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Radar: 50th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival, Corazon de Mexico, Honda Indy, Ambiguous at Fringe 2011

ART | 50th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada is celebrating its 50th year of introducing Torontonians to undiscovered artists and art students while displaying the fine artworks of established artists. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition opens this morning and will continue throughout the weekend in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square. Artists will be selling their artwork to visitors as scheduled events occur, such as the Art Talks speaker series, Art Walks tours throughout the exhibition and Art Now performances and installations. For lovers of art and those who are just curious, TOAE is a fantastic place to spend a day within the art community, discovering and meeting up-and-coming and well-known local artists.
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) 10:30AM Free

FILM | BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival
Toronto's only film festival to focus on social justice through body image and body identity returns this year and begins tonight with 4 screenings and an opening reception party at the National Film Board. Beginning at 1PM with Dena Ashbaugh's 2009 Canadian production No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure, which examines the healing of three eating disorder sufferers, screenings continue all day with a break for the reception at 6PM. The opening night feature film, Katrin Bowen's Amazon Falls, about an aging B-list actress who watches as Hollywood begins to forget her, will play at 8PM. The opening screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and Trey Anthony about women, image and film. BITE ME! Body Image Film & Arts Festival closes Sunday evening with Mamamess' Say My Name, a documentary about the video girl in the hip hop and R&B world.
National Film Board (150 John Street) 1PM $20 adult, $15 student/senior

CULTURE | Corazón de México
A celebration of modern Mexico, Corazón de México brings old and new traditions to the Harbourfront Centre beginning today. The festival, whose name means the heart of Mexico, offers a whole culture of music, food and theatre to Toronto, with an endless schedule of unique events for each day. Beginning at 5PM tonight, the festival will open with an exhibit of papier-mâché sculptures by Mexico's famous artist family, the Linares. Performances by Latin music makers Sugar Heat and Celso Piña will follow and once the sun sets, Santo contra Blue Demon en la Atlántida (Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis), a 1970 Mexican wrestling film directed by Julián Soler, will begin. Traditional puppet performances will take place over the course of the weekend along with more bands. The biggest attraction, Mexican heritage cuisine, will be available for tasting at the World Café and in the International Marketplace.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 5PM Free

SPORTS | Honda Indy Toronto
The Indy returns to Toronto this weekend and kicks off today with Free Friday events, meaning all grandstands and paddocks will be open to the public for one day only. Without the hefty price tag that usually comes along with an Indy ticket, everyone can enjoy the day's events, including behind the scenes access to the IZOD IndyCar Series Paddock, Ferrari and NASCAR practices and qualifying races as well as the IZOD IndyCar Series Autograph Session. For those not interested in motor sports, the festival offers concerts, food stands, exhibits and activities for all ages and interests.
Exhibition Place (200 Princes' Boulevard) 8AM Free

THEATRE | Ambiguous at Fringe 2011
The Fringe Festival hits the Annex Theatre tonight with Aaron Rothermund's Ambiguous, the story about a writer's struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. Gabriel is a writer looking to create the perfect story with the help of his friend, Wigworm the earwig. Together, the two create Kyle, the lead character of the story who, as his adventures progress, reveals himself to be gay. Through Kyle's story, Gabriel battles his own realizations while Kyle avoids women and the two fight their problems in their own worlds while shaping the life of the other. Topics of self-hatred, homophobia and ambiguous sexuality fill this play, which stars Adam Barrett, Geoff Stevens and Greg Willmot. Ambiguous runs until July 17th.
The Annex Theatre (736 Bathurst Street) 7PM $10 at the door


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