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Radar: Agent Orange, Susan Sontag's Promised Lands, FHP Launch Party, SummerWorks Festival

MUSIC | Agent Orange at Rockpile
California punk rock outfit Agent Orange descends upon TO tonight! These guys are from the wave of West Coast punk that saw bands like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, and others come upon the scene. Agent Orange hail originally from Orange County, and blend surf influences into their very aggressive sound, which unlike some of their contemporaries, always maintained a strong melodic direction while still holding raw punk energy high on their list of priorities (could be an OC thing). Some great supporting acts on this bill include Rehab For Quitters, Aurora Snow, Luke Walter, and Indigo Plateau.
The Rockpile (5555 Dundas Street West) 7PM $10

FILM | EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS #42 Susan Sontag's Promised Lands
Early Monthly Segments, a regular series that screens vintage and contemporary experimental and underground 16mm films, returns this month with Susan Sontag's Promised Lands. Sontag was a writer and academic who made several films during her lengthy career. This 1974 film was her only documentary, and depicts the "mental landscape" of Israel's Yom Kippur War. Controversial at the time of its release, it's likely to generate much to talk about during the post-screening discussion.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 8PM pwyc ($5- $10 suggested)

BOOKS & LIT | FHP Launch Party: Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait
Tonight Katie Jordon launches her first chapbook, Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait with Frog Hollow Press, a publisher of Canadian poetry and prose, based out of Victoria. Jordon explores many themes and possibilities in this work, channeling inspiration from Gustav Klimt, her dying father's journals, and other sources. Additional readers sharing their work at tonight's event include Claire Caldwell, Andrew MacDonald, and Sarah Pinder.
The Peacok (365 King Street Downstairs) 7:30PM


THEATRE | SummerWorks Festival
Every year the SummerWorks Festival seems to swell larger with the most talented of the city's artists. This year features, without a doubt, the strongest theatre lineup in the festival's history. And with government funding reinstated, SummerWorks is on-track for a banner year of diverse and engaging performance in all shapes and sizes. You need only flip through the programme to see that there's an overwhelming amount of must-see material. Check out our Festival preview to plan your viewing schedule.


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