WORDS: We all have a couple of things lying around, maybe hidden in a box somewhere, that carry serious emotional ties: borrowed sweaters, mix tapes, love letters, and the like. Most of those items come with a great background story, so tonight the Victory Café is presenting “Awkward Show and Tell: Things My Ex Gave Me,” an open mic night dedicated to presenting relationship baggage in front of a group of people so speakers can feel cathartic, or whatever. Audience members are encouraged to bring old photos, shitty gifts, and anything else left behind from a past relationship, and share tales of regret. Come out, tell your story, have a few drinks, and embrace the awkward. Victory Café (581 Markham Street), 8:30 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Author/artist Charles Pachter is launching his new picture book M is for Moose this evening at the Gladstone Hotel as part of This Is Not A Reading Series. Pachter will be speaking tonight on the politics of the alphabet and how to create a picture book for young and old alike. He will be joined in conversation by CBC News anchor Evan Solomon. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: What’s a Gardasil? How come chicks who bang a lot are easy, but dudes who bang a lot are studs? Do rainbow parties seriously exist? The Institute of Gender and Health aims to answer questions like these this evening at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where there will be an open discussion regarding youth sexual health and teen gender stereotypes. Sparking tonight’s discussion will be Dr. Jean Shoveller, Dr. Sarah Flicker, and the founder/director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Jessica Yee. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of the Gender and Health division at the Canadian Institute of Health Research. The press release for the event doesn’t mention anything about the night turning into a Sarah Palin hate-fest, but we wouldn’t be surprised. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 5 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Tonight’s Ladyfest event at Beaver Hall Gallery will feature two talented ladies reading from their new works. Farzana Doctor will be reading from her just-released novel Stealing Nasreen, and Jennifer LoveGrove will be reading from her yet-to-be-finished novel Watch How We Walk. Stick around for performances from University of Toronto’s LGBT Dance Crew, and spoken word artists giving their take on gender and racial oppression. Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul Street), 7 p.m., $5.
Photo courtesy of Awkward Show and Tell.