FILM: Ah, Bruce LaBruce, with his blood, penises, more blood, and even more penises (we thought the Santa Claus Parade was missing something this year). Bruce LaBruce: A Retrospective hits the Royal Cinema tonight, featuring classics and the release of his new film, Otto; Or, Up With Dead People. As if that wasn’t enough, a little duo named Crystal Castles are opening up for the first-night premier of Otto at 9 p.m. Gay porn and electro-punk? Now that’s a Christmas party. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), December 4–6, various times, $5–$11.
DESIGN: Toronto design squad Ministry of the Interior is teaming up with Spanish ceramic designers Lladró and equally-as-Spanish lighting company Metalarte to create a pop-up-shop in Yorkville. It will showcase a variety of retrospective interior design works by super-duper designer Jaime Hayonand will be entitled “Josephine & the Fantasy Collection.” Take our advice and just burn your Ikea bed now (get out of the bed first). Ministry of the Interior (162 Cumberland Street), December 4–14 (Tuesday–Wednesday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday–Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 1–5 p.m.), FREE.
ART: Dating someone from OCAD? Contemporary gallery Art Metropole unleashes its annual “Gifts by Artists” exhibition and gift sale today, featuring granola jars, black blobby drip pins, Princess Diana memorial tartan mushrooms, and Jewish rock band T-shirts. We’re pretty sure this stuff will go over much better than that Best of U2 CD you bought last year. Art Metropole (788 King Street West), or viewable online, December 4, 2008–January 10, 2009, various prices.
MUSIC: Boston’s Don Lennon, Waterloo’s Knock Knock Ginger, and the DJs from indie-pop club night Heaven’s Just a Kiss Away will make pretty dancing music tonight. Quaff your hair, tighten your pants, clap your hands, and get ready to rock. The Smiling Buddha (961 College Street West), 10 p.m., $6 at the door.
Photo still from Otto; Or, Up With Dead People courtesy of brucelabruce.com.