In today's UP, the women of The Penelopiad take over the afternoon; saucy and sexy writings at an erotica meet-up; These Electric Lives headline Heartstrings' music education fundraiser; and Design Week continues.
THEATRE: There’s a daytime matinee today of Nightwood Theatre‘s The Penelopiad, the well-reviewed show featuring some of Toronto’s best actresses in Margaret Atwood‘s alternate version of the Odyssey myth. Our own review praised it as “a beautifully staged, excellently acted, thoughtful look at sexual politics.” Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 1:30 p.m., $22-$46.
READINGS: Speaking of sexuality, it’s written about in more explicit terms by some writers in Toronto, many of whom will be gathering at tonight’s Toronto Erotica Writers & Readers Meetup. Following the meet and greet, there’ll be a live broadcast of the evening’s open mic readings via ORAL: Adventures in Erotica. Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: HeartstringsTV is hosting their third HeartstringsLIVE event, featuring live performances (by These Electric Lives, Brett Caswell, and The Wheel Wells), giveaways, and more, all in support of Musicounts, a charity promoting music education in Canadian schools. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
DESIGN WEEK: Toronto Design Week 2012 runs from January 23-29, and has a multitude of related events under its loosely defined umbrella. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival collects many of them together on their site, including events at the Design Exchange and Gladstone Hotel; Do Design 2012 has events along Dundas Street West from January 26-29, and the week climaxes with the Interior Design Show 2012 from January 26-29. Design Edge Canada has many of the week’s highlights listed here.
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