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These Are Powers will perform tonight at the And And And (space) for “Art Is Four Ugly People.” Photo by Michael Flack.
MUSIC: If you’re looking for something a little on the experimental side tonight, you might be interested in an event called “Art Is Four Ugly People” hosted by alternative Toronto art promoters Primary Colors Presents. The show brings together exciting electronic musicians, including These Are Powers and Javelin, and promises to be a fun dance party with lots of interesting people to schmooze with. And And And (space) (530 Richmond Street), 9 p.m., $10.
WORDS: It’s your last chance to bone up on your Shakespeare before all of the summer festivals start reminding you of tedious high-school English classes. The Toronto Public Library, in conjunction with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, came up with a little lecture series for the month of March that will highlight four of the bard’s classics. They’ve gone through The Tempest, As You Like It, and The Winter’s Tale, and the last entry is Two Gentlemen of Verona. University of Toronto Professor Alexander Leggatt (author of twelve books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries) will conduct the lecture on what is believed to be one of Shakespeare’s earliest works. Dr. Jane Freeman, member of Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Board of Governors, will host. Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: That’s right, it’s two listings in one! Two current indie darlings are in town tonight, ready to win your fleeting devotion. Vampire Weekend (although not universally loved) came out with a well-received album this year, Contra, a follow-up to their breakout self-titled debut album. They’ll be playing The Sound Academy, while current it-band Beach House will be taking the stage at the Opera House. The sad thing is, both shows appear to be sold out, so beg, borrow, or steal if you must. (Just don’t tell the cops we’re the ones who encouraged you.) The Sound Academy (Vampire Weekend) (11 Polson Street), The Opera House (Beach House) (735 Queen Street East); 8 p.m. (Vampire Weekend), 8:30 p.m. (Beach House); $27.50–$37.50 (Vampire Weekend), $17.50 (Beach House).
WORDS: This month’s edition of the literary series Bent: An Evening of Queer Expressions hits on a subject that should be interesting to many of our fair readers—the press. Tonight’s panel will see members of queer media outlets discussing the current state of print and online media. The Middle Edge writer Andrew Vail will moderate the talk between radio/television personality Shaun Proulx, blogger Andrea Zanin, musician Serafin LaRiviere, social-media expert Justin Stayshyn, astrologist/playwright Jesse Stong, and Xtra Magazine editor Matt Mills. Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.