FESTIVAL: The Manifesto Festival of Music and Art is returning for its second year. The festival runs until Sunday and will feature art exhibitions, a street dance competition, a market devoted to the wares of young entrepreneurs, and musical performances from Rascalz and k-os. Tonight’s event is a music showcase at The Mod Club featuring performances by Torontoist fave Shad, and Hey Ocean (722 College Street, 8 p.m., $12). Tomorrow, check out a special edition of Hip Hop Karaoke at Revival (783 College Street, 9:30 p.m., $5–$10) and the Manifesto Film Festival which is happening at the ROM (100 Queens Park), 7 p.m., $10.
WORDS: This evening at David Mirvish Books, join OCAD in association with the Design Research Canada and Riverside Architectural Press for the launch of Mobile Nation, an examination of the emerging industry of mobile device design (cell phones and the like). The anthology features essays from more than fifty international experts, exploring the effect of the mobile industry on culture, architecture, advertising, entertainment, and basically everything else in the world. The book was inspired by last year’s OCAD conference of the same title and was edited by OCAD Faculty of Design professor Martha Ladly and University of Waterloo professor/architect Philip Beesley. David Mirvish Books (596 Markham Street), 5 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Another exciting This Is Not A Reading Series event is on tonight at the Gladstone. Tonight’s evening is titled “C is for Cox and Coyote,” and will feature presentations from queer storytellers Daniel Allen Cox and Ivan Coyote. In celebration of his new novel, Shuck, Cox will be performing a piece called “Unzip 101: The Fine Art of Shucking Your Pants.” Coyote will be discussing her just-released short story collection, The Slow Fix, in conversation with author Lisa Foad. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
BENEFIT: The Women’s Auxiliary of the Baycrest Foundation is holding a fundraiser today called “Body, Brains and Beauty: Getting Healthy, Wealthy, and Wild.” A health and wellness discussion forum for women, the event will feature speeches from newly retired (from TV, anyway) sex educator Sue Johanson, Senior Vice President of TD Waterhouse Canada Patricia Lovett Reid, and nutritionist/best-selling author Joey Shulman. Adath Israel Synagogue (37 Southbourne Avenue in North York), 9:30 a.m., $150–$360.
Photo from last year’s Manifesto Festival from their website.