This weekend, use your technological mind to help improve the future; catch a pair of free outdoor short-film screenings; join a comedic art tour of the Gladstone Hotel; watch a burlesque show that unveils the naughty side of Nintendo characters; and much more.TECHNOLOGY: Don’t you just love the future? Some Torontonian do-gooders sure do, and they’re using technology to help make the world a better place. Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto brings together designers, developers, technologists, and just good ol’-fashioned concerned citizens for a weekend of solving social problems. This year’s event will focus on such issues as recording ultrasound images in remote areas, improving First Nations access to water, and more. Put your innovation hat on! Centre For Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street), Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m., FREE.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Though Rouge Valley may be moving ever closer to becoming Canada’s first “national urban park,” you don’t need that announcement to enjoy what it already has to offer. The 2012 Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Event will take you on a weekend of guided walks through the aforementioned territory. Some of the fun will include birding and photography hikes (and you’ll get to interact with experts of various fields along the way), live musical performances, and more. Rouge Valley Conservation Centre (1749 Meadowvale Road), Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested donation).
FILM: So everybody’s been telling you that you should go outside because it’s so sunny, but all you want to do is stay in and watch movies all day. Here comes the compromise. To help whet your appetite for next week’s launch of the annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, there will be two free short-film screenings in Dufferin Grove Park. Shorts for Shorties: Flick-Nic consists of animated flicks that the kids can enjoy, while Christmas in June is a series of Christmas-related shorts that will make you feel the holiday spirit (and possibly help to keep the heat at bay). Dufferin Grove Park, Sunday, 12 p.m.–1 p.m. and 9 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
ART TOUR: If you’ve ever considered exploring art galleries by yourself to be one of the most socially awkward experiences ever (seriously, how long are you supposed to stand in front of a painting?), then this tour might be up your alley. Docents Gone Wild is a comedic take on your typical gallery tour. Guests will be met with performance artists, thespians, drag queens, and comedians, who guide gallery-goers through the Gladstone Hotel in a unique and entertaining way. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday, 1 p.m., $15.
BURLESQUE: This one’s going out to all the friendships gained (and lost) because of the classic video game known as Super Smash Bros. If you’re up for a little bit of sexy nostalgia, check out Super Smash Burlesque: A Night Of Nintendo Debauchery. As the name suggests, prepare to see your favourite Nintendo characters sans clothing. Oh, your poor, poor childhood. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Saturday, 9 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door.
ART: This event brings together environmental awareness, art, and music for a celebration of Toronto’s cultural landscape. FOAM features artists, musicians, and DJs, who will perform among installations that promote sustainability (as per Evergreen Brick Works’ policy). The event is in support of motionball, a non-profit that builds awareness of, and raises funds for, the Special Olympics. There will be a free shuttle from Fran’s Restaurant (at 20 College Street). Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Saturday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m., $35.
MUSIC: If the “let’s play the same song 10 billion times over and over” radio’s got you down, maybe you need to switch up your musical habits. The 2012 Chinese-Canadian Performing Arts Festival Celebration Gala features music from both Canada and China (including Chinese flutist Chun-Jie Wang, pianist Lang-Ning Liu, soprano Yi-Ping Chao, and more). Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street W.), Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $28.
This post originally stated that the two free short-film screenings in Dufferin Grove Park were to take place on Saturday. They will be taking place on Sunday. We regret the error.
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