Radar: Zola Jesus, Art Spin, Bargain Basement VHS Vault, Fake New Years Eve, Hard Times

MUSIC | Zola Jesus
If you thought you grew out of goth music after grade 10, then you obviously haven't heard Zola Jesus. Operatically trained singer Nika Rosa Danilova is bringing her haunting live show to The Garrison. For such a small girl, she has an incredibly powerful voice, which comes backed by dark, pounding beats. Last time she played The Garrison during NXNE her short set was plagued with technical difficulties, so lets hope this one goes a bit smoother.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, $12.50, 9pm

ART | Art Spin
It's a hard fact to accept, but it's going to start getting a lot shittier for biking -- cold handle bars, high winds, wet roads, etc. It's also your last chance to get in one more Art Spin for the season. The ride begins at Trinity Bellwoods Park as usual at 7pm and will end at the Planet Building for an exhibition featuring over 15 artists. You could just meet right at the gallery if you want, but why not get in one more ride.
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Free, 6:30pm

FILM | Bargain Basement VHS Vault
DVD's are great and all and Blu-Ray is fine too, but nothing beats watching your favourite old movies on VHS. The tracking lines, the super old trailers and rewinding at the end may be an annoyance to some people, but it's a great experience. Plus VHS tapes are super cheap now! The Toronto Underground Cinema is showing a mystery flick on VHS tonight. We don't know what it is, but it promises to be one of those gems that got forgotten about in the shuffle to DVD. Sounds promising!
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave, $2, 7pm

PARTY | Fake New Years Eve
The worst part of New Years Eve is that it's on freaking December 31st! It's invariably freezing, which makes waiting for cabs almost unbearable (if they even come), and you're forced to be shut in inside for most of the night. Tonight you can experience everything NYE minus the sub zero temperatures. Double Double Land is having a NYE party with Sex Life. There will be noisemakers plus a ball drop! Why not bring some resolutions too, even though they probably won't stick.
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave, 9pm

THEATRE | Hard Times
Two of Toronto's best indie theatre companies are joining forces. Puppetmongers and The Night Kitchen have teamed up to tackle the Charles Dickens classic Hard Times. Expect a show full of masks and puppets, not your traditional Dickens adaptation -- but that's probably a good thing. Tonight is the opening preview night, so you'll probably get to see all the kinks get worked out. If you're not into that, it runs until October 16th.
Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave, $15-35, 7:30pm

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