MUSIC: The Mahones, The Warped 45’s, and Eugine Ripper are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fast Folk Underground concert series tonight at the legendary Dakota Tavern. The Mahones are getting ready to tour the US with Irish-American punk-rockers the Dropkick Murphys, so bail out on that financial planning appointment you had with your accountant, grab yourself a Jameson’s, and get ready to wake up tomorrow feeling like a character from a Bukowski novel. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m., $10.
ART: Like esoteric art? We thought so. The Susan Hobbs Gallery is hosting an opening for the works of Brian Groombridge tonight. The press release reads like a semiotics essay written on LSD, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Susan Hobbs Gallery (137 Tecumseth Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
MEDIA: Online political magazine rabble.ca is relaunching today, both to highlight their new website interface and to celebrate Media Democracy Day (don’t forget to send your mom a card). With a keynote panel featuring Maude Barlow and Linda McQuaig followed by a party, you can get drunk and hit on journalism interns while you gloomily reflect on the gradual concentration of media ownership in North America. Steamwhistle Roundhouse (255 Bremner Blvd), 8 p.m., $10–$15.
LECTURE: Wondering about those strange headaches and the blood coming out of your eyes? Don’t worry, you’re not turning into a zombie; it’s probably just pollution from the 401. Professor Miriam Diamond will be discussing the above concerns and more in her lecture “How chemicals in the environment are affecting our brains” this afternoon at the University of Toronto. Bahen Centre (40 St. George Street), 4:10 p.m., FREE.
Photo courtesy of The Dakota Tavern.