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Several of the city’s top chefs assemble at the Toronto Zoo for the second annual Seafood for Thought fundraiser. Photo courtesy of the Toronto Zoo.
FOOD: Toronto’s fishiest fundraiser is back with the second annual Seafood for Thought, dedicated to raising money in support of the Toronto Zoo’s Conservation Fund. Some of Toronto’s top chefs and premier wineries will be on hand to create a marine-sampling buffet focusing on sustainability in aquatic cuisine. Hosted in the zoo’s Sharks at Stingray Bay Exhibit by the Food Network’s Roger Mooking, it seems likely that a few furry and feathered friends may be making special appearances at this particular shindig. The Toronto Zoo (861A Old Finch Avenue), 6–8:30 p.m., $85/$150 for two.
FILM: The Revue Cinema is shaking up its storytelling mediums with a new kind of book club tonight, when they’ll kick off The Book Revue: From Page to Screen. With a mandate to explore the act of adaptation in bringing works of literature to the big screen, the Book Revue will kick off its weekly screening series with a showing of the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film, No Country For Old Men, adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel. The series will be moderated by Toronto Star critic Geoff Pevere, with complimentary refreshments provided by Lardon. The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $10.
WORDS: Booklovers rejoice, for the Toronto Literary Salon is back! After their inaugural gathering in May—at which Torontoist was all ears—the discussion is now going bilingual with a roster composed of the French and English finalists for the 2010 Trillium Book Awards. The discussion will take place at the new Thompson Toronto hotel, with the English finalists in the Ballroom and the French in the Screening Room—though the linguistically ambitious are welcome to wander back and forth between the two. Dedicated to creating open dialogues between writers and readers, the Salon can be counted on for lively discussions amongst passionate bibliophiles. Thompson Toronto (550 Wellington Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Alexander Pushkin’s classic tale of love and regret is told through dance in the National Ballet‘s presentation of Onegin. Adapted from Pushkin’s poem Eugene Onegin by master choreographer John Cranko and with music composed by Tchaikovsky, this bit of Byronic ballet is only running through the week, so catch it while you can. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $20–$210.