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Radar: Scott Pilgrim Midnight Release Party, Trampoline Hall, Sweetgrass, Jimmy Cliff at Massey Hall, the Boom Experiment Show

BOOKS AND LIT | Scott Pilgrim Midnight Release Party
I am totally shocked to learn, just moments ago, that the Scott Pilgrim movie still hasn't come out. I remember them filming that thing around the corner from my house like two years ago, and then weren't there a whole bunch of commercials for it? What gives? Turns out the movie's set for release this August, but die-hard Pilgrim fans are more excited about the release of the sixth and final volume of the original Pilgrim comic book by London, ON native Bryan Lee O'Malley. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour will be available on Tuesday at bookstores everywhere, but if you really can't wait that long the Beguiling comic shop is releasing it a few hours early tonight at a party featuring O'Malley himself as the guest of honour. There will also be music from Sister, Chang-A-Lang, and Hurry Hard, a soundtrack listening party, and video games for all you nerds.
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Free, 12 midnight

AMATEUR LECTURE | Trampoline Hall
The topic of Torontoist contributor Amanda HappĂŠ's lecture at tonight's edition of Trampoline Hall is "Winging It," which is very fitting for an amateur lecture. None of tonight's speakers are experts on the topics they chose, which is what makes it fun. Watch as journalist Buffy Childerhose ventures out of her newsy comfort zone to describe lovesickness, and hear Chris Reynolds try to explain his fascination with worms. Tickets always sell quickly, but as always a small group will be released for sale at the venue at 6:30 pm.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West, $6 advance, $5 rush, 7:30 pm

FILM | Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass is an American documentary about Montana sheep farming that has no narration, no soundtrack, and no drama. Just wall to wall sheep. I know what you're thinking: "Couldn't they have found something more interesting to film, like paint drying, or a meeting of the Canadian budget finance committee?" But apparently, Sweetgrass is awesome. Set against a stunning landscape during the final years of the declining American sheep industry, the passivity of the movie's woolly stars masks their owners' struggle to come to grips with the end of their way of life. It's being called an amazing story about the bond between humans and animals, and is halfway through its two-week run at the Royal. Plays til Thursday.
The Royal, 608 College Street, General admission $10, $8 students, Monday and Thursday 7 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 pm

MUSIC | Jimmy Cliff at Massey Hall
Even before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, Jimmy Cliff had collected some impressive honours. He's so well esteemed in his native Jamaica that he's the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit from the Jamaican government, which means if you ever meet him you have to call him by his proper title; "the Honourable Jimmy Cliff", which just sounds weird. The reggae legend best known for his hit "You Can Get It If You Really Want It" is currently in the midst of his biggest North American tour in twenty years, and will be filling Massey Hall with his good vibes tonight.
Massey Hall, 178 Victorica Street, $49.50 - $69.50, 8 pm

COMEDY | The Boom Experiment Show
With a roster that includes Nikki Payne, Dan Galea, Garrett Jamieson, and Desiree Lavoy-Dorsch, the Boom sketch troupe is a powerhouse of local comedy. These guys are so bad ass they tried to perform at the Don Jail (but the warden or whoever wouldn't let 'em). Tonight they're joined by the dark boy wonder of standup Jon Steinberg plus some other special guests for an experimental (i.e. unprepared) show.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West, PWYC, 8:30 pm

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