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Radar: Uncalled For's Hypnogogic Logic, Richard Hunt: Gay Muppeteer, the Toronto Film Society's From Stage to Screen, the Future of Front Street, Lion's Den

COMEDY | Hypnogogic Logic
You know how just before you fall asleep you start hallucinating things? Really weird things, like imagining all of a sudden you're playing the third level of Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for Sega Genesis? That loopy state of consciousness is known as hypnogogic phase, and it's the inspiration for a new show by Montreal's most famous comedy troupe Uncalled For. For ten years now the group has been writing acclaimed shows like Today Is All Your Birthdays, and in 2005 took over the Montreal Fringe Festival's live talk show the 13th Hour. Their latest show mines the dreamy sub-conscious mind for comic gold, and if it's anything like its predecessors it's going to be intelligent, experimental, and hilarious. One night only.
Second City Mainstage, 99 Blue Jays Way, $10, 10 pm

BOOKS AND LIT | The Rainbow Connection: Richard Hunt, Gay Muppeteer
The voice behind many of the most popular Muppet characters was a man named Richard Hunt, a talented New York puppeteer who was openly gay at a time when being out carried a much larger burden than today. Known for his versatile voice, Hunt died of AIDS-related complications in 1992 at the age of 40, causing several of the Muppets' most beloved characters to disappear temporarily from the airwaves. His life has been chronicled in a zine that will soon be published in book form called The Rainbow Connection, written by Toronto journalist and poet Jessica Max Stein. Tonight she presents her work in a multimedia presentation that includes over an hour of clips of everyone's favourite talking pieces of felt.
Toronto Zine Library at the Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue, PWYC, 7 pm

FILM | The Toronto Film Society's From Stage to Screen
Since 1948, the Toronto Film Society has been nourishing the city's movie buffs with a steady diet of classic, rare, and obscure pictures from the 1930s to the 1960s. Tonight the society launches its 63rd season, which will run weekly for the next two months, with a double bill of two black and white screen adaptations of famous plays; 1929's high society crime drama The Last of Mrs. Cheyney and 1936's Craig's Wife, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George Kelly about an evil homemaker. Great for fans of square-jawed men and leading ladies prone to fainting.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, 7:30 pm, $15 single screening, $80 for series of 7 Monday night double bill

COMMUNITY | The Future of Front Street
With Union Station beginning a massive four-year long renovation project this year, there are big changes coming to Front Street. Today the city is holding its first public presentation on plans to redesign the street, a project they've given the very sexy title of "the Preliminary Preferred Alternative." Ideas at this point include creating a grand civic plaza opposite Union Station, improving intersections, and widening sidewalks. This afternoon members of the project team will be speaking to the public and asking for input from the Torontonians who will use the space.
Union Station, Main Floor, 65 Front Street, Free, 3 pm - 7 pm

PARTY | The Lion's Den at the Ossington
How many times have you been at a bitchin' party when it suddenly strikes you: the only thing this jam needs is some corn soup! Finally, the Lion's Den has answered the call. The Ossington's new Monday night reggae party will be serving up the best in laid back Carribean tunes, bar shot specials and guest DJs and washing it all down with, that's right, a hearty bowl of corn soup. Presented in partnership with Canadian Reggae World, the night aims to be a new rallying point in the West End for the city's reggae community. DJ Juiceman Jonathan Shaw mans the controls.
The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue, Free, 10 pm

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