U.S. Girls

Radar: Psychic Ills, Ben McNally Travellers Series, Period, Nerd Off, It's Music, Pivot Readings

Toronto events on March 13th, 2013

MUSIC | Psychic Ills with / U.S. Girls and Tess Parks & The Good People
Things are going to get pretty psychedelic at Parts & Labour tonight, with New York's Psychic Ills hitting town. Psych rock is back in full force, in case you missed the memo, although one could argue that it never left. The Psychic Ills' latest album, One Track Mind just dropped last month, and they're making their way on the road, spreading the good word. U.S. Girls, an esoteric vintage soul-inspired group occupies the middle spot on the bill, and local singer/songwriter Tess Parks, who has a penchant for brooding, dark psych nuggets, gets the ball rolling with her band, The Good People. Should be freaky-good!
Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) 9PM $

BOOKS & LIT | Ben McNally Travellers Series
Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents this special annual International Festival Of Authors event, hosted by Ben McNally, proprietor of TO's own Ben McNally Books. Tonight will bring together several authors who will share some travel stories with you. MacDowell fellowship recipient, Matthew Goodman, will read from Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, a historical novel set in the Victorian era. West Coast author and poet Jay Ruzesky will share some of his book, In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage, and former CBC Bookie Award winner, Iain Reid, will surprise you with his novel The Truth About Luck: What I Learned on My Road Trip with Grandma, which is almost a 'non-travel' book about a young man's "staycation" with his 92-year old grandmother.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 7:30PM $10

ART | Group Exhibition: Period.
Tonight, a group exhibition of female artists opens at The Gladstone Hotel, entitled Period. This show highlights works from these artists that were created at a particular time: the end of one cycle in their creative development and the beginning of another. The creators whose works will be on display include: Anita Bir, Lydia Boudreau, Emily Cadgar, Frances Cordero de Bola単os, Ebony Jansen, Tanya Masson, Kristen Parry, and others. This show is free and open to the public, and will culminate with a closing party on March 18th.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 6PM

COMEDY | Nerd Off (Part of the Toronto Sketch Fest's $5 Series)
Tonight at Comedy Bar, as part of Sketchfest, a "Nerd Cagematch" you won't want to miss! Seven sketch troupes will compete for the Stan Lee Cup. Maybe someone should tell these guys that tree's more than one definition of the word "comic"? There will also be prizes for the audience from TO's fave comic store, The Silver Snail. The troupes competing tonight are: Uncalled For, The Short Form Richards, Codpiece, Fratwurst, Ned & Dave, The Ladies, and Chris Wilson & Associates LLP. Erin Rodgers hosts this event that should deliver some good laughs.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 7PM $5

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