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Radar: The Book Revue, Biz Markie, Meet a UFC Star, Aerosmith, When A Stranger Calls a Friend a Friend

FILM | The Book Revue - A Single Man
Everyone knows it's pretty hard to adapt a novel to a film. A film adaptation will almost never satisfy a hardcore fan of a book, because it's almost impossible to keep everything in. One arguably great adaptation is Tom Ford's A Single Man, which gained an Academy Award nominations this year for Best Actor. The Revue Cinema is showing it as part of their monthly Book Revue series, where the movie is followed by a discussion about cinematic adaptation lead by Geoff Pevere. Even if you haven't read the book, you can still go - you just might find yourself buying a tacky version of it later at Chapters with the movie's poster as the cover of the book.
The Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, $13, 7pm

MUSIC | Biz Markie at Sound Academy
Any hardcore Biz Markie fan will tell you that his recordings don't do justice to his lives shows. Everyone says that about their favourite bands but in this case, they might be right. He's known of his true talent as a freestyle rhymer which is always guaranteed to come out at his live shows. He's also known for not taking himself too seriously and often goofy lyrics - which you don't hear much of in hip-hop but is desperately needed. Former Roots member, Scratch opens, while he probably spends his whole set mulling over his poor decision to leave the Roots before they became the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Sound Academy, 11 Polson St, $10, 8pm

BOOKS | Meet UFC Star Forrest Griffin
I bet you're thinking the same thing I'm thinking, a UFC star can't read a book let alone write one. Well guess what, one has. Forrest Griffin (real name?) has a book out called Be Ready When The Shit Goes Down and he'll be at the Indigo in the Eaton Centre to sign copies. I wonder if he'll be wearing a shirt? Do you think there will be security, or can he handle it himself? Will his ear randomly start bleeding half way through the meet and greet? What's 5+5? To be clear I wouldn't ask him any of these questions to his face out of fear of him hanging me from the ceiling and using me as a punching bag.
Indigo, 220 Yonge St, 7pm

MUSIC | Aerosmith at the ACC
Yes, Aerosmith are still together. No, they don't have a new album, but would you want to hear that anyway? The only reason to still go see Aerosmith is to hear them play the classics that rock radio has already driven into the ground. But it should still be good live, with ticket prices ranging from $76.50 to $216.50 a ticket it better be! Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Haggar opens. That's kind of sad, right?
Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St, $76.50-$216.50, 7:30pm

ART | When a Stranger Calls a Friend a Friend
Methinks presents a When a Stranger Calls a Friend a Friend, an exhibition made up of drawings and illustrations from 30 artists from around the world. Each pieces of work documents a narrative, rumour, joke or myth they've experienced. It really sounds more like something you should see, than be reading about here. If you can't make it out tonight, no sweat. The exhibition runs until the end of the month so you have plenty of time, but if you want to be one of the first people to see it - you'll have to be there tonight.
Project 165, 165 Augusta Ave, 12-4pm

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