Today: An artsy charity auction, an indigenous storytelling event, a chance to meet the moths of High Park, and SummerWorks continues.
STORIES: In our impatient, screen-addicted society, people who entertain solely with words are rare. Joe Harawira is one. Born into a family of storytellers in New Zealand, he has taken his passion for Maori culture and performing arts to Indigenous festivals around the world. Today he treats Torontonian ears to his oratories as part of Harbourfront’s Planet IndigenUS. Toronto Public Library, Spadina Road Branch (10 Spadina Road), 2 p.m.–3 p.m., FREE.
ART CHARITY: Toronto is the final stop on The TOMS Art of Giving Tour. Hosted by Canadian artist Jessica Gorlicky, tonight’s silent charity auction boasts a spectacular array of TOMS shoes and eyewear, redesigned by 40 Toronto artists. Proceeds will help provide footwear for impoverished people worldwide, and will also help fund programs aimed at boosting the self-esteem of women and girls suffering from the physical and emotional turmoil associated with cancer. Cocktails and snacks will be provided. Jessgo Studio at Seven Continents (945 Wilson Avenue), silent auctions commence at 5 p.m., bids close at 7 p.m., FREE.
NATURE: Bring the family out to meet some “butterflies of the night” on a High Park Nature Centre Moth Walk. Explore moth habitats, make “moth broth,” and join members of the Toronto Entomologists Association for a lesson in moth identification, under their special lights. Bring flashlights and insect collection containers. High Park Nature Centre, at the square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Drive), 8:15 p.m.–10 p.m., $2 suggested donation.
SUMMERWORKS: The 2012 SummerWorks Festival, running August 9 to 19 at several venues along Queen Street West, features a dizzying abundance of local, national, and even international theatre, performance art, music, and more. To help you zero in on the hottest events, we’ve previewed the Theatre Series, the Music Series, and the Live Art Series and Performance Bar. Prices and times vary; visit the festival website for more details.
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