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Radar: West Queen West Meet Your Neighbourhood Party, Toronto Silent Film Festival, META 2012, Education Under Fire

NEIGHBOURHOOD | West Queen West Meet Your Neighbourhood Party
Toronto's historic Great Hall is welcoming its neighbours indoors tonight with a West Queen West neighbourhood party. Local businesses, organizations and residents will come together at Active 18 Association's meet and greet event to drink, dance, eat and socialize as a community. A cocktail hour will open the evening at 7PM and from 9PM until 1AM, Toronto DJ collective Muscle and Heat will spin to get the WQWers moving. Get informed and engage with the community. Welcome to the neighbourhood!
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

THEATRE | The ... Musician. An Étude.
Lighting, gesture, live music and dramaturgy all serve to present the audience with a challenge at each performance of The ... Musician: experience the world without a basic form of communication. Vladimir Korolenko's 1886 Russian novella "The Blind Musician" has been adapted for the stage by Art Babayants to tell the story of the struggles and sacrifices of a musician who is missing out on part of the human experience because of his blindness. Starring Kevin Kashani, Shelley Liebembuk, Didier Morelli and Art Babayants, this touching play based on 19th century literature runs until April 1st at the Robert Gill Theatre.
Robert Gill Theatre (214 College Street) 8PM $10

FILM | Toronto Silent Film Festival
Before there was The Artist, there was Clara Bow, Joan Crawford and Buster Keaton, the stars of silent films past. The Toronto Silent Film Festival opens its 3rd annual showcase tonight with a screening of Our Dancing Daughters, a 1928 silent film about two friends who fall for the same man. Starring Joan Crawford and Johnny Mack Brown, this film was made during the pinnacle of the jazz era and serves as an excellent introduction to silent pictures in Hollywood's golden age. The film will be accompanied by the live music of Andrei Streliaev and Christina Stewart, the media archivist at the CNE, will give a keynote speech about film history.
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue) 8PM $15

ART | META 2012
Artwork that explores the opportunities and uses of new media, from user experience to creative exploration and intervention, is the theme of META 2012, the art exhibit by graduates of Ryerson University's School of Image Arts New Media program. Multi-sensory experiences through gaming, kinetic sculpture, sound art and video installation have been designed by the students in order to challenge the pieces' audience to problem solve and learn. This innovative exhibit opens this evening and will remain open until the 31st with tours available for the public.
Airship 37, Distillery District (37 Parliament Street, Studio 2) 5PM Free

CULTURE | Education Under Fire: A Documentary and Conversation
Amnesty International's documentary about the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education, an independent school in Iran that has been widely persecuted for refusing to recant its belief system, plays tonight for free at U of T's OISE Library. Education Under Fire focuses on a dozen BIHE students and teachers as they recount how far they have gone with their education thanks to the school and their experiences with the many assaults, arrests and torturous conditions imposed on them because of their beliefs. The inspiring 30-minute doc about this school, founded in 1987 by the Baha'í community who are denied access to higher learning because of their religious beliefs, will be followed by a panel discussion with the Director of External Affairs of the Baha'i Community of Canada and a member of the BIHE.
OISE Library (252 Bloor Street West) 6PM Free


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