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Radar: upArt 2011, Brazil Film Fest, DEPICT: T.O., Barefoot in the Park, The Art of Tarot, Jason Bajada

ART | upArt Contemporary Art Fair
The collision of nature and culture is the focal point of upArt 2011, the Gladstone Hotel's annual contemporary art fair. Well over five years old, the fair returns today with experimental art that examines the urban landscape and the chaos of nature that exists within. Works by ColourShift Collective, Circuit Gallery, Live Box Gallery and many more will be on display until Sunday, when a Talk and Tour with upArt's curators Laura Berzadi and Britt Welter-Nolan will take place at 2PM.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM $5

FILM | Brazil Film Fest
A film festival dedicated to observing Brazilian culture through a critical lens, the Brazil Film Fest opens this evening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Six features and three documentaries such as Malu on a Bicycle, Rio Sonata: Nana Caymmi and opening film Ó Paí, Ó are scheduled to screen at this small but emerging festival. Native content by filmmakers that know the landscape of their country, the festival is now in its 5th year of providing an eye-opening look into Brazilian society. After the opening film, all subsequent screenings will take place at The Royal (608 College Street).
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 6:30PM $10 general, $8 senior/student

PHOTOGRAPHY | DEPICT: T.O.
Is analog photography dead? Not as far as Lomography Gallery Store is concerned. In collaboration with OTM Webzine, this Queen West shop will play host to an evening of analog images by seven photographers who abandoned digital devices to capture their personal relationships with Toronto on film. Stop by to support young local photographers like Othello Grey, Steph Martyniuk and Gemma Warren, hear the music of House of Young Empires and have a drink. The exhibit will run until November 3rd.
Lomography Gallery Store (536 Queen Street West) 6PM Free

THEATRE | Barefoot in the Park
Opposites attract in Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon's 1963 play about newlyweds Paul and Corie, which opens tonight at The Assembly Hall. Six days into their honeymoon, the young couple realizes that he may be too uptight for her and she too free-spirited for him. When a visit from a strange mother-in-law and a neighbour are thrown into the mix, the chaos in their apartment grows comically. This former Broadway production is offering two-for-one tickets for opening night only. The show closes November 6th.
The Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive) 8PM $20

ART | The Art of Tarot Opening Reception
What was once considered the occult has now become a subject of curiosity and The Art of Tarot exhibit wishes to indulge this interest. The works of 12 artists will explore the practices, history and spirituality of tarot readings at the spiritual wellness centre The Hermit's Lamp throughout the month of November. Opening tonight, the centre's founder Andrew McGregor will be amongst the list of artists exhibited, which also includes Xris Kukiel, Jane Trombley and Renee Dooley. Learn how community can create the future of tarot and the role of the spirit in this ancient game.
The Hermit's Lamp (398 Vaughan Road) 7PM Free

MUSIC | Jason Bajada
Montreal singer-songwriter Jason Bajada, who has toured with everyone from Cœur de pirate to Martha Wainwright, makes his return to Toronto by playing a show at The Cameron House tonight. Performing new songs off his 2011 album The Sound Your Life Makes, the follow-up to his 2009 album Loveshit, a new Bajada has emerged with warmer melodies that mark an obvious departure from the gut-wrenching breakup songs of his former album. The show is free and one of Bajada's few in Toronto before he heads back to play a series of shows in Quebec.
The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 6PM Free

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FILM | Get Animated!
Get Animated! brings you some of Canada's finest (and funniest!) animation. See the Prairies from the crowded back seat of a car, enter the miraculous world of spirits, and be dazzled by a celebration of music and colour. The NFB is bringing the magic of animation to Toronto, with two exclusive screening programs - including one for families. Get Animated! marks World Animation Day with an amazing selection of films: From boldly experimental to flat-out funny, there's something for everyone. Add workshops showing how to make your own animated films and meet-the-director sessions, and you've got a truly irresistible series of events - all absolutely free.
NFB MEDIATHEQUE, 150 John Street (at Richmond Street West), 416-973-3012

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