Toronto Roundhouse

Radar: Planet in Focus Film Festival, Burner Magazine Launch, The Castor Cup, 10 1/2 Stories, Indie Week

FILM | Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival Opening Night
PIF 2010 gets underway tonight, once again featuring the best and brightest of environmentally focused cinema. The opening festivities feature a screening of In the Wake of the Flood at the TIFF Lightbox. The Ron Mann-directed film follows Margaret Atwood on her eco-friendly book tour in support of her novel The Year of the Flood. It's the perfect start to what's become a significant film festival, and it sounds like same day tickets are available at the box office. For other screenings and venue information, check out the PIF website.

PARTY | Burner Magazine Official Launch Party
Many would argue it's not the greatest time to launch a print-based magazine, but Burner editors Sarah Miniaci and Leah Stephenson are out to prove that the prophecies of print's demise are premature. Here's what they have to say about their publication: "Burner is a hot new quarterly pop art magazine that takes the boring out of the literary and arts scenes, bringing together original and edgy artists of all shapes and sizes.... Burner is about science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex and everything in between." Find out more at the launch...
Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, $5, 9pm

TABLE HOCKEY | The Castor Cup
Love hockey but don't know how to skate? There's always road or ball hockey, but they don't pair that well with beer. Table hockey, on the other hand, just might be the ticket. The Castor Cup is Parts & Labour's monthly table hockey tournament, where you can make Tom Cochrane happy and play in the "big leagues." Well, sort of.
Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W, Free, 10pm

STORYTELLING | 10 1/2 Stories
Those who think they can spin yarns with the best of them might get a chance to test their mettle tonight, as volunteer audience members will be drawn at random to tell a five minute tale about themselves. The only requirements are that the tale be self-reflective, that it have a beginning, a middle and an end (which I suppose is the organizers way of saying a "plot"), and that it be capped at five minutes. Sounds easy, but I'm sure it's anything but when it comes to actually captivating people.
Terrazza Restaurant, 372 Harbord St., Free, 8-10:30pm

MUSIC | Indie Week
Indie Week gets underway tonight, which depending on your perspective is a great opportunity to check out future Broken Social Scenes (literally and figuratively) or to please Leah McLaren with your "cuteness." Either way, opening night features loads of acts at the Hideout and the Bovine Sex Club, so a couple of them have got catch your ear.
The Hideout, 484 Queen St W., $10, 7pm / Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St W. $5, 9pm

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