Wael Shawky

Radar: Wael Shawky, Trampoline Hall, Empire Of The Sun, Alpine, Elvis Monday, The Reel Palestine

Toronto events on September 9th, 2013

ART | Wael Shawky artist talk
The Art Gallery of York University presents a special artist's talk with Wael Shawky, tonight at The Drake Hotel. The artist will discuss his upcoming exhibition, The Cabaret Crusades, which opens this week at the AGYU. Shawky is a multi-disciplinary Egyptian artist who uses various media, including film and marionettes to explore different historical, political, and cultural issues in the Arab world. The Cabaret Crusades is an intricately constructed video work, inspired by Amin Maalouf's 1983 book, The Crusades through Arab Eyes. AGYU Director Philip Monk will interview and chat with the artist.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 6:30PM

CULTURE | Trampoline Hall
That popular "lecture" series known as Trampoline Hall returns to The Garrison this evening. In case you aren't familiar, this event combines both the intellectual with the comic, as a handful of individuals are carefully chosen to speak before a captive audience on a subject completely outside of their area of expertise. The results can be surprising. Tonight, Bridget Moser will talk about DaVinci's Inquest, Mark Connery will discuss "state legibility," and Chris Berube's topic has not yet been determined by the organizers. Lauren Bride has put together the lineup, and Misha Glouberman will host this evening. This event is well attended, and limited tickets will be available at the door at 6:30PM
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 8PM $6

MUSIC | Empire of the Sun at the Danforth Music Hall
Australian synthpop duo, Empire Of The Sun plays TO tonight at the Danforth Music Hall. This successful collaboration between Luke Steele, of rock outfit The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore of Pnau began when the two were introduced by an A&R man on Steele's label. The result has been several platinum and gold singles and two studio albums. Their latest release, Ice on the Dune came out in June. The opener tonight is another Australian act - Alpine, an "indie pop" band featuring a vocal frontline of Phoebe Baker and Lou James that delivers tightly constructed tunes. A solid "down under" double bill.
The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue) 7PM $30 - 35

MUSIC | Elvis Monday
Tonight, Elvis Monday returns to start the week on the right note. If you're a avid Toronto-based fan of cutting-edge underground Rock, then you certainly already know that this is the city's longest-running showcase of that type of musical fare, boasting an amazing history of hosting early performances by the likes of Peaches, By Divine Right, Beck, and many others. This evening's musical offerings include The Nursery, Broken Bricks, Moves, Rotary Dial, and Coronado. As always, there is no cover, and Elvis never leaves this particular building.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 9PM

Also Of Note

The Reel Palestine: Conversation with Palestinian Filmmakers at TIFF

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Photo of Wael Shawky's The qawwals Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad

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