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Photo by Marrianne Newman from Pregnant Portraiture, courtesy of pdaPR.
ART: Tonight is the official opening reception for photographer Marrianne Newman‘s latest exhibit, Pregnant Portraiture, running until May 31 at Tequila Bookworm Café and Books. A tribute to Mother’s Day of sorts, Pregnant Portraiture is the result of Newman’s foray into pregnancy photography and features a diverse and fascinating series of portraits taken over the last fifteen years. Portraiture is part of this month’s CONTACT. Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
COMICS: A reminder that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival officially kicks off today. The main exhibition, featuring appearances from over two hundred cartoonists, starts at 10 a.m. at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE). Later tonight, at the AGO‘s Jackman Hall, the 2009 Doug Wright Awards for Excellence in Canadian Cartooning will take place, hosted by the always-funny Don McKellar. Tonight’s awards ceremony will also serve as the launch for Drawn and Quarterly‘s latest release, The Collected Doug Wright Volume One: Canada’s Master Cartoonist (317 Dundas Street West, 7–9 p.m., FREE).
FUN: Local family-fun experts Bunch are hosting a Mother’s Day–themed dance party this afternoon at the Courthouse. The event boasts a glam-rock theme, paying special tribute to notable rockstar moms like Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and probably not Courtney Love. Sweetmama.ca will be there to give kids David Bowie–inspired face paint, and kid breakdancers from TVO’s Pop It! will b-boy it out or whatever. The Courthouse (57 Adelaide Street East), 2–5 p.m., $12 ($10 for kids).
WORDS: The Globe and Mail Open House Festival of words and ideas continues at Hart House today with a number of exciting events, featuring some of Canada’s best authors. At noon, Stuart McLean, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Christian Lander will speak. At 2 p.m., authors Prabhat Jha, James Orbinski, and James Maskalyk will appear in conversation. At 4 p.m., Wayson Choy, Elizabeth Hay, Zoe Heller, and Nino Ricci will read. The final event at 8 p.m. will include readings from Jay McInerney, David Rakoff, Miriam Toews, and Calvin Trillin. Since festival passes are sold out, each of these events costs $15 to attend, and you can buy advance tickets here. Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, in the Great Hall), 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m., $15.
DANCE: Yo Jamz!‘s popular dance night YO! Remember the ’90s? returns tonight to the Augusta House. After the great success of last edition’s Vanilla Ice theme, tonight will be LL Cool J–themed, with free one-inch buttons reading (what else?) “Ladies Love Cool James.” The Augusta House (152A Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $5.