor attending is Chaske Spencer who plays Sam Uley in the movies, followed by Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater), Alex Meraz (werewolf named Paul), and some others. Take some pictures, add them to your scrap book. But don't ask any of these guys for Pattinson's number...they don't like it. Runs til Sunday.
Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, $25 daily, Friday 12 pm - 7 pm, Saturday 11 am - 7 pm, Sunday 11:30 am - 6 pm

PARTY | Fondle Em Fridays with DJ Fase
DJ Fase can usually be seen packing the dance floor at the Drake Hotel, but tonight he's moved a few storefronts down to the considerably less auspicious confines of Midpoint. That should only increase the enjoyment per square foot factor however, as the veteran DJ knows exactly what tracks to spin and when, whether he's working his 9-year long gig at CIUT or getting asses shaking at Edumacation. In honour of Caribana, Midpoint is serving up jerk chicken, curried goat, and rice and peas. Just what you need before you spend two hours on the dance floor, am I right?
Midpoint, 1180 Queen Street West, No cover, 10 pm

FESTIVAL | Island Soul
The endless parade of summer festivals at Harbourfront continues this weekend with Island Soul. Coinciding with Caribana's closing weekend, the festival showcases Caribbean culture with four days of music, dance, and food. Saturday night's headlining performance by the "Queen of Roots Reggae" Ifrica is a huge draw, and on Sunday and Monday afternoon some of the world's best steel pan players will hammer out their distinctive sound. If you're a lady who wants to look the part as well, join a head wrap workshop.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, Free, Friday 7 pm - 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm - 2 am, Monday 12 pm - 6:30 pm

PARTY | Seven Inch Samurai
The Black Dice CafĂŠ is pretty small, so it's hard to see how they're going to fit seven DJs in there for tonight's samurai rock showdown. Seven would-be turntable shoguns will be doing battle to see who can play the best combination of rock 'n roll, mod, soul, funk, and Japanese variations thereof. The only rule is that it's all gotta be on 45s and the dancing's not allowed to stop.
Black Dice CafĂŠ, 1574 Dundas Street West, Free, 10 pm

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