ART: Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven, not eight, but nine (phew!) visual art exhibitions open today at the Harbourfront Centre. Featuring pieces ranging from a diseased baby vulture to an upside-down Christmas tree, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your twisted, post-modern family. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), opening tonight from 6–10 p.m., runs until January 4, 2009, FREE.
MUSIC: Milwaukee electro-dance dudes French Horn Rebellion are ready to make you dance tonight. The Whippersnapper Gallery can get sweaty, so wear layers (like a v-neck under a flannel shirt under a gray cardigan, for example). Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 8 p.m., $6 at the door.
COMEDY: A comedy performance about comedy performances? How abstractly hilarious! Check out award-winning writer and performer Harry Doupe’s latest reflections on the Canadian comedy industry in his performance of The State We’re In: A State of Industry Address on the Canadian Comedy Industry. We hope he’ll let us know when the chicken lady is returning. Diesel Playhouse (56 Blue Jays Way), 9 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
LECTURE: Turn down that god-awful rock and roll music and go listen to Tim Kingsbury, guitarist/keyboardist for the Arcade Fire, lecture about the indie success of the band and provide a workshop for music students. Space is limited (although the event’s Facebook page suggests that might not be an issue), so come early. University of Toronto at Scarborough (1265 Military Trail), 12–3 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: You’re in the middle of the second date when she reaches across the table, strokes your hand, and coos soothingly, “Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves?” Sorry my friend, you can’t quote The Simpsons to get you out of this one. Fear not—humorous, straight-forward educator Peter Stevens has started the KnowMore Lecture Series to help you. Expand your mind and free yourself from using Toronto Life references and Wikipedia to bolster dinner party conversations. This week’s topic: Nietzsche. 46 Noble Street, Unit 102, today and tomorrow 8–9:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
Image by Peter Flemming, courtesy of The Harbourfront Centre.