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Radar: Gaming and War, The Darcys Release Show, (Un)lawful Access Town Hall, Plaid Tidings, The Last Poets Film Screening

ART | Blown Up: Gaming and War
Three artists from three different positions of war bring works that examine the relationship of video games with war. In The Night of Bush Capturing: A Virtual Jihadi, Wafaa Bilal has modified a video game that has been the subject of ideological influence in the U.S. and with members of Al Qaeda while Harun Farocki's Serious Games I: Watson is Down observes how the U.S. military uses war games to train soldiers. Vicky Moufawad-Paul curated exhibit attempts to show how geographical location influences one's relationship with violence, war and video games that utilize these subjects. Blown Up will remain on display until December 17th.
InterAccess (9 Ossington Avenue) 7PM Free

MUSIC | The Darcys Release Show
Arts & Crafts latest indie band The Darcys celebrate the release of their self-titled debut this evening with a show at The Horseshoe Tavern. The art rock post-soul four-piece band are Toronto locals who are quickly moving up on the music scene, with their EP being produced by The Dears' Murray Lightburn. The album is available on the band's website but here's the fun part: Free tickets have been stuffed into The Darcys records at Soundscapes, Rotate This, Kops and Sonic Boom so if you buy a hard copy, you may get to see a free show.
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 9PM $8

POLITICS | (Un)lawful Access Townhall
Davenport MP Andrew Cash will host a town hall this evening to discuss online privacy rights with the Toronto community. The discussion will target the Lawful Access bill proposed by the Conservative government, which allows police access to personal Internet and cell phone records without a warrant. Guest speakers will include Ron Deibert of Citizen Lab/Canada Centre, Steve Anderson from, MP Charlie Angus and Jesse Hirsh, President of If you're interested in fighting this bill, check out the meeting or sign the petition at
99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street) 7PM Free

ARTS & CRAFTS | Plaid Tidings
Plaid Tidings, the annual three-day craft show, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an opening night soirĂŠe. The show will feature over 50 Canadian vendors, who will be selling everything from jewellery and art to clothing and baked goods and this evening's opening party will include complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres as well as a silent auction. The sale will continue until Sunday, with $10 general admission prices.
Branksome Hall (10 Elm Avenue) 5:30PM $45 advance, $50 at the door

FILM | The Last Poets/made in ameriKKKa
The Last Poets/made in AmeriKKKa is a film about a poetry collective that gathered in 1968 Harlem, using spoken word and a jazz funk influence, to speak out about their experiences living in New York's ghetto. Reunited for a one-time concert in Paris at the 2008 Banlieues Bleues Festival, The Last Poets' performance was recorded and combined with interviews to make a musical documentary that depicts life in America in the late 60s. A discussion of political unrest by the influencers of modern day hip-hop and rap, the film is presented by 4th annual Nujazz Festival. The screening will also feature live performances by Ian Kamau and Spek Won.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 8PM $10


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