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Radar: Underground Rebel Bingo Club, IFOA at the Ex, Eco-Pirate at Open Roof Festival, Home (In)Security Opening Reception, Bright Lights, Big City Opening Reception, An Afternoon at the Movies

PARTY | Underground Rebel Bingo Club
It's not really about bingo, nor is it really altogether that underground, but URBC is the it-event of the night with its silly prizes, once secret location and general intrigue. Started by James Flames and Freddie Fortune a couple years ago, their rebel bingo night has been on tour in the U.S. throughout the summer and tonight is its only Canadian stop. Expect lots of drinking, scensters, and some hysterics when the first person to incorrectly claim that he or she has won hits the stage. "LOSER!" Check the Facebook event page for more info and the location.

LITERATURE | IFOA at the Ex
The International Festival of Authors, which celebrates and showcases Canadian writers, is giving readers a sneak peek of what's to come at the 2011 festival today at the Ex. Maureen Jennings, author of Murdoch Mysteries, will join journalist and author of The Water Rat of Wanchai Ian Hamilton along with 5-time novelist Andrew Pyper on the panel, which is free for all with CNE admission. With these three esteemed authors of contemporary literature, this pre-festival event will be an extension of the Authors at Harbourfront series, focusing on readings from the authors' works, interviews and discussions. IFOA begins October 19th.
Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes' Boulevard) 5:30PM Free with CNE admission

FILM | Open Roof Festival: Eco-Pirate
Paul Watson is Eco-Pirate, a controversial Robin Hood of the planet, who makes it his personal mission to battle the illegal poachers and whale hunters of the world. This 2011 Trish Dolman documentary that follows Watson on his journey plays tonight at the Open Roof Festival, closing out the season. Toronto rock trio The Junction will open the evening with a live performance at 8PM with the film starting at 9PM and, of course, beer and food trucks will be present throughout the evening. This is the last chance to watch an outdoor film against a backdrop of the nighttime Toronto skyline so buy tickets to this show before they sell out (and they will).
Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street) 7:30PM $15

ART | Home (In)Security Opening Reception
The obsession with home and security is what Sylvia Ziemann hopes to highlight with the opening of her exhibit Home (In)Security. Through videos and miniature installations inside tiny homes that tell a narrative about what is happening in the fictional lives that live there, Ziemann will challenge the notion that homes are a safe haven and explore them as prisons and centres of confinement and introversion. The show runs until September 29th.
Gallerywest (1332 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

ART | Bright Lights, Big City Opening Reception
The Colourshift Abstract Arts Collective opens their Bright Lights, Big City exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel's Art Bar this evening with a small soiree to celebrate metropolitan living. An exhibit solely of abstract pieces that highlight the electricity, diversity, buzz and energy of a large city, Bright Lights will feature the works of the 11 Toronto-based artists that make up the collective. The show, which opened yesterday, runs until September 6th.
Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

FILM | September Secrecy: An Afternoon at the Movies
As if we needed another reason to acknowledge that libraries are awesome, the Barbara Frum Library will be hosting free film screenings every other Thursday until the end of the year. September's theme is the veil of secrecy and to kick off this series will be Cary Fukunaga's 2011 adaptation of Charlote BrontÍ's Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Jamie Bell. This classic story about an English governess' relationship with her employer and the secrets he holds fit right into the theme will be screened in the 3rd floor auditorium and is open to the public.
Barbara Frum Library (20 Covington Road) 2PM Free

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