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Radar: Kings of Leon, Student Lecture Series with Jonathan Hobin, Inward of Poetry Launch, Parkdale Street Writers Fall Program Launch

MUSIC | Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon resume their 2011 tour tonight with a show at the ACC after a month of cancelled U.S. dates due to lead singer Caleb Followill's vocal problems. America's loss is Canada's gain as Followill is nursed back to health and ready to perform as the Tennessee band continues touring with their most recent album, 2010's Come Around Sundown. The alt rock band that successfully headlined this year's Coachella festival in California will bring along special guests The Sheepdogs to open.
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street) 7:30PM $65-$85

ART | Student Lecture Series with Jonathan Hobin
Photographic artist, art director and production designer Jonathan Hobin will lecture on his work within the Canadian film and television industry as a part of Ryerson's free Student Lecture Series. The Student Lecture Series aims to connect students with artists and creatives for a better understanding of working in the arts. Hobin's credits include Lifetime, Bravo! and CBC, as well as an appearance on CNN regarding his photo essay In the Playroom, which depicts children reenacting events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina with toys. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Ryerson University Victoria Building, Room 501 (284 Victoria Street) 7PM Free

LITERATURE | Inward of Poetry Launch
Inward of Poetry is a compilation of letters that detail the fifty-year friendship of writer William Blissett and poet George Johnston during an era when authors like Northrop Frye ruled the literary scene. These Canadian icons will be honoured in an event hosted by Hugh Anson-Cartwright, the literature and rare book expert, that will also celebrate Blissett's 90th birthday. Presentations by Harvard professor Gordon Teskey and poet Marius Kociejowski will detail the friendship between Blissett and Johnston as well as delve into Blissett's contributions to U of T's English department. Gossip about Canadian literature greats and hear stories of the relationships between them at this evening's book launch.
Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm Street) 5:30PM Free

MUSIC | Fucked Up at the Mod Club
Toronto's best-named band performs their 78-minute 2011 album David Comes To Life tonight at the Mod Club. Fucked Up, the hardcore punk band that won the 2009 Polaris Prize, released their third studio album, a rock opera set to a play, this year. The album's songs tells the story of a man named David in a 1970s war torn town, where his lover dies during a fatal bombing. Joining the band will be special guests C'Mon, Biblical and Actual Water. Tickets will be available at the door but advance purchases are recommended as this show is positioned to sell out.
Mod Club Theatre (722 College Street) 8PM $17


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