In today's Urban Planner: Static Zine kicks off NXNE, authors read at Harbourfront, and Alex Stone fools Houdini.
WORDS and MUSIC: DIY arts-and-culture magazine Static Zine is releasing its much-anticipated fourth issue. To celebrate both that and the start of NXNE 2012, the mag has teamed up with west-end record store and performance space Of a Kind. Braves, The Dead Ships, and Indian Wars will perform. Of a Kind (1037 College Street), 5 p.m., FREE.
MAGIC: Join Alex Stone as he weaves a tale of mentalists, math geeks, hidden powers of the mind, and his quest to be a professional magician, in his new book, Fooling Houdini. Stone’s writing pulls back the curtain on this quirky and secretive community, exploring human nature and perception along the way. An on-stage interview with journalist Jeff Warren will follow a reading. And yes, tricks will be performed. Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m, FREE.
LITERATURE: If music at NXNE isn’t what your ears want, perhaps authors reading their work is. As part of Authors at Harbourfront Centre, hear Shree Ghatage read from Thirst, a novel about love found and lost between two young strangers united in a hastily-arranged marriage, set against the backdrop of India and London during World War II. Also, author Grace O’Connell will read from her debut novel, Magnificent World, about a young woman’s struggle to cope with her mother’s suicide. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30p.m, $10.
NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11–17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.
LUMINATO: Toronto’s multidisciplinary arts fest is celebrating its sixth installment this summer, and though the calendar feels a bit more sparse than previous years, there’s a lot of good stuff to check out.
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