Still from Trouble the Water courtesy of Zeitgeist Films.
FILM: Trouble the Water stuns the viewer with footage of the entire New Orleans Katrina experience—before, during, and after—shot by African-American residents Kimberly and Scott Roberts as it happened. The film was pieced together by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin; it won the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and is now nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film runs for one week at the Royal Cinema starting tonight (until February 19). Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 9:30 p.m., $10.
CIRCUS: If you ever wanted to run away to the circus after hours to catch the swinging bordello singers as they hit the vaudeville stage in burlesque outfits, this is your chance. Lunacy Cabaret throws an adults-only monthly fundraiser for Circus Without Borders that takes place at Centre of Gravity circus-training school. We were tipped off about this one by our (most excellent) hair stylist. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), 8:30 p.m., $12.
ART: Icelandic-born Canadian artist Svana Thordis Juliusson took all the art-material crap cluttering her home—styrofoam, linoleum, bungee cords, and so on—and created pieces from it as an alternative to either letting it continue to sit there or adding it to some over-crowded landfill. The resulting exhibit, “Sko! (everything happens all at once),” opens tonight in Leslieville (on until March 22). Brayham Contemporary Art (1318 Queen Street East), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Tourism Australia presents OzFlix: Australian Film Weekend over the Family Day weekend (February 13–16). It’s not a particularly great time to visit Australia, but they are giving away a trip for two during the festival. With the exception of tonight’s launch screening at the Royal Cinema, all of the films will be showing at the Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre in the ROM (100 Queens Park Circle) for $10 each or $40 for a weekend pass (which doesn’t include opening night). Highlights of the festival include tonight’s opening screening The Black Balloon starring Toni Collette, closing night film In Her Skin starring Guy Pearce, and an episode of Australia’s Greatest Albums covering Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds recording Murder Ballads. Bar Italia (582 College Street West), 5 p.m. reception, Royal Cinema (608 College Street West), 7 p.m. film, $20 (includes reception and screening).
MUSIC: One quick listen to the music of Montreal’s David Martel and evidence of Jeff Buckley‘s influence is clear. Martel will be playing with two other Montreal singer-songwriters, Mike O’Brien and Jason Bajada, at the Cameron tonight, a perfect setting for the intimate sounds of all three artists. The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 9 p.m.