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Photo from Riverdance by Clark James Mishler, courtesy of Mirvish Productions.
THEATRE: For the next few weeks, internationally renowned Irish dance extravaganza Riverdance will be playing at the Canon Theatre, as part of their North American touring company‘s current farewell tour (insert appropriate Cher or Celine Dion farewell tour joke). Leads include Marty Dowds, Liam Ayres, and Christina Havlin. Riverdance is part of the Mirvish 2008–2009 subscription season, and runs until June 21. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), $20–$99.
PARTY: Tonight at the Fermenting Cellar, join Spacing, ERA Architects Inc., and the Toronto Society of Architects for “Toronto the Good,” a celebration of Toronto. There will be a performance-art installation designed by the Toronto Cyclists Union and Media Lab Toronto, where you get to ride a stationary bike through a series of projected images of the city, sort of like a really anachronistic video game, but artsy. There will also be a collection of Ben McNally Toronto-related books on display, along with the “now-traditional stickering of the Big Map of Toronto.” Local DJs Track Meet will be spinning all evening. The Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill Street, Building 58, Suite 200), 7 p.m., $10 at the door.
WORDS: To celebrate the launch of his latest book, The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbours, Hal Niedzviecki will be at the Gladstone Hotel for this week’s This Is Not A Reading Series. Peep Diaries explores the digital know-all networking phenomenon of the last decade through the author’s own hilarious encounters with Craigslist, reality TV, and video blogging. To help introduce audiences to the culture explored in his book, Niedzviecki will be giving a multimedia presentation this evening with anecdotes about his quest to decipher “peep culture.” Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 (free if you buy the book).
BENEFIT: A reminder that Heterosexuals for Same-Sex Equality are throwing their annual fundraiser tonight at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Straight Ahead Laughs 3 will feature an all-star cast of stand-up comedians, including Video On Trial‘s Debra DiGiovanni, Last Comic Standing‘s Winston Spear, and Levi MacDougall. Hosted by Andrew Johnston. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8–10 p.m., $12.