FILM: There are a couple of film screenings today. Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Steven Sebring’s new documentary about the singer/songwriter/artist, opens today and will screen until October 2 at the Royal Cinema (608 College Street, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., <$10). As well, Mixed Greens, the monthly environmental film series at the Gardiner Museum, will be screening Marie-Monique Robin’s documentary, The World According to Monsanto. The film is presented in association with the upcoming Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival, which will take place during the week of October 22 (111 Queen’s Park, 6:45 p.m., PWYC [$7 suggested]).
BENEFIT: The Downsview Park Foundation, a group dedicated to celebrating Downsview Park as a sustainable, urban green space, is celebrating the launch of their group with a benefit gala this evening. The event will feature the Toronto premiere of Amakhosi, a circus performance troupe featuring African artists, musicians, dancers, and gymnasts. Additionally, there will be wine tasting from local and international vineyards, a silent auction, and African cuisine. The gala will be hosted by 97.3 EZ Rock personality Humble Howard. To buy tickets, head over to the Downsview Park Foundation website. Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Road), 6:30 p.m., $200.
MUSIC: Hamilton folk/acoustic party animal B.A. Johnston is playing at Rancho Relaxo tonight. He’ll be joined by the Schomberg Fair, Horses, and the Raccoon Wedding. The show is part of Dan Wolovick’s Two Way Monologues music showcase series. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9 p.m., $7.
ART: The Harbourfront Centre is launching its fall visual art exhibitions, and is celebrating with an opening reception this evening. Artists who have contributed to this fall’s exhibitions include Margaux Williamson, Mona Kamal, Donald Chong, and Panya Clark Espinal. More complete descriptions of the upcoming exhibits will hopefully become available on the Harbourfront Centre website in the next few days. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 6 p.m., FREE.
Still from Patti Smith: Dream of Life.