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Radar: Steve James on Hoop Dreams, Don't Be Sentimental Opening Reception, Live How You Live Album Release, The Upsetter Screening, Ohbijou In-Store Performance

FILM | Steve James on Hoop Dreams
Filmmaker Steve James will host a free screening of Hoop Dreams, his award-winning 1994 documentary that follows two inner-city African-American men who dream of pursuing careers as NBA players. The film, which won a Peabody and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1995, follows the two young men for five years through the many obstacles of high school and college, including the joys and tragedies that happen along the way. Following the movie, James will participate in a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are limited and being given out on a first-come, first-served basis so rush to the Lightbox while they last.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 11AM Free

ART | Don't Be Sentimental Opening Reception
Emerging Canadian artist Sarah Clifford-Rashotte opens her fourth solo show tonight at the Dundas West LE Gallery. The OCAD and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate will host the opening reception of her show Don't Be Sentimental, which explores female identity and memories. Through photos, drawings and text-based art pieces, Clifford-Rashotte examines the compulsion to romanticize human experience and the negative consequences of such glamourization. The show runs until October 30th.
LE Gallery (1183 Dundas Street West) 7PM Free

MUSIC | Live How You Live Album Release
Hamilton band Live How You Live is releasing their third album Blue Collar Love and to celebrate, the four-piece rock 'n' roll band is performing at Cherry Cola tonight. The band has rose to popularity since their song "One Life" was selected by Yoko Ono as the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, making it the official commemorative song of Lennon's 70th birthday. Known as a band with a positive, peaceful message, their continuing success means this small venue performance and celebration will fill up fast (buses of fans are coming in from Hamilton so get there early)!
Cherry Cola (200 Bathurst Street) 9:30PM Free

FILM | The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry
The journey of Lee "Scratch" Perry begins as a story about a record seller in Jamaica. A mentor to a young Bob Marley, Perry's story continues on to see him become an internationally known music producer, working with acts like Paul McCartney and the Heptones. Often working under the pseudonym The Upsetter, the 2008 documentary film by the same name will play tonight at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Combining music videos, audio clips, photographs, stock footage and an interview with Scratch, the film explores his influence on international reggae music and the frustrating but brilliant character behind the name. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 7:30PM $10

MUSIC | Ohbijou In-Store Performance
If you missed them playing at the Trinity-St. Paul's on the 30th, tonight is your chance to catch a free in-store performance at Soundscapes by upcoming Toronto band Ohbijou. Having recently released their 2011 album Metal Meets, this quirky six-piece indie pop band combines traditional instruments with glockenspiels, mandolins and banjos for an eclectic sound that has been described as having a folk and bluegrass influence. This is one of their few performances in Toronto before they take off on a cross-Canada tour with Snowblink and Julie Doiron so check them out while they're still playing intimate local venues.
Soundscapes (572 College Street) 7PM Free


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