Happening today: two new photography exhibits open at Gallery 44, a TIFF edition of the Toronto Monologue Slam, The Smiths' Andy Rourke sets sail with Young Lions Music Club, and the film festival heads into its closing weekend.
ART: The Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography opens two new exhibits this evening with a centre-wide reception. In the main gallery, “Det Synlige (The Visible)” is the Canadian premiere for Norwegian artist Else Marie Hagen, whose work starts with an image and proceeds from there (she explains it much better than we could). In the Vitrines room, Richard Ibghy and Marliou Lemmens’s “Tools That Measure the Intensity of Passionate Interests” takes a more abstract approach to artistic photographic work. Gallery 44 (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: With TIFF going strong, it’s the perfect time to host an edition of the Toronto Monologue Slam. Actors will step into the ring with short prepared solo pieces to duke it out for a $100 cash prize and bragging rights—and for the first time at the T.O. Slam, there are two previous Slam champions competing (Krista Morin and Bryn McAuley.) Six Degrees Club (2335 Yonge Street, south of Broadway Avenue), doors at 8 p.m., showdown at 8:30 p.m., after party at 10 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
MUSIC: Hometown heroine (and staunch Pussy Riot supporter) Peaches may be holding court at the Drake Hotel Underground tonight, but The Smiths’ Andy Rourke has partnered with Young Lions Music Club for an event in a more distinctive locale. SS Songs will take to the high seas (of Lake Ontario) aboard the River Gambler party ship; not only will Rourke be DJing, but there’ll be live sets from Dwayne Gretzky, July Talk, and Stella Ella Ota. Riverboat Gambler Cruise Ship (333 Lake Shore Boulevard East), brow opens at 9 p.m., ship sets sails at 9:30 p.m., $15.
TIFF: Ask any local cinephile and they’ll tell you: contrary to Andy Williams’s time-honoured holiday standard, early September is, in fact, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Why? Because early September means TIFF (on this year from September 6 to 16), and TIFF means movies, movies, and more movies, with all sorts of big-time movie stars swanning about town. Keep an eye out for our daily recommendations, visit our TIFF ’12 hub for our reviews, and have yourself a merry little TIFF-mas time.
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