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Radar: Vintage Snob, Dr. Ying-Ying Chang Book Signing, Don't Look Down, Jesse Labelle, Another Lesson in the Fine Art of Survival, Raise It Up For Your Ma Dukes, Extra Fresh by DJ Dan Haid, Carolyn Black Launches "The Odious Child"

Vintage Snob, a speakeasy-style party and fashion show, focuses on vintage and retro fashions that will take attendees back through the popular designs of the decades, emphasizing clothing from the 1940s to the 1990s. Experts will be on-hand to style guests to match the theme of the evening and there will be retro cupcakes, drinks and vintage-inspired gift bags. The evening is hosted by the Queen West boutique LAB Consignment with partnered stores Silver Falls Vintage and Chosen. Appreciation for fashion history and vintage garments is required.
LAB Consignment + Silver Falls + Chosen (15 Ossington Avenue) 7PM $10

LITERATURE | Dr. Ying-Ying Chang Book Reading and Signing
In Dr. Ying-Ying Chang's new book "The Woman Who Could Not Forget," the author explores the legacy of her daughter Iris Chang, the American journalist who wrote "The Rape of Nanking" and awakened the world to the atrocities being committed by the Japanese during World War II. Dr. Ying-Ying Chang is in town this evening to read from her book, which details the tragic tales behind Iris Chang's childhood, journalism career and ultimate suicide. A presentation about Iris' life and a screening of the 2007 film "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking" will accompany the reading and book signing.
Chapters-Indigo Bay & Bloor (55 Bloor Street West) 7PM Free

THEATRE | Don't Look Down
Written and performed by Robin Cleland, this one-man play follows Bill Laird's downward descent after the death of his wife and his self-justification for the horrible things he has done. Directed by Valerie Buhagiar, this play peels away at the inner turmoil of a living monster described as "a tour guide to the pit of Satan." Originally written by Cleland in 1992, this play explores humanity in its darkest moments and the truths held deep within. Don't Look Down runs until June 4th as part of The Canadian Stage Company spring 2011 calendar.
Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) 8PM $25

MUSIC | Jesse Labelle at The Drake Underground
The media has dubbed him the Canadian John Mayer and tonight, the Toronto pop/folk rocker takes the stage at the Drake Underground. Though he sounds more late '90s pop than contemporary folk, Jesse Labelle's solo EP Perfect Accident has been endorsed by MuchMusic and CBC Radio 3, which, along with his good looks, has only helped the career of this former boybander. Presented by Three Strikes, the show is free and will give concertgoers the opportunity to see the performer discovered on Speaker's Corner to judge for themselves.
The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West) 10PM Free

ART | Another Lesson in the Fine Art of Survival
Students of The Study School have teamed with Haitian Artisans to present Another Lesson in the Fine Art of Survival, an art show and sale that features handicrafts from the Caribbean country. The alternative school will be hosting the event along with BRANDAID, an organization designed to help rebuild impoverished countries by selling native art in a global market. Another Lesson in the Fine Art of Survival will see brightly coloured one-of-a-kind pieces made from raw materials on display, including jewelry, housewares, sculptures and toys. The show will give art lovers the opportunity to learn the history of Haitian art and meet artisans to hear their stories while supporting the economic development of the country.
The Study (20 Glebe Road East) 5PM Free


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