ART: Take a trip to another world, experience its history, and be back in time for last call. Artist Andrew Wilson’s first solo exhibition, “A World’s History,” features sketches and paintings of imagined landscapes. Think of it as Richard Scarry’s “Busy Busy World” meets David Cronenberg, on magic mushrooms. Magic Pony (649 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE, exhibition runs until November 30.
COMEDY: Feel like watching four guys on a couch over the internet (no, we’re not talking about RedTube)? Today, four comedians will be unable to sleep and forced to remain on a single couch so long as donations keep on pouring in to Child’s Play and the Sick Kids Foundation. The more money, the longer they stay on the couch—we’re talking about the Couchathon of course. Watch on-line or at the NOW Lounge (189 Church Street), 11 a.m.–?, FREE.
FILM: Two film festivals to keep you busy over the next little while: Rendezvous with Madness—the annual film festival dealing with themes of mental health and addiction—starts today, featuring twenty-one programs of short and feature-length films. We hear the after-parties are a good place to score Valium. Joseph Workman Theatre (1001 Queen Street West), runs until November 15, $10–$15. The 2008 Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto also kicks off today, featuring screenings, a short animation festival, parties, and an awards ceremony for the most popular submissions. Various locations, runs until November 9, $8–$10.
DISCUSSION: Which came first, Ipsos-Reid or AP-Reuters? Find out at “The Power of Polls: Do They Lead or Follow Events?” a panel discussion featuring Darrell Bricker of Ipsos Global Public Affairs, Barry Kay of Wilfrid Laurier University, journalist Geoff Stevens, and former editor and publisher of the Toronto Star John Honderich. We’re anxious to ask Mr. Bricker why we haven’t received that free iPod we won through that banner ad where we hit the hamster on the head with the mallet and then clicked “Obama” on the one question survey that followed. The MaRS Centre, Collaboration Room 3 (101 College Street), 6:30–8 p.m., FREE with registration.
Image by Andrew Wilson, courtesy Magic Pony Gallery.