BOOKS: Come see the magic that happens when books meet film at The Moving Stories Film Festival tonight, presented by Pages Books as part of their This is Not a Reading Series. Featuring shorts based on the stories of recently published books from around the world, the one-night festival aims to enhance the appreciation of both literature and cinema through the combination of the two (as is evident in cinema masterpieces such as Twilight). Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5 (includes a free drink, woohoo!).
ART: Remember that ten-foot-wide oil painting of Jesus riding a unicorn through an exploding cop car that you whipped together last Saturday night? Well, pull it out from behind your radiator and submit it to the Untapped! Emerging Artist Competition, and you could see it on display at the 2009 Artist Project Toronto (March 5–8). Submissions are open to students and recent graduates until January 12, 2009. For more information drop a line to Kim Selman.
MUSIC: The ridiculously prolific, formerly dreadlocked Ani DiFranco comes to Toronto tonight in support of her new album, Red Letter Year. As always, her songs deal with the complex and poetic dance of love, sadness, and the salient political issues of our time—think C-SPAN directed by Charlie Kaufman. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (CNE grounds), 8 p.m., $49.50.
PERFORMANCE: They’ve performed more than five hundred shows in twenty different countries, and now they’re here to put some sexy back into your November. Yes, the The Bellydance Superstars will shake their stuff tonight in a show that should settle the debate about how un-cool ballet really is. Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $42.50.
Photo still from The Cave courtesy of The Moving Stories Film Festival.