toronto events may 30

Radar: Augusten Burroughs, "The Royal Journey," Scarborough and 1812, Toronto Erotica Writers and Readers Meetup, Switch Off

BOOKS & LIT | AUTHORS: Augusten Burroughs
Author Augusten Burroughs, best known for his bestselling 2002 memoir Running With Scissors, will share and discuss his latest work, This Is How, as part of the ongoing Authors at Harbourfront series. Burroughs' is a well known author with an intriguing story of his own, having come from a somewhat dysfunctional family environment, and quitting school after the sixth grade. As a result, most of his output as a writer is largely autobiographical. This Is How is a mixed bag of interesting advice that seems to take a humourous jab at the concept of "self help," and offers insight on a wide array of topics ranging from "How to Ride an Elevator," to combatting alcoholism, and much more. Bert Archer will interview the author at tonight's event.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 7:30PM $10/FREE for members, students and youth under 25.

FILM | Free Favourites at Four presents The Royal Journey
This hour-long documentary details the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the US in the Fall of 1951. Various locations and events surrounding this five-week royal visit are covered in this film, including an appearance at the Trenton Air Force Base, a visit to the National War Memorial in Ottawa, some quality time in our very own T.O., and much more. A great way to spend an hour this afternoon, and take in some history.
NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) 4PM

LECTURE | Scarborough and 1812
The Bendale branch of the Toronto Public Library has a special event planned for this evening. "Scarborough and 1812" is a lecture that will find archivist Rick Schofield sharing details and stories relating to the impact that this great war had on the region of Scarborough and the area's residents. Schofield will be representing the Scarborough Archives for this special event presented in conjunction with Heritage Toronto.
Bendale Public Library (1515 Danforth Road) 7PM

COMEDY | SWITCH OFF
"Switch Off" is a serious evening of laughs that goes down tonight at The Comedy Bar on Bloor Street. Standup definitely has its strengths, but nothing can compete with a group effort, and that's what "Switch Off" is all about! Three seasoned comedy troupes will compete for your vote: The Whiskey Dicks, The Ladies Of The Sketchersons, and Vest Of Friends, and things could get a little bit crazy. Touch My Stereotype hosts this event.
The Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 9PM $5

OTHER EVENTS ON OUR RADAR

Toronto Erotica Writers and Readers Meetup May 2012
Allison Brown, Will Gillespie & Myke Mazzei Song Swap

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