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MUSIC: Awesome music promoter NuFunk holds its second annual NuJazz Music Festival this weekend, launching tonight with New York City headliner Nickodemus. The promoter’s love of all things urban jazz, electronica, and big funky brass outfits rings true with the weekend line-up. Joining Nickodemus on stage for the opening party are CIUT DJs Medicineman and Goldfinger, (celebrating their radio shows’ tenth anniversary), and Escalate! Revival Bar (783 College Street), 9 p.m., $15 ($25 festival pass available online).
WORDS: The Steel Bananas collective launches its new publication Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, a sampling from the “post-pomo,” “post-millennial” Canadian lit scene. The launch is hosted by King Frankenstein, with readings and performances from contributors. DJ Ghaleon supplies the aural background. Torontoist will be there too, so look out for our coverage later this week. Trash Palace (89–B Niagara Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Toronto’s aluCine Latin Media Festival turns ten this year, and continues to bring cutting-edge new media to Toronto from Latino communities all around the world. Tonight’s launch at the festival’s installation gallery includes performances by Venezuelan choreographer Victoria Mata and sound artist Edgardo Moreno (with Tim Isherwood). The festival continues until November 28. Lennox Contemporary Gallery (12 Ossington Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $6 ($4 students, $50 festival pass).
ART: It may be a long way to trek for an art lecture, but this one caught our eye, and we know some of you are up at York already. New York cultural theorist Peggy Phelan gives the 2009 Goldfarb Lecture on “Andy Warhol Again: Repetition, Death and Counting.” Phelan asks what Warhol was counting with his multiple prints, and why he may have been so inclined. Those of us who grew up on Sesame Street might have some opinions on that. York University, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, Room 312 (4700 Keele Street), 2:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Canadian playwright Sam Chaiton wrote Noah’s Great Rainbow when he was inspired to bring together what he saw as the related experiences of his Holocaust-surviving parents and his Rwandan genocide–surviving friends. Hart House presents the play as a dramatic reading by actors including Don Francks and Mighty Popo. A special score—an Afro-Klezmer rap written collaboratively by a Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian—was composed as part of the presentation. Hart House, the East Common Room (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., FREE.