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Radar: Alice in Blunderland Preview, I Met A Man Short Doc Screening, Distant Cousins' Holiday Special, TWM's Holiday Food Drive

THEATRE | Alice in Blunderland: The Pantomime
In this musical comedy, the familiar story of Alice in Wonderland is told through pantomime with a few blunders of the political kind along the way. Local published playwright Rosemary Doyle brings her re-envisioning of the Lewis Carroll classic to Leslieville's Red Sandcastle Theatre with a pay-what-you-can preview tonight. The story you may know is twisted to fall within the Toronto psyche, with characters and plot lines taking on recognizable, modern subjects (hint: the Tweedledumb twins are named Rob and Doug). This political play is family friendly with tickets available through the Red Sandcastle box office. Alice in Blunderland officially opens on Boxing Day.
Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East) 7PM PWYC

FILM | I Met A Man in Burma Short Doc Screening
Director Tara Browne explores the revolution and ethnic conflict of Burma through the eyes of Burmese refugee and freedom fighter Ler Wah Lobo in her short documentary I Met A Man in Burma. Screening tonight at The Revue, the film will look at the oldest ongoing conflict in the world through the eyes of Lobo and will be followed by a panel discussion titled "Burma Today." Panelists will include Lobo and the film's director along with Paul Copeland, a founding member for the Canadian Campaign for free Burma, Mr. Aung Tin, an exiled member of the National League for Democracy and owner of Little Burma Grocery Store and Tin Maung Htoo, the executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma. This event is free and open to the public.
The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue) 5PM Free

MUSIC | Distant Cousins' Holiday Special
Distant Cousins is a collective of musicians from across Ontario who know how to put on a good show. Tonight, the group hosts their holiday special show featuring performances by local bands like experimental alt rock performer Wax Mannequin, British indie pop group Fitness Club Fiasco and rising folk pop act Martha Meredith. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Africa Community Technical Service projects in rural Africa.
The Piston (937 Bloor Street) 8:30PM $10

CHARITY | TWM's Holiday Food Drive
Who says quantity is a bad thing? The TWM Holiday Food Drive event presents a long list of the best local acts who will be performing short sets all in the name of charity. Acts like Nerdz with Guitars, Leah Erbe of Smugshot, Rob Johannes of Paint, Vanessa Vakharia and David Kochberg of Goodnight Sunrise will take the stage tonight at Rancho Relaxo to collect money and canned goods for local food banks. Drinks will be flowing and a free food spread will be available.
Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street) 8PM $5 or two canned goods

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