Urban Planner: November 12, 2008

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Urban Planner: November 12, 2008

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MUSIC: Ah, Girl Talk. Who doesn’t enjoy spending a slumber party with friends and spinning the wheel to end up doing kooky dares and talking about sexy crushes? Oh yeah, and there’s this guy by the same name who does somewhat controversial mixes of Sinéad O’Connor with T.I. and Lil Wayne, getting audiences so sweaty they’re literally sliding off each other an their attempts to do something that ends up only barely resembling dancing. Mash-up maniac Girl Talk is celebrating his newest release, Feed the Animals, by offering the album for download for whatever price you’d like to pay (this includes a $0 option, which is exactly how much money he pays the artists he’s sampling). If this show is anything like his last gig at the Phoenix, you do not want to miss it (our clothing was quite literally dripping). Koolhaus (132 Queen’s Quay East), 8 p.m., $20.
FILM: If we have one bit of advice to impart today, it’s that you can only watch about twenty episodes of Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues in a row before you start talking like David Carradine. Now is the time to press eject on your VHS recorder and head downtown for some more mind-opening Asian fare, as the twelfth year of the Reel Asian International Film Festival kicks off with the Toronto opening of The Drummer at The Bloor (506 Bloor Street West) at 7 p.m. and a party at The Century Room (580 King Street West) at 9 p.m. Various locations, festival runs until November 16, $7–$10.
MUSIC: Tattooed bad-ass guitar twang superheroes Eagles of Death Metal descend upon our fair city for a DJ set tonight. Its hard to say exactly what might happen, but based on our experiences at “DJ set” parties, we’re anticipating the band coming on later than expected, playing for shorter than expected, and you waking up more hung-over than expected—although we don’t necessarily consider that a bad party. The Bovine (542 Queen Street West), 11:30 p.m., FREE.
BOOKS: On your way home from the bar, have you ever stopped in the middle of on-coming traffic and wondered aloud, “Was the Laurentide Ice Sheet retreating across this very spot a mere 12,000 years ago?” If so, you’ll definitely want to check out the book launch of Toronto: An Illustrated History of its First 12,000 Years. Featuring a public discussion and question-and-answer session, you might get a chance to ask if there’s a centerfold chronicling the part where we scam natives for ownership of most of downtown. St. Lawrence Hall (175 King Street East), 6–8 p.m., FREE.
Photo courtesy Pitch Perfect PR.

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