School Shucks: Oyster Class

  • Hogtown Pub & Oysters (633 College Street)
  • 2 p.m.

Now here’s an event that will help you break out of your shell (har har)—School Shucks: Oyster Class. Join the Culinary Adventure Company for an in-depth lesson that will cover oyster anatomy; how to purchase, prepare, and cook oysters; and the difference between the oysters found on the east and west coasts. Go home with a full belly, your own shucker, a recipe book, and the ability to impress your next date!

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Dancenette

Undine Dance Company is one of the 10 acts performing at Dancenette. Photo by PDV Photography.

Undine Dance Company is one of the 10 acts performing at Dancenette. Photo by PDV Photography.

  • Arabesque Dance Academy (1397 Yonge Street)
  • 7 p.m.

Take a trip around the world in one hour with Dancenette. This intimate showcase features 10 performances by groups and solo artists that touch on a wide variety of dance styles, including hip hop, belly dance, salsa, and Celtic.

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Video Vengeance #4: Kingdom of the Spiders

  • KITCH (229 Geary Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

The boys at Modern Superior aren’t doctors or scientists, but they’ve come up with a sure-fire way to cure arachnophobia. Okay, we can’t verify that claim, but if you come out to Video Vengeance #4: Kingdom of the Spiders, you’re bound to have a great time, despite the film’s horrible, crawly stars. Grab a beverage and some nachos, and bask in William Shatner’s masterful performance in this 1977 cult classic. Yelling stuff at the screen is not only accepted, it’s encouraged!

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Toronto Poetry Slam Semifinals

  • Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

In the mood for some serious wordplay? Check out the Toronto Poetry Slam Semifinals going on at the Drake Hotel Underground. Competing for a spot in the finals—and ultimately, the official 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team—are poets Andre Prefontaine, Patrick Walters, Estefania, Optimus Rhyme, Britta B., Ketch22, MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine, and David Delisca. St. Paul, Minnesota’s Kait Rokowski will be the evening’s feature act.

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Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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