Today: Serial Villains at Type Books, Truth or Dare at Red Sandcastle Theatre, Long Winter 4 at the Great Hall, and Static Zine's romantic comedy at The Central.
READING: Author and illustrator Sherwin Tjia has compiled a series of short stories about unscrupulous people doing dastardly things in Serial Vilain. The film-noir inspired anthology is launching tonight, with Tjia reading (and showing) excerpts from the book, and talking about its inspirations. Type Books (883 Queen Street West), 6–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC AND ART: There’s so much going on at the fourth edition of Long Winter, the multi-disciplinary showcase night produced by Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up, that they’ve moved the start time earlier to help cram in all the programming. Film short Marvin, Steph, and Stanley screens at 7:30 p.m., musical acts begin at 8 p.m. Among the bands on the bill are Holy Fuck, Maylee Todd, and The Sadies. Go early, because the building will hit capacity very quickly. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: Truth or Dare, an improv show created at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, is in town for a short run. Based on the preview we saw earlier this week, it’s a great event for couples and people who find the humour in sex and relationships—because every game of truth or dare ends up going there, right? Fearless performers Lindsay Mullan (Bad Dog Theatre’s Hogtown Empire) and Jamie Northan (Blind Date) challenge each other with increasingly wild suggestions, plus some very funny audience participation. Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $15–$20.
PARTY: Local indie culture publication Static Zine is raising funds for its sixth edition with a “Romantic Comedy” bash tonight. Local comics like Carolyn Nesling, Ashley Moffatt, and Nigel Grinstead will perform during the first half of the party. DJ Alex Pulec will play sweet beats for the rest of the night. The Central (603 Markham Street), doors at 9:30 p.m., comedy at 10 p.m., dance party at 11 p.m., $5.
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