ART: Funktion Gallery scores a coup with the opening of A Mysterious Date with Anser today. Anser is the engimatic artist behind the faces that have been popping up around the city for the past year (we featured them twice last year on Vandalist). The show continues to February 21 with various hours. Funktion Gallery (1244 Bloor Street West), 11 a.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Soulpepper kicks off their 2009 season with Tom Stoppard‘s comedic masterpiece, Travesties. The play throws together Vladimir Lenin, James Joyce, and Dadaist Tristan Tzara, as filtered through the faulty memory of its main character, one Henry Wilfred Carr, a minor official at the British Consul in Zurich circa 1917. Often described as a reinvention of Oscar Wilde‘s The Importance of Being Ernest, Travesties revels in the “sheer joy of debate” between “blazingly eloquent characters.” Continues through March 21. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 7:30 p.m., $34–68, students $28, rush tickets $20/$5 (21 and under).
MUSIC: Has it really been nine years? Wavelength, the long-running weekly music series, celebrates its ninth anniversary with four nights of music, featuring twenty bands at five different venues. The festival kicks off tonight with a show at The Music Gallery, with performances by Timber Timbre, Ghost Bees, and Dorit Chrysler.The Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr Church, (197 John Street), 7 p.m., $10 or PWYC. Tonight’s gig is followed by an after show/party at the Cameron House at 11 p.m., with music by The Diableros and Loitering Heroes. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 11 p.m., $10 or PWYC.
PARTY: Twestival Toronto is part of a world-wide fundraising effort, with more than one hundred cities around the globe hosting meet-ups for Twitter users on the same day. The Toronto event, hosted by CiRCA, will feature live streaming of other Twestival parties and music by DJs John Papamarko, Brendan Powell, Matt Blair, Adam Crabb, and Andrew Cowan. All proceeds will go to charity: water, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations. CiRCA Nightclub (126 John Street), 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., $20.
MUSIC: Unleash your inner Axl Rose and step up to the mic at the Gladstone Hotel for the (Torontoist-approved) 5th Annual Karaoke Superstar Contest! Now in its second week of audience-judged trial heats at the Gladstone’s Melody Bar, the top four finalists from each week will battle it out in the final sing-off on February 26 for a grand prize of $1000. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., FREE.
LECTURE: The Hand Eye Society, a new coalition dedicated to bringing together Toronto’s videogame communities (i.e., game makers and enthusiasts), is hosting a social tonight at the bar Unit in Parkdale. Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria (known for subversive media activist games such as McDonald’s, Faith Fighter, and Oiligarchy) will be in attendance and will be discussing his next project before taking questions from the audience. Unit (1198 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.