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DESIGN: Karim Rashid has been at the forefront of accessible contemporary product design ever since he came up with the world’s most-recognized waste bucket for Umbra. But Rashid’s cool designs don’t stop at fun little familiar soap dispensers. He has just published KarimSpace, a full-colour book (with forward by architect Daniel Libeskind) showcasing forty of his latest top interior design works. We had a chance to peek at a few pages, and it was very difficult to choose only one to share—from a watermelon-evoking chaise-longue to a heavenly hall Barbie herself would love, the eye-candy just kept on giving. Have a look at the rest of the book, and meet the man himself when Random House and Rizzoli Publications hosts Karim Rashid’s Toronto book-signing at the Manulife Centre Indigo Book Store. Indigo Books and Music (55 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: For the truly country at heart, there’s a real gem of a show playing at the Dakota tonight. Nelson, B.C., boy turned Calgary cowboy Tim Hus brings the band he’s been backing Stompin’ Tom Connors with to play his solo material for the virgin ears of a Toronto audience. Hus has just released his new album Bush Pilot Buckaroo, out on Ian Tyson’s Stony Plain Records label. Toronto singer/songwriter Jay Aymar will be opening the show, playing songs from his own forthcoming album. There’s another Ian Tyson connection here—Tyson recently recorded a cover version of Aymar’s song “My Cherry Coloured Rose.” The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $10.
ART: Some of you may remember a recent stinky period posing as a summer-that-wasn’t. During that regretful stretch, Torontoist shared with our readers the drawings of one madame HAIR and her hilarious band of hairy rodents. Said madame has turned her pen to another subject—delusion—and is hosting the opening reception tonight for an exhibit of new paintings “5 ain’t 10” (on until September 30). The Troubadour Bar (3071 Dundas Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
FASHION: Jaclyn Genovese and Gillian Young are two Toronto cousins who decided to fulfil an unsatisfied fashion niche—’80s rock ‘n’ roll. While we wouldn’t encourage a re-embracing of the Twisted Sister ensemble, the launch of Jac + Gill’s first official line of clothing may prove to remind us how important the fun is in fashion. Toronto’s EVE Dance Company will be performing throughout the evening, and, as may be expected, an after-party follows the launch party party. Jezebel Burlesque (227 Ossington Avenue, rear entrance), 9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Leo Panitch and Martijn Konings, the editors behind the essay series American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance, greet their readers at a small reception this evening. The collection of essays introduces new thought and dialogue regarding the idea of empire, and specifically how “empire,” when redefined in the context of the current global economy, applies to the influence of the United States. The meet-and-greet is part of this weekend’s American Political Science Association 2009 Conference taking place at the Metro Convention Centre, the first time the conference has ever been held outside the United States. The conference is organized by and geared toward those who study and teach political science, so if you’re not up to some heady dialogue, don’t even think about it. If you are, this is like an intellectual candy-store. Metro Convention Centre, room 713A (255 Front Street West), 7:30–9 p.m., FREE (meet-and-greet only; convention cost: $95 students, $395 public).