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Radar: Love Near Bellwoods, "Colour Me" Black History Month Doc Screening, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Long Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll

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MUSIC | Love Near Bellwoods: Valentine's Day Showcase
As if you needed yet another reminder, Humble Empire, the gentlemen who brought you the Live In Bellwoods music series, present a Valentine's Day showcase at OZ Studios appropriately titled Love Near Bellwoods. This love-themed music show will feature performances by Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians along with several other surprise guests. A Valentine card making area will be cordoned off with paper mailboxes for the first 50 people in the door. Bring your own Valentine's Day cards for potential crushes, lovers, friends and the people you just feel bad for.
OZ Studios (134 Ossington Avenue) 9:30PM $7

FILM | Colour Me Black History Month Documentary Screening
Brampton high school teacher Anthony McLean runs a mentorship program for black teens where he challenges his students to abandon stereotypes and expand their ideas of what it means to be black. In this documentary, presented by TIFF in celebration of Black History Month, director Sherien Barsoum examines McLean's own trials with racial identity as he motivates his black students to discover their own. Opening tonight at the Bell Lightbox, the screening includes appearances by the director and McLean.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 6:30PM $12

THEATRE | Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill deeply personal story about his problematic family, haunted by the demons of addiction, grief and isolation, opens on the Soulpepper stage this evening. Long Day's Journey Into Night revolves around two self-involved parents, an alcoholic brother and the depressed author as they cope with life's tragedies and misfortunes. Under the direction of Diana Leblanc, the play stars Evan Buliung, Nancy Palk, Krystin Pellerin, Gregory Prest and Joseph Ziegler and runs until March 31st.
Soulpepper Theatre Company (55 Mill Street, Building 49) 7:30PM $51 adult, $32 student

LITERATURE | Red Rock: The Long Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll
While the history of rock & roll in North America has been well documented, China's experience with the edgier genre of music is not well known. Toronto author and former Beijing resident Jonathan Campbell discusses his comprehensive book on the history of rock & roll in China this afternoon at the Toronto Reference Library. Sharing his experiences as a music promoter, musician and observer, Campbell traces back thirty years of Chinese yaogun — rock & roll — tying it into the political and social milieu of the nation. This discussion is open to the public and free.
Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium (789 Yonge Street) 2PM Free


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