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Radar: Super Sketch NXNE, Chiaroscuro Reading Series, Afrofest celebrates 25, Green Something

Toronto events on June 12th, 2013

ART | Super Sketch NXNE at The Norman Felix Gallery
Another awesome event takes place tonight as part of the brand new art component of this year's NXNE fest. This evening at the Norman Felix Gallery, a Super Sketch party goes down, and similar events using this moniker have been happening all over Asia and gaining popularity. Tonight's event will be a multimedia collaboration of sorts, with group of visual artists using overhead projectors to accompany 4 different musical acts. A novel idea, and one originating in San Francisco in the early 1950s, with roots decades earlier in the tradition of projected scenery. Tonight's musical acts are ADC, CelloPhone, Nkrumah and Gal Musette, and they will have a colourful encounter with artists Andrew Foerster, Kristina Falcomer, Andrew Dunn Clarke, Random, Lavinia Ungureanu, Oded Levy, Jonna Pederson, Mandy Martin and Sarah Elminshawi.
Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen Street West) 7PM $15

BOOKS & LIT | Chiaroscuro Reading Series
Chiaroscuro is a forward thinking reading series that you should be aware of, and is taking place both here in TO, as well as Ottawa and Vancouver. It happens on the second Wednesday of each month at Augusta House in Kensington Market, and Chiaroscuro focuses on what they refer to as "speculative fiction," which includes fantasy, sci-fi, horror and other related genres. Tonight's readings will come from short-fiction writer E.L. Chen, novelist Guy Gavriel Kay, "indie culture maker" Jim Munroe, Leon Rooke, and writer/musician Kari Maaren. Tonight's event will be hosted by Chiaroscuro program coordinator, Sandra Kasturi.
The Augusta House (152A Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor) 8PM

MUSIC | Afrofest Celebrates 25 Years w/ NXNE Official Launch & Concert
Tonight, at the Gladstone Hotel, a special taste of Afrofest, as part of NXNE. This is a special launch party and celebration of the festival that will take place on July 6th and 7th at Woodbine Park. The "media launch" starts the evening off at 6:30PM, with announcements of the full lineup for the festival and other deets, and then the concert and party goes down at 8PM, with performances by Njacko Backo, Madagascar Slim, Foly Asiko, Tich Maredza Band, Trinity, and DJ Biggy. This year marks Afrofest's 25th anniversary, so this will be a party to reckon with.
Gladstone Hotel - The Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 6:30 / 8PM $10

FILM | Contact Dance International Film Festival
The Contact Dance International Film Festival begins this evening at Dovercourt House. With support of Bank of Montreal Financial Group, this festival will expose viewers to 14 independently-produced dance films from seven different countries, to be screened over the course of two days. Tonight's films include Contact Baby, a Canadian film about dance and pregnancy; Souvenir of a Summer Jam, the story of two women dancing at Earthdance; Negative Space/Positive Space; Sense 8, a film where contact dance techniques meet film production techniques; Between The Lines; Usual, a Japanese film, and In Touch a German film shot in Goa, India. The second night of the festival takes place tomorrow evening at The Revue Cinema.
Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road) 8:45PM $10

CONTINUING

NXNE 2013

Be sure to check out our NXNE festival preview, top Toronto bands to check out at the fest, and our Yonge-Dundas Square survival guide.

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