FUNDRAISER: Fight AIDS and the bare walls of your woefully under-furnished apartment all at once at the Cape Town Shakedown: Silent Auction and Fundraiser tonight. Proceeds from the sale of art produced by local talent will go to The Cape Town Children’s Scholarship Foundation and provide scholarships to youth in Khayelitsha Township (just outside of Capetown), South Africa. We’re a media sponsor, and this is a really great cause, so we’ll take it very personally, un-friend you from Facebook, and delete all your texts if you don’t show up. Studio Gallery (294 College Street), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
HOLIDAYS: Needy children, celebrity performances, and glittering sparkling things—yes, it’s that magical time of the year again. Join Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk and North Pole philanthropist Santa Claus at the annual unveiling of the Swarovski Crystal Wish Tree. Crystal ornaments will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The irony of trying to raise money for dying children while a tree covered in giant expensive crystals sits idle in the background is not lost on us. Eaton Centre, Centre Court, Level 2 (220 Yonge Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
OPENING: As mentioned yesterday, you can head over to Wychwood Avenue this afternoon for a ribbon cutting, speeches, pats on the back, and 60,000 square feet of multifaceted community center excitement as the Artscape Wychwood Barns open their doors to the public. Formerly historic TTC repair barns, the renovated space will offer a location where all aspects of vibrant community living can take root and intermingle—not to be confused with The Barn, which offers similar services. Artscape Wychwood Barns (76 Wychwood Avenue), 3:30–5:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Think being able to beat Guitar Hero qualifies you as some sort of musical talent? International Guitar Night disagrees. North America’s longest-running mobile guitar festival (we’re not really sure what that means either) features acoustic guitar virtuosos from around the world, representing a range of styles, for one night only. No, they won’t perform an encore of Stairway to Heaven. Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $30.
Teacup by Sayuri Chetti.