Today: a documentary about freedom of the press, a new production of Lord of the Flies, and get your jazz hands ready for a prohibition-themed party.
FILM: Here’s something we take for granted every day: the fact that things like this very listing don’t need to be screened by some government agency. Unfortunately, there are many places around the world that aren’t so lucky. To celebrate the International Day to End Impunity, you can check out a screening of A Bitter Taste of Freedom, a 2011 documentary about the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Afterward, there will be a Q&A with the director of the film. Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door.
THEATRE: The Hunger Games, Battle Royale…there’s something about watching a bunch of kids negotiate an arena of death that just never gets old. Here’s your chance to catch the latest Toronto production of Lord of the Flies, a play that tells the tale of a group of kiddie plane-crash survivors who must learn to live on an island with the greatest threat of all: each other. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), runs to December 9, 8 p.m., $49.
PARTY: Lovers of the roaring ’20s, now’s your chance to get your prohibition-era groove on with this themed party, called the Speakeasy Ball. It’s a chance to celebrate 1920s and ’30s dance history (yes, there will be Charleston dancing) with live music, archival material, and attendees dressed in appropriate-for-the-era garb. Cinecycle (the coach house behind 401 Richmond Street West), 8:30 p.m., $25.
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