ART: Do you enjoy fine art and luxurious parties, dahhling? How absolutely wonderful! Check out Bad Day Magazine‘s second issue release party, featuring pieces from thirteen talented contemporary artists and hot jams courtesy of Teen anger and DJs Colin Bergh and Scott Seewhale. Thursday’s the new Friday, and Bad Day only comes out once every three months, so you really have no excuse for not being there. Studio Gallery (294 College Street), 7 p.m.–midnight, FREE.
BOOKS: If you’re anywhere near Queen West, the Harbourfront, or the Financial District this morning, you may find yourself tripping over unclaimed literature. Fear not, angry librarians haven’t launched a rabid attack against us (yet)—you’ve just been blessed by Random Gifts of Reading, a promotion for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) that will distribute over $20,000 worth of free books across the city today. If that isn’t enough to bring out your inner nerd, you can trade your finds on their Facebook group (we’ve already joined and will trade anything we find today for this book). The IFOA runs from October 22 to November 1 at the Harbourfront Centre.
MUSIC: Jay Reatard has apparently forgiven Toronto for the debauchery of his last (very brief) performance at the Silver Dollar Room and has returned to give a free half-hour performance in the basement of Sonic Boom Records (512 Bloor Street West) at 7 p.m. Following that, he’ll be hitting the stage at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street) for a full performance at 9 p.m. Torontoist is trying desperately not to make corny jokes about colour-coordinating your helmet and face guard to match your skinny jeans or hoping the show doesn’t run too much longer than ten minutes so you have time to get some nachos downstairs before the police arrive. Advance tickets are $15 from Rotate This and Soundscapes.
POLITICS: Regardless of whether a second Conservative minority gets you all hot and heavy or just hot under the collar, the series launch of One World: Double Take is bound to interest you. Featuring media analyst Todd Gitlin, panelists will discuss the ever-shifting discourse surrounding elections in Canada, Israel, and the United States. MaRS Centre, Collaboration Room 3 (101 College Street), 7 p.m., $20 suggested donation.
Photo still from Nick Zinner’s Dead Boy, showing at Studio Gallery tonight, courtesy of Nick Zinner.