toronto events may 17

Radar: Satire after Mordecai Richler, Giovanni Senisi presents AutoExuvium, the Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and Brusque Twins at The Boat

BOOKS & LIT | FUNNY STRANGE: Satire after Mordecai Richler
New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin and comedian/author Seån Cullen host a live discussion about Canada's most provocative novelist tonight at the ROM. Funny Strange will cover the life and times of Trillin's friend and fellow writer Mordecai Richler and his association with satire and comedy. Moderated by Richler's biographer Charles Foran, the evening will be a meeting of funny minds and compelling idea.
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park) 7PM $40

ART | Giovanni Senisi | AutoExuvium
Giovanni Senisi sees the automobile as a shell, protecting those within--its scratches, dents and impact scars serve as a reminder of its damaged relationship with the environment. Opening tonight at Artscape Triangle Gallery, Senisi's AutoExuvium will explore the connection between mechanical beauty and wreckage. The Toronto-based artist and teacher will be on site at the launch of this CONTACT Photography Festival exhibit.
Artscape Triangle Gallery (38 Abell Street) 7PM Free

THEATRE | Autogeddon
Alien visitors observe human behaviours and question whether man or machine is in charge in this 1991 Heathcote Williams play. Pandemic Theatre tackles scifi and themes of modern consumption with the opening of Autogeddon at the Dancemakers Centre in the Distillery District tonight. Live music accompanies Williams' cynical voice in this piece, still relevant 20 years after it was originally written. The performance runs until May 27th.
Dancemakers Centre for Creation (55 Mill Street, Building 58, Studio 313) 8PM $15 advanced, $20 at the door

FILM | Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Film and video for, by and about the LGBTQ community is the grand idea behind the 11-day Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, opening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox today. With over 175 films from filmmakers worldwide, the festival gathers all manner of cinephiles for events beyond screenings, such as artist talks, panels and discussions. The UK-produced, Sally El Hosaini film My Brother The Devil will open the festival tonight, and tickets are available through
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 10AM

MUSIC | Silent Shout: Brusque Twins + No Breakup + Dark Ages + Western Walk
An electro chillwave washes over The Boat tonight with a live show featuring four phenomenal up-and-coming Canadian bands. Montreal's Brusque Twins deliver their first Toronto show, joining locals Dark Ages and Western Walk. After the live show, DJ ARP 2600 will reclaim the stage for a night of dark electro pop tunes--all for the low price of $5. Join in on (the loud) Silent Shout!
The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue) 9PM $5


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