FILM: Spiritual dreams, full-blown hallucinations, and alpha-wave highs, all without drugs? Sign us up! Award-winning documentary FLicKeR tells the story of Canadian artist and visionary Brion Gysin’s dream machine: a bright light placed inside a rotating cylinder that matches with the alpha waves in our brains (the results are pretty incredible). Check out the premier tonight, and please don’t try to make your own machine—we don’t want you locked up at home staring at a lightbulb shoved into a toilet paper roll. The Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:15 p.m., $8 for members, $11 for non-members.
MUSIC: We know you have a secret soft spot in your heart for country music, right beside that part of you that actually enjoys David Duchovny’s acting. Check out local guitar-twanger Justin Rutledge with The Warped 45s tonight and prepare to feel that magic tingling near the base of your spine that only a four-part harmony and the rusty wail of a six-string can create. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9:30 p.m., $18 at the door.
CUTE ANIMALS: The Toronto Humane Society has launched its final adopt-a-thon of the year, offering many cute dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, etcetera up for adoption to good, caring homes. Head on down to one of their two locations or check out their website and receive a free wicker bed with every cat adoption (no free gift if you adopt a unicorn, apparently). Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street or 2802 Victoria Park Avenue ), daily 11 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
DISCUSSION: Get smarter faster at the talk20 discussion series. talk20 gathers participants from a wide range of disciplines to watch presentations of 20 slides with each slide being presented for 20 seconds. Based on our preliminary math, that’s about 485.4 seconds per presentation, so you’d better be paying attention. Stick around for the book launch of Fuel, an examination of the politics, science, history, past, present, and future, of energy. Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto (230 College Street), 4:30–7 p.m., FREE.
Photo still from FLicKeR courtesy of Kinosmith Inc..