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Radar: MothUp, A World of Shorts, Granny Boots, Bikes Rock!!, The Selkie Wife

SPOKEN WORD | MothUP
If you're not familiar with The Moth, it's a live storytelling series featuring true stories told without notes, based out of New York and LA. Then there's branch off events called MothUp's, and one of them is happening tonight in Toronto. The theme of the show is Conviction, tales of "verdicts just and unjust, moments of certainty, wrongheaded opinions and beliefs both false and true." The best part about this series is that anyone can tell a story; you don't need to be a performer. If you have a story you want to tell, you can just show up and tell it. To get a sense of exactly what it's like, take a listen to The Moth's free podcast for a collection of personal and often funny stories.
The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave, Free, 7:30pm

FILM | A World of Shorts presents Small Films, Big Laughs
Short films are the best and here's why: if they're bad, they're over q,uick and if they're good, they leave you very satisfied and wanting more. The genre that works best in short films is comedy because there's usually no extra fat - just the joke and that's it. If this sounds good to you, the NFB Mediatheque is hosting a night of comedy shorts from countries all over the world, like France, Norway and Sweden. There's also lots of homegrown talent on the show, with films by local comedians such as Levi MacDougall, David Dineen-Porter and Adam & Dave.
NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St, $6, 7pm

COMEDY | Granny Boots: Funny Girls
Females tend to be underrepresented in the comedy community. Too often people think of female comedians as those who spew jokes about their ex-husband, or a dress they're trying to fit into. If this is you, then you should check out The Gladstone Melody Bar tonight for a night of comedy with an all-girl lineup that will change your mind immediately. Headlining is Mae Martin, who just spent a year living and performing in England, and is now back to bring you her smart, deadpan observations.
The Gladstone Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St W, Free, 7:30pm

PARTY | Bikes Rock!!
The Bicycle Film Festival is designed to celebrate bikes through any medium other than actually biking, like film, art and music. Tonight officially kicks off the 10th anniversary of the BFF with an opening party at Parts & Labour. Music will be provided by local rockers Soft Copy as well as Gay, Allie Hughes and Olympic Island, but I'm sure there will be lots of time in between bands to talk gears, frames, helmets - you know, shop talk. Make sure to get there early though as it'll likely take you a while to find a place around there to lock your bike up. Also check out their website for a full listing of screenings and exhibits.
Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St W, 10pm

THEATRE | The Selkie Wife
The Fly by Night Theatre Company works towards three goals: to help develop a vibrant arts community in Toronto, to provide young artists a place to develop their craft, and finally to support underprivileged children in Africa by donating to an orphanage in Ghana. Okay, there's nothing bad, or any real joke you can make about any of that - seems pretty good! So come support them by seeing their latest production, The Selkie Wife. It's a contemporary take on an old Celtic myth about a seal who is able to shed it's skin, come to the mainland to mate with a human, then return to the ocean - okay you can make a joke about that...
The Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St W, $20, 8pm

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