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Radar: Nuit Blanche 2011, 5 Weeks For Miles, Post-Rock Exhibition, Sleep Furiously, Asha Bhosle & Niladri Kumar, Hot Docs Neighbourhood Watch, Comedy Night in Canada, Gryphon Trio + Patricia O'Callaghan

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

ART | Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011
Tonight marks the 6th Annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche here in TO. Prepare yourself for parts of your beloved city to be transformed into an urban landscape of art installations, sculptures, and more. The city is divided into three zones, each with their own theme, plus there's a "Nuit Talks" zone, and the "centerpiece," a special collaborative installation by Usman Haque and Natalie Jeremijenko, entitled "Flightpath" at City Hall. Check the event link to find out more, and plan your arty all nighter!
Various TO locations 6:59pm to Sunrise FREE

MUSIC | Post Rock Exhibition
An "unofficial" Nuit Blanche event tonight at the Elmo! Many different talents will be in the house this evening. There will be local artists displaying their work, including David McKenzie, Nadim Zaidi, and Marilyn DiSumma. An art installation is promised, as well as bands of the "post rock" variety, providing a cool soundtrack to your evening. Cailean Lewis, Galaxies In The River, Pullface, Metsu, Snake And Crane, and Brent Jackson (of The Junction) will be ready to post-rock your world.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) 8PM PWYC

FILM | Sleep Furiously
"Sleep Furiously" is a 2008 documentary by film maker Gideon Koppel. The Welsh village of Trefeurig is where this film takes place, and it was filmed over the span of 12 months, as the normal day-to-day events unfolded. The pace of life in this small farming community is slow, but the camera takes in all of the happenings without prejudice, and shows life in a community that is undergoing change, with school closures, and a generational shift. The director grew up in this place, and his family escaped Nazi Germany by relocating there. This a film with subtlety and complexity that will engage anyone who gives it a chance.
Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East) 7PM

MUSIC | Five Weeks For Miles
It's dangerous to use the term "icon" too loosely, but with a musician like Miles Davis, who in his day expanded and redefined both the vocabulary of jazz and its audience, and continued to do so for decades - it's a fitting term. Brownman Ali is a well-known TO trumpet player and interpreter of the music of Miles Davis, so it's perfect that he should helm a 5-week tribute to the master at The Trane Studio. Tonight is the first week of the series: "Young Miles - The Bird Years," celebrating Davis' early years in the world of be-bop, as a sideman of Charlie Parker's, one of the guys who invented this music. Brownman has handpicked a great band for this musical tribute: Brownman himself on trumpet, Nick Morgan on alto sax, pianist Gary Williamson, bassist Brendan Davis, and Bob McLaren on the drumkit. This will be a great evening of music for both long time fans of Miles, and those looking to dig deeper.
The Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street) 8PM $20 / $60 for all 5 weeks

OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND

MUSIC | Asha Bhosle & Niladri Kumar
Asha Bhosle is one of the greatest voices in the history of Bollywood. Known as a "playback singer" (since her voice was often pre-recorded with music, and was later lip-synched by various actresses), her vocal talents have graced the soundtracks of countless films, and her rivalry with her sister Lata Mangeshkar is legendary. Tonight she will be performing both Bollywood material and ghazals with Niladri Kumar, a modern sitar player, who has studied with the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar and worked in ensembles with Zakir Hussein. He comes from an Indian Classical musical background (as does Bhosle) but has embraced fusion to the point of having invented his own instrument - the zitar - a guitar/sitar hybrid. This concert is part of the ongoing Small World Music Festival.
Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Stree West) 7PM $45

FILM | Hot Docs Neighbourhood Watch: Roncesvalles (The Revue)
Hot Docs is doing some free screening at select TO theatres as part of Culture Days 2011. This afternoon's film at the Revue Cinema is "At Night They Dance", a Canadian documentary by Isabelle Lavigne and StĂŠphane Thibault. This award-winning film takes the viewer into the dangerous and tumultuous world of belly-dancing in Cairo after-dark. This ancient type of dance is one centered around sensuality and physical dexterity, and maybe a dying artform.
Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue) 4PM FREE (limited tickets)

COMEDY | Comedy Night in Canada
This event is part of the Canadian Walk Of Fame Festival, which began on Thursday, and ends today, celebrating excellence in Canadian culture: film, TV, sports, literature - the whole gamut. Comedy Night in Canada goes down at Massey Hall tonight, and will feature some side-splitting performances by Mike MacDonald, Jessica Holmes, Carla Collins, The Doo Wops and Mark DeBonis. Our host this evening is comic rising star Jon Dore.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street) 8PM $39.50 - $59.50

OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR

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