Today in Toronto: attend the inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series event, raise money for autism at a night full of comedy and music, check out all kinds of art at a Zoey's Projects fundraiser, laugh with some funny ladies at the Black Swan, and see Buddies' latest, Dancing Queen.
LITERATURE: Stop by the inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series to hear about The Unfinished Revolution, a collection of essays about the ongoing global struggle for basic human rights for women and girls. The event will feature a conversation about women’s rights in the world today, with Minky Worden from Human Rights Watch; journalist, author, and activist Michele Landsberg; and Erna Paris, author of Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History. Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), reception at 6:15 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m., $40–$50 for reception, FREE–$10 for event.
FUNDRAISER: There’s no better feeling than laughing and rocking out to some music while supporting a great cause at the same time. That’s what’s in store for you tonight at “Autism is a Pain in the Aspergers,” an evening of comedy and music in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. The extensive line-up of performers includes Heather Bambrick, Neil Crone, the Frantics, Shakura S’Aida, Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath, Bill King, Illustrated Men, Judy Marshak, and Mairlyn Smith. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), 7:30 p.m., $25–$30.
ART FUNDRAISER: Get your fill of art today at “The Big ASS Spring is Finally Here Show” The Zoey’s Projects fundraiser will feature dance, film, music, spoken word, and visual arts with a lengthy list of performers. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $17.
COMEDY: A group of funny ladies are ready to take to the stage for a show titled “Laugh Through This: All Girl Comedy Show.” The event will feature local comedians performing improv, sketch, character monologue, and an improv jam. About 15 acts will take to the stage, as Moniquea Marion and Danz Altvater host the evening. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: A brand new play by Sky Gilbert is debuting on the Buddies in Bad Times stage today. Dancing Queen is a mix of dance and theatre that tells the story of an intergenerational double love triangle, complete with scandalous questions about sex, love, and monogamy. The piece stars Nick Green, Dora award-winner Ryan Kelly, and Dora nominee David-Benjamin Tomlinson. The show will be on stage until April 29. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m. $18–$30.
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