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Radar: Censored, The Loving Trance Opening Reception, A Ladylike Murder, Yelawolf, Art & Struggle Conference Exhibition

Blame it on the weight loss challenge or blame it on graffiti but either way, Rob Ford is certain to have a growing distaste for spuds. Local graffiti artist Spud takes shots at the mayor in the unveiling of his newest exhibit CENSORED, a challenge to Ford's putative art censorship, which opens at Don't Tell Mama Gallery tonight. Hoping to settle the debate once and for all, Spud has set out to craft graffiti that will prove that graffiti is art that can come with a strong message (which, at this show, will be aimed directly at Rob Ford). Support urban artists who specialize in the technical, colourful world of graffiti by checking out this show, which is open until the end of March.
Don't Tell Mama Gallery (108 Ossington Avenue) 7:30PM Free

PHOTOGRAPHY | Reverie: The Loving Trance Opening Reception
Toronto photographer Diana Renelli points her camera inside the windows of Toronto and finds captivating images inside. This is the purpose of Reverie, the artist's first solo exhibit that will host its opening reception at The Rivoli Lounge tonight. Featuring eight photographs by Renelli and the presence of the portrait photographer herself, the show is a hauntingly lovely exploration of what beauty lies beyond windowpanes and the dream-like images that can come from peering into where one shouldn't be looking. The exhibit closes April 29th.
The Rivoli Lounge (334 Queen Street West, 2nd floor) 7PM Free

THEATRE | A Ladylike Murder
Tragedy in the Victorian era is a theme that is often explored in theatre but none is quite as ladylike as Nicole Bazuin's production of the Aviva Philipp-Muller book "A Ladylike Murder." Young Elaine Moore is struggling to find her independence as well as true love in the restrictive times of Queen Victoria's reign but finds herself in conflict with sleazy politicians and meddling townspeople in the process. This original student-written show, presented by The Victoria College Drama Society, combines dark comedy with music in its debut performance, taking place tonight. The show runs for a three-night engagement, closing this Sunday.
Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) 8PM $12 adult, $10 student

MUSIC | Yelawolf
Alabama rapper Yelawolf brings his recently released 2012 EP The Slumdon Bridge to Toronto tonight with a show at the Phoenix. The Shady Records performer and former reality TV star will join A-Game on stage for his first Toronto concert in this all-ages show. Tickets can be purchased at Rotate This, Soundscapes and Play De Record.
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street) 8PM $22

ART | Art & Struggle Conference and Exhibition
Struggle and art are not mutually exclusive as artists Ramiro Chaves, Robert Gerhardt, Faye Mullen, Jason Seeley, and Emily Smit-Dicks can attest. Struggle is a romanticized notion of being an artist and this exhibition explores the impact of this association. The Art & Struggle Conference will feature panels and a keynote address by Kirsty Robinson, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at the University of Western Ontario, highlighting issues of identity, control and resistance that plague artists in their work. The five highlighted artists will exhibit their perspectives on struggle through photograph, video and painting, questioning the truth of struggle in a contemporary vein.
OCAD University (100 McCaul Street, Rooms 190 and 230) 1PM Free


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