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Radar: WriteNOW! Festival of New Works 2011, Civil Twilight, Authors at Harbourfront Centre, and Elvis Mondays at the Drake

THEATRE | WriteNOW! Festival of New Works 2011
The importance of encouraging, fostering, and sponsoring new works in any artform is an uber-important investment in the future of that 'art', and Pivotal(arts) does just that with their annual Write NOW! festival. Each fall, a small number of scripts are chosen, often unfinished, or in the early stages of development, and they are workshopped and brought to life in March of the following year. This year's festival begins this evening at Bread & Circus, where you can catch two of the featured plays: "Secretary!" by Jessica Rose, and "Art vs. Love vs. Life" by Jon Nelson.
Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Avenue) 7:30PM $12 for one plays, $20 for two

MUSIC | Civil Twilight
Civil Twilight is a rock trio, originally from Capetown, South Africa, that have moved to LA. Having played together since their teenage years, this tight-knit band has played many of the big fests, and has had songs placed on numerous TV shows, including One Tree Hill, Harper's Island, and more. Their sound has been described as carrying an early U2 influence, while sitting firmly in the alt-rock camp. Tonight they are joined by opening act A Silent Film, from Oxford, England,
El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) 8PM $12.50

LITERATURE | Authors at Harbourfront Centre: Jasper Fforde, Gail Scott, Don Winslow
Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents another amazing opportunity to hear some of today's cutting-edge authors sharing their works with you in person. Gail Scott, who co-founded the journals Spirals and Tessera, and was also shortlisted for a Governor General's Award, will read from her latest work, "The Obituary". The novel takes place in Montreal, and subtly explores how a life can be contained in an obituary, and perhaps, in writing in general. Jasper Fforde, a British author well-known for his quirky style which fuses metafiction, word play, and satire, will read from the latest work in his "Thursday Next" series, "One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing". Rounding out this evening of readings will be Don Winslow, an author whose previous careers included working as a private investigator. He will read from his recently published novel "Satori".
Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre (235 Queen's Quay West) 7:30PM $10 (FREE youth/Students/Members)

MUSIC | Elvis Mondays
Once again, the most steady, reliable, and consistent dose of Rock in Hogtown: Elvis Monday. If only those Boomtown Rats knew - there is a reason to like Mondays, which are usually the darkest of the week.... but never at The Drake Hotel. Just follow the glow of vacuum tubes, red hot and ready to crunch out some distortion. Tonight's featured acts are Mips, David Hustler, Yuka, Old Major, Jilted Lover's Club, and People Of Canada.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street) 9PM FREE


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