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Radar: Site Exercises, Fuel, the Nasty Show at Just for Laughs, Gaza Freedom Flotilla Eyewitness Reports, Tattoo Thursday's Tribute to Martin Streek

GALLERY | Site Exercises
The Susan Hobbs Gallery isn't so pretty from the outside, occupying a building in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood that could easily be mistaken for an abandoned garage. But inside, the bleached white cubic space has housed some of the most forward-thinking exhibitions the city has seen since it opened in 1993. Today a new show that focuses on the gallery space itself begins, featuring site-specific works that reveal hidden layers of the history of the building. Featuring installations by Ian Carr-Harris, Axel Lieber, Didier Courbot, and Patrick Howlett, as well as a re-presentation of work by Brian Groombridge that spans two floors of the gallery. Runs til August 21.
Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth Street, reception tonight 7 pm - 9 pm, Gallery hours Wednesday to Saturday 11 am - 5 pm

FILM | Fuel
Today is your last chance to check out Josh Tickell's alarming documentary about fossil fuel addiction at the Bloor Cinema. It's accepted doctrine these days that reliance on foreign oil poses many problems of Western society, including entangling us is messy foreign policies and irreparably harming the environment, but for Tickell the issue hits closer to home. His activism is spurred by the fact that several members of his family suffered from serious pollution-related disease while he was growing up in Louisiana (things haven't quite improved in that state lately either), driving him to seek alternatives to our petroleum-fueld lifestyle. Nearly eleven years in the making, Fuel is packed with testimony from leading politicians, scientists, and activists and won the audience choice award at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street, $10, 9 pm

COMEDY | The Nasty Show
The Just for Laughs festival gets down and dirty tonight with The Nasty Show, a showcase of the filthiest, edgiest, swearingest comedians North America has to offer. Hosted by the self-proclaimed "pitbull of comedy" Bobby Slayton, our own resident crank Mike Wilmot, Late Show veteran Corey Holcomb, "the Amazing Racist" Ari Shaffir, and Thea Vidale (who when she's not swearing a blue streak into a microphone onstage spends time raising four kids) will do their best to shock and offend.
Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, $49.25, 7 pm

ACTIVISM | Gaza Fredom Flottila: Eyewitness Reports
At the end of May, a fleet of ships carrying activists and humanitarian supplies bound for the Palestinian territory of Gaza was boarded by Israeli forces. The resulting scuffle was a disaster for all sides, leaving 9 passengers dead and seriously damaging Israel's international image. What exactly happened remains unclear however, with both sides blaming each other for instigating the violence (a common occurrence in the Mideast conflict). Tonight Farooq Burney, director of the Palestinian rights organization Al Fakhoora, and retired engineer Kevin Neish, two of the activists who were on board the ship when it was boarded, come to Toronto to give eyewitness accounts of what unfolded that day.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Suggested $10 general admission, $5 students, 6:30 pm

PARTY | Tattoo Thursday's Tribute to Martin Streek
Last summer Toronto alt music fans were shocked to hear that lovable former Edge 102.1 DJ Martin Streek had taken his own life at the age of 45. His outgoing personality had been a staple of the radio station for twenty years before he was downsized just two months prior to his death, and in his time he helped inject this city's music scene with a hearty dose of hard rock. Tonight just down the block from where Streek hosted the Thursday 30 at the Velvet Undergound, Tattoo Thursday's is dedicating this edition of the weekly party to mark the one year anniversary of his death. Expect the usual mix of heavy tunes courtesy of DJs Millhouse Brown (a personal friend of Streek's) and David Marsden, and no doubt many stories will be told in his memory. All proceeds go to Skate 4 Cancer.
Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen Street West, $10, 10 pm

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