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Radar: Swarf, Surfer Blood, Chiaroscuro Reading Series, Wayward, J Cole + Wale, Salsa for Smiles

Toronto events on October 9th, 2013

ART | Swarf
The Red Head Gallery presents an exhibition of Toronto-based artist Margie Kelk's work. The show's title Swarf is a term for metal shavings, or 'chippings', and this is a reference to the extended period that she spent observing the goings-on in a machine shop. Kelk is a fixture of TO's art scene, is currently the gallery chair for the Red Head Gallery, and a previous board member at Propeller. Swarf has an official reception on the 18th of this month, and runs until the 2nd of November. The Red Head Gallery (115 - 401 Richmond Street West) 12 - 5PM

MUSIC | Surfer Blood, Team Spirit
West Palm Beach alterno-rockers Surfer Blood hit Lee's tonight. This quartet is part of the Warner stable of recording artists, and began their career with Pitchfork support for their first single Swim back in 2009. This led to a handful of important and successful festival appearances, including opening for The Pixies. Their latest release, their first in a few years is titled Pythons. Also on tonight's bill is Team Spirit, from Brooklyn, and Andy Boay from Montreal. Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 9PM $17.50

BOOKS & LIT | Chiaroscuro Reading Series
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series (also known as "ChiSeries") happens tonight at Round Venue in Kensington Market. This monthly event happens on the second Wednesday of every month, and features authors of "speculative fiction": science fiction, mythology, fantasy, magic realism, and related genres. One of the writers who will read this evening is Chadwick Ginther, whose fiction, influenced by Norse mythology, is set on the landscape of Western Canada. Also reading tonight are Chantel Guertin, and Evan Munday. Round Venue (152A Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor) 8PM PWYC

COMEDY | The Bad Dog Theatre presents Wayward
The Bad Dog Theatre Company returns with Wayward, an improvised comedy springboard set at Our Lady of St. Gordon of Levitt Catholic school. Tonight is the final night of this show's five night run, which has been happening every Wednesday since mid-September, with each performance continuing the storyline in a serialized fashion. Some of TO's finest comedic talents make up the cast of this production, including Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Lisa Merchant, plus Janet Van de Graaf, Jen Goodhue, Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne, Theresa Pavlinek, Melody Johnson, and Christy Bruce, along with emerging comedians Ann Pornel, Jocelyn Geddie, and Ashley Comeau. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 9:30PM $12 ($10 students)


Land|slide: Possible Futures
From the creators of Leona Drive, which took over a street of suburban homes in 2009, this sprawling exhibit has transformed the historical village at Markham Museum into a 30+ artist installation. While Markham is about a half hour from downtown Toronto, Land|slide's deeply resonating multitude of visual, sculptural, video, and performance art installations exploring suburban life make it one of the most important art events of the season. A free shuttle bus will run from MOCCA on Saturday Oct. 12. Read our review here. Markham Museum (Markham, Ontario), runs until October 14th. Free

Night of the Living Dead Live
A remake of George A. Romero's classic film, Night of the Living Dead Live places the film onstage and in black and white. Set in 1968, the original zombie film becomes a play with multiple endings performed onstage. The once controversial story is presented with Romero's blessing--he serves as executive producer on the stage performance--and runs up until Halloween. Tickets are available through the Theatre Passe Muraille box office. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), October 5-27, 2013, 7:30PM $23.25-$45

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