toronto events january 9

Radar: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hanna Barberic, Toronto WordStage, Quicksand, Superimposition

THEATRE | Hedwig and the Angry Inch
John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's 1998 musical, Hedwig And The Angry Inch gets a new lease on life tonight at The Drake Underground. This musical tells the story of an East German singer's adventures and love life. Musically, the original score is strongly influenced by '70s glam rock and pop, and the 1999 LA production of the show was actually co-produced by David Bowie himself, which is a ringing endorsement of how nicely the creators nailed that aspect of this play. Toronto theatre company has put this production together, with Seth Drabinsky handling the title role.
The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West) 7PM $35 ($25 students/arts workers with ID)

ART | Hanna Barberic
Artist Alex Currie curates this month's new exhibition at Steam Whistle Brewery. Currie is the deft hand behind the beloved mural outside of Lee's Palace on Bloor West, and has put together a show dubbed, Hanna Barberic, featuring work by his contemporaries whom he describes as being "indie outsiders" just like him. Artists Mike Parsons, Menno Krant, Runt, David Irvine, and John Abrams will be featured, and tonight is the opening reception and party. This exhibition runs throughout January.
Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Blvd) 7PM

BOOKS & LIT | Toronto WordStage
Toronto Wordstage returns to Q Space tonight. This monthly reading series takes place on the second Wednesday of every month, and is put together by TO publisher, Quattro Books. This series is open to poetry, prose, and drama and a wide variety of talent is featured regularly. Tonight, Robert Colman, Sarah Beaudin, Jay Millar, and Jeannie M. Pitas will share some of their work, and you will experience a broad spectrum of styles and perspectives. There is no cover charge, but be prepared: a hat is passed around in support of the talent who will be reading for you.
Q Space (382 College Street) 7:30 PWYC

MUSIC | Quicksand @ The Phoenix
Quicksand hit The Phoenix tonight as part of their first tour together in a decade and a half. This band, with a heavy sound that falls somewhere between the post hardcore and alt metal camps, formed in 1990, and imploded for the first time five years later due to the stresses of constant touring. With one previous unsuccessful reunion attempt behind them, they are having another kick at the can, and going on tour. As of yet, there is no word of new recordings or material, but some time on the road together could easily make that happen.
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street) 8PM $29 in advance


Superimposition: Stephen Broomer and Dan Browne
In the Lobby at Thompson Hotel

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