Radar: Night of the Living Dead, Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at Mod Club, Toronto Burlesque Festival, Powers at 751, Frugal Fashion Week
FILM | Night of the Living Dead: Reamimated
Toronto's newest independent theatre presents an innovative art project that's as brainy as it is scary. Night of the Living Dead: Reaminated has taken the soundtrack and dialogue from George Romero's 1968 classic zombie flick but removed the visuals and replaced them with animated scenes by several different artists. The result is a movie that sounds exactly like the original, but re-envisioned through an eclectic mix of styles that includes everything from puppetry, live stop motion animation, hand-drawn animation and still paintings. If you've never seen Romero's movie then none of it will make sense to you, but if you're already a zombie zealot this is just one more way to explore your fandom. Artist Larry Aldon will be in attendance.
Toronto Undeground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, $8, 9:30 pm
GALLERY | TODAY//is YESTERDAY'S//TOMORROW
This post-apocalyptic exhibition asks what role art can play in tearing down the layers of civilization. Installations of stereoscopic art, living books, and even a sound-powered time machine point to a future where society has been destroyed, but art remains. Participating artists include Mike Ellis, Lili Huston-Herterich, Tony Wallace, Charley Wu, Taya Cornett, and Emad Dabiri. Things kick off with a video screening at 9 pm followed by something called a "tech-cult performance." Also, apparently in the post-apocalyptic world there will be $4 tall cans of Steamwhistle. Runs til July 25.
1313 Gallery, 1313 Queen Street West, Free, 7 pm
MUSIC | Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Last time I saw Ariel Pink, it was in the inauspicious space at the soon-to-be-closed Whippersnapper Gallery in 2008. Since then the California freak-folk artist has become a staple of forward-thinking music blogs for his innovative motown-infused compositions, and his band Haunted Graffiti has been championed by Pitchfork, giving him the official hipster stamp of approval. Hence his return to Toronto tonight will see him play a slightly larger venue: the cavernous Mod Club Theatre. Behold the power of the blog. Magic Kids and Pearl Harbor open.
Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street, $15, Doors 6 pm
BURLESQUE | Toronto Burlesque Festival
Although the Toronto Burlesque Festival began with a teaser event yesterday, the fest starts in earnest tonight with a multi-disciplinary show at the Gladstone. Eleven artists will take the stage as the part of the Rising Stars Showcase, including Skin Tight Outta Sight's resident heartbreaker Anastasia, Boylesque's newest hunky recruit Mickey D Licious, and sideshow specialist Sia Synn. Upstairs a gallery show featuring work from the Dr. Sketchy's sessions opens, while downstairs a photography exhibit on the future of burlesque will be unveiled. There's also a charity fashion show hosted by drag queen/mayoral candidate Keith Cole and live music from Spy vs. Spy and Elvis Bossa Nova.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, $20 advance, $25 door, 7 pm - 12 am
MUSIC | Powers at 751
Since 2002, indie pop collective The Ghost is Dancing has been tearing up clubs across the country with their exuberant anthems and memorable live show, which more often than not results in partial nudity and generally a fantastic time for everyone. But the band's undergone some changes lately, paring down their big guitar sound in favour of synth and drum machine-based arrangements. To reflect their new direction (and changes in membership) they're currently transitioning to a new entity known as Powers. Tonight's their semi-official first show under the new moniker, and even though they've streamlined their sound they've still got enough musical muscle to blow the roof off the small confines of 751. Stick around after the set for a 1990s dance party.
751, 751 Queen Street West, Free, 9:30 pm
FASHION | Frugal Fashion Week
Frugal Fashion Week begins today, presenting four days of cheap, forward-thinking fashion events in five of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods. Tonight's opening event is a pop-up beauty boutique at Kiehl's that features make-overs, head to toe beauty consultations, and teatinis courtesy of David's Tea. A portion of proceeds from all Frugal Fashion Week events go towards Windfall, Canada's only new clothing bank.
Kiehl's, 2518 Yonge Street, $10, 7 pm
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