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Daydreamin’ – A Grant Heaps Remix opens today at MADE.
ART: Lupe Fiasco‘s 2006 song “Daydreamin’” provided the inspiration for Grant Heaps‘s new art installation at MADE, which will hold an opening reception tonight. Heaps—who is currently an assistant wardrobe co-ordinator for the National Ballet of Canada—was inspired by the range of feeling in Fiasco’s song to create the installation, which consists of tens of thousands of 1″ squares of scrap textile strung together to cover an 8′ x 8′ x 8′ space. The result is a ragtag cornucopia of texture and colour encapsulating Heaps’s worldview. The exhibition runs until June 12. MADE (867 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Two of the most respected minds in the world of letters come together tonight, with esteemed German writer Bernhard Schlink being interviewed by esteemed Canadian writer John Ralston Saul. In 1997, Schlink—a former judge and law professor in Germany—rose to literary stardom with his post-Holocaust novel The Reader. In his new essay collection, Guilt About the Past, Schlink returns to this familiar topic, discussing collective national guilt from both personal and legal perspectives, and its impact on various generations. Holy Blossom Temple (1950 Bathurst Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMICS: From Zanta to “Crazy Hand Lady,” the street-dwellers profiled in Jason Kieffer‘s new graphic novel, The Rabble of Downtown Toronto, are familiar faces to most of us. The book profiles forty of Toronto’s most notorious “street characters,” acting as a kind of primer on their appearances and behaviours, and even assigning them nicknames. Kieffer, whose work has appeared in Taddle Creek and Broken Pencil, has come under fire for his caustic—some might say nasty—treatment of a social problem. Tonight, in what promises to be a lively discussion, he will be interviewed about the book by cartoonist Dave Lapp. The Central (603 Markham Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
EARTH DAY: Today is Earth Day, and there are plenty of fun, free events around the city to celebrate our fair planet. Ransack the Universe is holding a book swap from today until Sunday, where visitors are encouraged to bring books they don’t want and take those they do. In addition, WaterCan will host a Walk for Water to Queen’s Park, with the goal of raising awareness and funds to provide clean drinking water to the one in seven people in the world without it. Book Swap: Ransack the Universe (1207 Bloor Street West), today–April 25 noon–7 p.m., FREE; Walk for Water: start at Aveda Institute (125 King Street East), 8:30 a.m., FREE w/donation.