ART: Side Space Gallery open their “new.Re.new” exhibit today, featuring five artists. Each piece of fibrework, sculpture, or painting is by an artist either new to the gallery, new to the neighbourhood, or new to art creation in general, so be nice and offer directions to any amateur artists you find wandering aimlessly near the gallery. Side Space Gallery (1080 St. Clair Avenue West), opening reception at 7 p.m., runs until January 16, 2009, FREE.
MUSIC: Feminist teen-mag Shameless celebrates its twelfth issue tonight with an all-ages dance party. The event not only features DJs Winnie, Nolan Natasha, and HollyRock spinning hot tracks on the wheels of steel, but you can finally read a teen magazine concerned more with queer politics, intellectualism, art, and activism than with who the Olsen twins are screwing (finally, a magazine that can see past the fickle sexism of contemporary media). Anyone with tips on who the Olsen Twins are screwing are encouraged to e-mail us immediately. Gladstone Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30–10 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Hot Docs presents its monthly Doc Soup screening tonight, featuring Chris and Don. A Love Story, a documentary chronicling the remarkable relationship between artist Don Bachardy and now-deceased writer Christopher Isherwood. The couple met when Bachardy was eighteen and Isherwood was forty-eight—we’re hoping the film’s rated PG-13 so our sexy underage boy dates can get in. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., $12 advance or at the door. If you’re a student, swing by the cinema at 5:30 p.m. for access to a limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. show.
PARTY: Our good friends at Spacing are celebrating their fifth anniversary and thirteenth issue tonight. Head on down and enjoy everything from urban design competition finalists, live saxophone playing, and a lot of people getting very excited about conceptualizations of urban space in Toronto (just try not to get cornered by that drunk guy who won’t shut up about Jane Jacobs). The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–1 a.m., $10 (includes free copy of Spacing), $5 for subscribers, RSVP required via Facebook or e-mail.
Photo courtesy of Side Space Gallery.