WORDS: Chris Carlsson, one of the founders of Critical Mass and the author of 2008’s Nowtopia, is speaking this evening at CineCycle as part of Pages‘ This Is Not A Reading Series. He’ll be discussing Nowtopia, which researches social challenges faced by outlaw bicyclists and others looking to get away from urban consumer lifestyles. Spacing‘s publisher and creative director Matthew Blackett will be interviewing Carlsson, and there will be an audience Q&A following the interview. CineCycle (in the alley behind 129 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Rapper/fashion designer Sean “Diddy” Combs will be performing tomorrow night at eTalk‘s Toronto International Film Festival party. Also performing is
famous lesbian DJ Samantha Ronson, who will be spinning hot tracks and fending off questions about her love life all night long. Should you enjoy standing in an obnoxiously crowded area while men in suits try to sell their screenplays to more famous people, CTV is giving away free wristbands to the event at 6:30 p.m. tonight. You have to be 16 to get one, so make sure to bring photo ID. CTV Festival Headquarters (299 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: It’s time for VICE‘s annual Toronto International Film Festival Ball. This year’s party is being thrown at Hart House, and will feature performances by New York electronica quartet The Juan MacLean as well as a (not-so) secret performance by expert plagiarizers Crystal Castles. Admission is free, and so is booze, but you have to RSVP to [email protected] in order to get on the guest list. Also, get there early, and it’s 19+ (sorry, froshies). Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Alternative country group Angela Desveaux and The Mighty Ship are having a release party for their new album, The Mighty Ship. Supporting them are local folk pop singer Andy Swan and garage rock band Easy Targets. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $5.
WORDS: The best-selling author of A Short History of Progress, Canadian author Ronald Wright is giving a talk tonight at Innis Town Hall. He’ll be lecturing about his new book, What is America?: A Short History of the New World Order, in which Wright aims to reshape the debate about the threatened fate of America. After his talk, Wright will be doing a Q&A and signing copies of his books. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5.
Photo of Chris Carlsson at the 2002 Burning Man Festival from his website.