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Radar: Royal Bangs, Vintage, Blackjack, Lost Myths and Other Fantasies, Jacob McArthur Mooney's "Folk," Short & Sweet, Geoff Hendry and Associates

MUSIC | Royal Bangs @ The Drake
Royal Bangs is another great discovery by The Black Keys! They hit town tonight, and will deliver their raw melodic rock energy at The Drake. This Knoxville, Tennessee trio has been given many pats on the back from the British music press, has done all of the big fests (including twice at Bonnaroo, plus Lollapalooza), and has made an appearance on Letterman. This is a great opportunity to catch them in an intimate venue.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $15

CLUBS | Vintage
These cats like to kick it Old School! DJ Fase, who hosts two brilliant radio shows on CIUT, is known for his wicked playlists, and DJ Nana will be in the house, too. With an all-vinyl policy, and awesome taste in classic tracks, this is sure to be a great night of music! Check it out, and support the "Love Movement."
The Crawford (718 College Street West) 10PM FREE

LITERATURE | Blackjack, Lost Myths and Other Fantasies
This is not your "run of the mill" literary launch party... There will be an audience vs authors game of blackjack to celebrate the launch of four ChiZine titles: Gemma Files' "A Rope of Thorns", Claude Lalumière's, "The Door to Lost Pages", Brent Hayward's "The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter", and David Nickle's "Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism". Another highlight (no pun intended) will be Claude Lalumière's reading, accompanied by visuals courtesy of Rupert Bottenberg, and music by DJ Komodo.
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM $5 (free w/book purchase)

LITERATURE | Jacob McArthur Mooney's "Folk"
Tonight Mooney launches his latest work, a poetry collection, entitled "Folk". Mooney's 2008 title, "The New Layman's Almanac", also published by McClelland & Stewart, Ltd., was dedicated to the Wikimedia Foundation, interestingly enough. His latest work, "Folk" deals with two worlds: the 'urban' and the 'rural', and uses the crash of Swissair Flight 111 as a launching point for exploring various facets of the human condition.
Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Avenue) 7PM FREE


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