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Radar: Dixie Evans Week, Dwarves, Artscape Street Party, Chrysalis Zine Issue 4 Launch, Kinnie Starr

Toronto events on August 28th, 2013

CULTURE | Exotic Elegance: Dixie Evans Week
Did you know it was Dixie Evans Week? Well... it is. Dixie is known as the "Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque", and the new burlesque movement holds her legacy dear. Tonight at the Gladstone Hotel, Dolly Berlin presents a celebration of this important figure, and "sensuality" in general! There will be an extravagant lineup of performers who are versed in classic burlesque, but add a modern edge to the proceedings. Performers tonight include Coco Framboise, El Toro, Tanya Cheex, and many others. Tonight's hosts are Darryl Scorpio and The Wolfman. Shake it, but don't break it, folks!
Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar (1214 Queen West) 7:30PM $15 (general admission)

MUSIC | Dwarves, The Queers, Atom Age + Brutal Youth @ Horseshoe
Dwarves are back! Yes, the return was indeed heralded with the release of their 2011 album, The Dwarves Are Born Again, which found this '80s Chicago garage/punk outfit returning to their roots, but it bears repeating, because tonight TO will get a dose of the unbridled energy and potential chaos this band brings with them. The band was notorious for onstage antics that were seen by some as extremely crude, offensive, and just plain dangerous. Those days are said to be gone, but you never know - proceed to this show with caution! Also on the bill are The Queers, from Atlanta, Oakland CA's Atom Age, and local noisemakers, Brutal Youth.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 8:30PM $15.50

ART | Southeast Asia, Figuratively Speaking
Southeast Asia, Figuratively Speaking, an exhibition of eleven South Asian artists, opens today at The East Gallery. This show's central theme is the exploration of the human figure, and there are many different approaches to this theme among the eleven artists presented. Some look inward to their own anatomy, some backward to their past, some take a global or political approach. Contributing artists include Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Hour Seyha, Pen Robit, Heng Ravuth, Oeur Sokuntevy, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Ha Tri Hieu, Lim Khim Katy, Yan Naing Tun, Ngo Van Sac, and Vu Thu Hien. The regions represented in this group show are Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. Southeast Asia, Figuratively Speaking runs until October 6th.
The East Gallery (334 Dundas Street West) 9AM to 11PM

BOOKS & LIT | Chrysalis Zine Issue 4 Launch/Anniversary party
Tonight, Chrysalis launches its fourth issue with a shindig at Tequila Bookworm. Chrysalis is a quarterly publication that features art and literature from a wide spectrum of contributors working in a variety of formats: poetry, prose, photography, visual art, and more. This isn't a regular zine launch party, however - this gathering also celebrates the publication's first birthday, so things could get a little crazy... In addition to artwork by Neal Armstrong on display, and readings by Sarah Varnam and others, there will be an open mic. Be sure to arrive at 8pm if you want to participate onstage.
Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West) 8:30PM $8 (includes Issue 4)

Also Of Note

Kinnie Starr CD release
Artscape Street Party: Circus

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