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Radar: Spacing Magazine Summer Launch, The New Toronto Zoo, Press Pass One Year Anniversary, Legally Blonde the Musical, Live Band Karaoke, Pitchin' Tents at Camp 4

BOOKS AND LIT | Spacing Magazine Summer Launch
Since its first edition was published in 2003 by the Toronto Public Space Committee, Spacing magazine has proven itself adept at delivering hyper-intelligent analysis on the issues that affect Torontonians' public life. From transit to postering bylaws to our water supply and the greening of our city, Spacing has every nook and cranny of the city covered. Tonight they launch their summer issue, which coming on the heels of Pride and the G20 riots focuses on public spectacles that periodically take over urban spaces. Ever wonder what a public hanging in Toronto looked like, or how many riots have hit our streets over the years? The magazine will also be unveiling new versions of their famous subway buttons as well as a new "I survived the quake!" souvenir to commemorate our recent brush with Richter scale.
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, $10 cover includes new issue, $5 for subscribers, 7:30 pm

GALLERY | The New Toronto Zoo
There's no shortage of animal life in this city (since when do possums live in Parkdale? And what are they doing on my front porch?), but tattoo artist Ian Langdon is about to unleash a whole new menagerie on Toronto's streets. He's created fifty images of exotic animals on large canvases, which he then reproduced on smaller three feet by three feet poster paper. Visitors to the opening of his gallery show tonight are encouraged to take the posters and plaster them on any flat surface they can find, turning art lovers into curators of a virtual city-wide zoo. Langdon's website will then document the new urban habitat of each animal.
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Free, 7 pm - 10 pm

PARTY | Press Pass One Year Anniversary
Toronto's favourite gathering for J-school grads and itinerant bloggers turns one tonight. The brainchild of Artstars* agitator-in-chief Nadja Sayej and illustrator Sarah Lazarovic, the monthly jam at the aptly named Press Club on Dundas is the city's only regular journo party, providing local ink-slingers with an excuse to blow off their deadlines and drink their faces off (as if they needed an excuse). Aside from their usual news-themed drink specials and door prizes, Sayej and Lazarovic will be erecting a commemorative plaque at 1 am to officially claim the Press Club as their own.
Press Club, 850 Dundas Street West, Free, 10 pm

THEATRE | Legally Blonde the Musical
Direct from Broadway comes the stage version of the Reese Witherspoon flick about a pink-clad sorority sister who packs up her Prada heels and toy dog and heads off to college. Much like Clueless before it, the film became an unlikely classic for its self-aware portrayal of a ditzy heroine who has more layers than you'd expect, and when the musical version debuted in 2007 it was successful enough to net seven Tony nominations and widespread critical acclaim. Mirvish productions brings the touring cast of the show to Toronto today for a month long run.
Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Tuesday to Saturday 8 pm, $28 - $99, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

MUSIC | Live Band Karaoke
All it takes to be in a band these days is a copy of Logic and neighbours willing to tolerate the sound of you wailing emotively into your laptop til all hours of the night. If you lack either of these, your next best bet is a one-night stand with Shark Week, a local four piece who lend their impressive chops to anyone with the guts to stand up on stage with them and belt out a tune. Specializing in punk and classic rock, the boys have put together an impressive list of songs they can competently perform for tonight's live karaoke session which includes selections from the Stooges, Guns 'n Roses, the Pixies, and the Beatles. These guys can really play, so you can take some consolation in the fact that they are guaranteed to sound good even if you don't.
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Free, 9 pm

PARTY | Pitchin' Tents at Camp 4
Grab your carabineer and a sturdy pair of hiking boots and head to Camp 4 for the third edition of Pitchin' Tents. The alpine themed bar on Dundas is so new you can still smell the sap in the wood on the walls, but its already ingratiated itself to local drinkers for providing a laid-back alternative to the bustle of the increasingly obnoxious Ossington strip. DJ Mlle Bacon will be spinning a set of straight up rock (electro and house are verboten at base camp) for you to bend the floorboards to. Time to get in off the streets and back into the woods.
Camp 4, 1173 Dundas Street West, Free, 10 pm

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