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Prove your prowess on the ice—or at least the table—at Table Hockey Night in Parkdale. Photo by victoryrock from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
Today in Toronto: check out the gams on some of film’s foremost femmes fatale, cheer on artists in a no-holds-barred battle royale, enjoy some plays from emerging writers, or try your hand at our national sport—in miniature.
FILM: Kevin Courrier continues to probe deep into the nature of the film noir genre in his lecture series Roads to Perdition, continuing tonight at the Revue Cinema. This month’s lecture will focus on the most iconic element of noir: the femme fatale. Courrier’s exploration of these seductive agents of fate will centre on several classics, as well as Stephen Frears’ 1990 neo-noir The Grifters, which the Revue will be screening before the lecture at 4 p.m. and after at 9:15 p.m. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7 p.m., $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
ART: The time has come again for Toronto’s artists to go to war—to unsheathe their brushes and meet on the battlefield to determine an ultimate victor. There will be no mercy at tonight’s Art Battle, a bout of live competitive painting that pits several randomly drawn artists against each other in a timed head-to-head acrylic paint-off. Those interested in competing can enter the raffle at the door, and those interested in watching can vote on which works win and which are destroyed! Original music to be provided by Holotape. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $15.
THEATRE: Three exciting new works from emerging writers will be showcased in the fifth and final year of the WriteNOW! Festival, organized by the pivotal(arts) theatre company. Featured this evening are Daniel Stolfi’s comedy about bad theatre called A Really Bad Play by Daniel Stolfi “Presents” It Was Love at First Sight by Mark Tipps at 7:30 p.m. and Jessica Rose’s ’50s sex farce Secretary! at 8:30 p.m. These two—along with Jon Nelson’s Art vs. Love vs. Life—have had five months of workshop and rehearsal in the pivotal(arts) playLab, and are now ready to make their debuts! Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $12 for a single show or $20 for both.
SPORT: Despite stereotypes, not all Canadians are masters on the ice, but the Gladstone Hotel is still allowing us the opportunity to indulge in our most popular national pastime without the requirement of skates or sticks. Table Hockey Night in Parkdale is a non-competitive night of table hockey on a number of modern and vintage tables upon which to practice your slapshot. Just watch the high sticking. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.