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Radar: 4 Pounds Screening Party, Literary Death Match, Young Empires, Michael Tully's Septien, Roll With It Book Launch

FILM | Screening Party: 4 Pounds, 52, Masculathon and Fruit Blog
Manopause sufferers unite tonight for this event, where Canadian comedy legend Scott Thompson hosts a series of short films and hilarious live acts that surround men, men and only men. The Levy Brothers, Josh and Robi, present two shorts, including 4 Pounds, the story of a man looking to lose weight and how his loved ones rally together to protect him from the harmful consequences, and 52, the story of a gay man and his incurable fear of aging. The Survivor-esque battle, Masculathon, will take place amongst the biggest and burliest of male competitors to prove their manhood live in front of the Comedy Bar audience.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 8:30PM Pay What You Can

LITERATURE | Literary Death Match, Episode 2
Literary Death Match is a Canadian Idol for bookworms: four emerging authors take the stage to perform passages from their most humorous works in seven minutes or less. Three judges will mock them with commentary and declare a winner to move on to the finals. The Toronto episode of LDM will feature authors Holly Luhning (Quiver), Iain Reid (One Bird's Choice), Brian Francis (The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington) and Nathaniel G. Moore (Wrong Bar) to be judged by Stephen Marche (How Shakespeare Changed Everything), Bianca Spence and NatalieZed. LDM's creator Todd Zuniga will host the evening and drinks will ease the wounded egos afterward.
Gladstone Hotel's North Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM $5 preorder, $8 at the door

MUSIC | Younge Empires + Freedom or Death
Toronto haute rock trio Young Empires has been receiving critical acclaim for a little over a year now and the indie-but-not-for-long group performs at the Drake Underground tonight. The tribal beats from demo songs like Rain of Gold will remind you of the dance parties of the early '90s while fellow performers Freedom or Death will push you back to the '80s with the strong percussions of This Crowded Room and soft, emotive vocals of Virginia Woolf off their debut EP, EGO. With both T.O. bands growing in popularity, this event is likely to sell out so get there early to catch them before they explode on the scene.
Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West) 9PM $12

FILM | Refocus #5: Michael Tully's SEPTIEN
Michael Tully's SEPTIEN was the Official Selection at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, but the writer and director has been quoted saying, "I won't take it personally if the most positive thing you can say about it is, 'What the fuck was that piece of shit?'" Tully's film is the psychotic, hilarious and ultimately confusing story of Cornelius Rawlings, a man who has returned to his family's farm after disappearing for 18 years, to live with his two brothers, one a Satan fetishist and the other a Jesus freak. Spending his days boozing and challenging people to one-on-one games of tennis and basketball, Cornelius' dark secret is questioned when a drifter shows up in their backwoods town. As part of the Refocus series, this evening's screening is completely gratis.
Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue) 9PM Free

LITERATURE | Roll With It Book Launch
Tightrope Books presents the launch of Heather J. Wood's latest novel about a figure skater turned roller derby girl. A literary Whip It, Roll With It is a story about self-discovery and the rejection of convention as the teenage Neddy goes off to university and quits figure skating in favour of the gritty fierce world of derby. This is the second book by the Montreal author and it will be celebrated at Revival tonight with a musical performance by Betty Burke and opening readings by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez and Kathryn Mockler.
Revival (783 College Street) 7PM Free


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