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Radar: Live Near Bellwoods, Graham Wright and LOOM, Hollywood Art Show, '90s Party, TPFF Launch Party, the Aleph

MUSIC | Live Near Bellwoods: Ruby Coast, Graham Wright and LOOM
Humble Empire, a local twosome who have been documenting musicians performing live in Trinity Bellwoods Park since 2009, present this concert inspired by La Blogotheque. What started as Live In Bellwoods is now the ongoing local performance series Live Near Bellwoods. With performances tonight by solo indie acts such as the ethereal LOOM, folk rock artist Graham Wright (a.k.a. the keyboardist from Tokyo Police Club) and indie rock band Ruby Coast, this lovely little grassroots movement is an amazing opportunity to hear Toronto's indie talent in an intimate performance space.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 9PM $5

ART | Hollywood Art Show
Marcelo Pinero's 'High on Hollywood' and Karey Spady's 'Lost in LA' exhibits join together in this Hollywood themed art show. A storyboard and graphics artist whose signature style of "explosivism" has earned him steady work on Hollywood films, Pinero's works explore the set-ups and lies sold to the media as well as the controversies and glamour of the celebrity lifestyle. Spady's pieces incorporate shattered glass into her acrylic paintings that reveal the California landscape as translated from her own photos. Images of celebrities and Hollywood iconography are prevalent in the provocative and unusual pieces that will remain on display at the Pilot until June 13th.
The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland Street) 9PM Free

Bust out those rad L.A. Gears and bodacious slap bracelets--the '90s are the new '80s. Annex Wreckroom is hosting a '90s-themed party this Friday the 13th in honour of all things awesome from your childhood, including the MuchMusic video dance party your elementary school never had. The night will feature music from '90s alt rock, pop and hip hop artists with dance-offs, '90s movies and '90s giveaway prizes, including a $100 prize for best costume. Musical requests will be taken all night. (Jeremy Jordan, anyone?)
Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst Street) 10PM Free ($5 after 11PM)

FILM | TPFF Launch Party
The 4th Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival returns this October to the city with Palestinian-focused films and panels but the official launch party is happening tonight at The Rivoli. The event will feature a performance by Syrian-American indie hip hop artist Omar Offendum, whose debut album "SyrianamericanA" explores the ties between music and human rights. Also slated to perform is the Egyptian-Canadian rap group Men Seeking Prophets, which consists of spiritually- and politically-conscious rappers and AS-IS. The event will support the TPFF, a non-profit filmfest dedicated to creating awareness of Palestinian Arab culture through the arts.
The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West) 9:30PM $10

THEATRE | The Aleph
A theatrical adaptation of the short story by Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, "The Aleph" premieres on the Toronto stage tonight. First published in 1945, the story surrounds a protagonist and the over-confident poet trying to kill him. Infinity and eternity thematically surround the play as the protagonist attempts revenge on the poet after discovering he possesses the Aleph--an artifact that can reveal the entire universe. Diego Matamoros stars in this Daniel Brooks-directed play that runs until June 18th.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49) 8PM $28.26


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