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Radar: Newfoundland Kitchen Party at the Dakota, Justin Rutledge with Jadea Kelly, Billy the Kid Unmasked, Harry Benson, Leon Russell, Miroir Noir

MUSIC | Newfoundland Kitchen Party at the Dakota
Yes, out East, it's not the rec room, or the living room, but the kitchen - that's where the action is! It's where many famous musicians got their first taste of music, the group dynamic of playing in a band, and family support: at these wonderful kitchen jam sessions. That's the vibe that Newfounland's Dardanelles are going for at The Dakota tonight. They will be joined by guitarist Duane Andrews, and Cape Breton fiddler Dwayne C么t茅. This is a special early show - come out for some sounds from the East Coast!
The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue) 7PM $7

FILM | Free Favourites at Four presents Billy the Kid Unmasked!
"Billy The Kid" is a moniker synonymous with the Wild West and cowboy legends. But how much is legend, and how much is fact? Tim Evans' 2004 documentary, "Billy the Kid Unmasked!" re-opens this very cold case, and attempts to answer some of these questions. A central part of this doc is Billy The Kid's death: there are at least three versions of the story going, and Evans' forensic team will deliver the goods!
NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) 4PM FREE

PHOTOGRAPHY | Exhibit: World-Renowned Photojournalist Harry Benson
Photographer Harry Benson's work has made up the visuals to some of the most historic moments of the second half of the Twentieth Century: from the Beatles' first US tour in 1964, to war zones, presidential shots, protests, and much more. Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor gave him some exclusive quality time, and his shots of the 9/11 destruction in NYC have also made history. He has been a prolific contributor to Life Magazine, The New Yorker, and other publications of note. Benson will be at the Liss Gallery in Yorkville today, exhibiting some of his historic work.
Liss Gallery (140 Yorkville Avenue) 6PM FREE RSVP required: 416-787-9872 x21

MUSIC | Leon Russell @ Sound Academy
Not just any musician gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but pianist/songwriter Leon Russell has long been deserving of props like this. A child prodigy, he was playing gigs before he was 10 years old in his native Tusla, Oklahoma. He was a mainstay session player in LA in the 1960s, a member of Phil Spector's gang, and has contributed to some of the greatest recordings in American music history from this era. He's also co-written with many greats, and Elton John has credited him on numerous occasions as being a huge influence, even calling Russell his "idol and mentor." Paul James will open the show tonight.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 8pm $25

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