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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival kicks off tonight at the Toronto Reference Library. Detail from their poster, an illustration by Daniel Clowes, courtesy of TCAF.
BOOKS: Watch out, Iron Man—Daniel Clowes kicks off the 2010 Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the Toronto Reference Library tonight. Clowes’ new graphic novel Wilson, about a middle-aged loner who sets out to find his ex-wife and daughter, is being released via special presentation, followed by a signing after the show. The final block of tickets is first come, first served at 11 a.m.—half online and half distributed at The Beguiling. But only bring your most hardcore friend; tickets are limited to two per person, nerds. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE (tickets required).
TALK: Are skinny jeans for every bod? Is the boyfriend blazer back to stay? Are Michelle Obama’s naked arms work-appropriate? Get the scoop from the sources: Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan from the Washington Post chats with Jeanne Beker at Hot Docs’ Critical Mass—Toronto’s new speaker series—about the latest trends fuelling the fashion industry both here and internationally. Givhen looks at fashion through politics and social anthropology and was awarded the Eugenia Sheppard award for journalism—a fine match for our Fashion Television queen. University of Toronto’s Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: Toronto pianist Robert Scott joins percussionist Great Bob Scott and bassist Chris Gartner to make The Robert Scott Trio. They’re hosting an elite jazz jam at Novotel on The Esplanade tonight at 9 p.m.—the party’s open to non-musicians, provided you get there early enough to score a seat. The trio takes requests of all genres from the audience and is rarely stumped. Don’t believe us? Catch him rockin’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” here. Novotel (45 The Esplanade), 9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Hot Docs continues today, and so does Torontoist’s coverage of it. Get more Hot Docs right here.