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Photograph by Jonathan Taggart, one of the young artists showcased in the first installment of the Emergence Exhibition Series.
ART: For the past five years, non-profit Whippersnapper Gallery has supported Toronto’s thriving art scene by exhibiting the work of over one thousand young artists. Tonight, they introduce their Emergence Exhibition Series, focused on introducing the public to seven outstanding Canadian artists—all under thirty. The first installment of this inspired project features new pieces by Jonathan Taggart, David Waldman, Patrick Stuys, Laurie Kang, and Bogdan Luca. The work of these creative young individuals comprises a collection of photography-based pieces—ranging from traditional documentation to artist-staged images to non-photo works created in dialogue with the photographic image. Come out and see what the future of art in our city looks like. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
KIDS: Ever wondered what goes on after hours in a museum as huge and grand as the ROM? Well, tonight you can enjoy the ultimate backstage pass along with other curious night visitors at the Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian sleepover. As well as a screening of the movie that inspired the theme of this slumber party, you’ll have a chance to explore special after-hours exhibitions and participate in hands-on activities not available to the general public. The night includes a midnight snack before bed and breakfast in the morning before the museum opens. All you need to bring is an inquisitive mind, a sense of adventure, and a sleeping bag, pillow, and flashlight. Although this event is geared to children age six to twelve, all ages are welcome. ROM (100 Queen’s Park), 5 p.m.–10 a.m., $75 (go online for details).
THEATRE: Inspired by Nancy Eiesland’s book The Disabled God, producer and director, Fides Krucker decided to take her ground-breaking production, CP Salon—the story of a man’s struggle and love affair with cerebral palsy—one step further by launching a campus tour. Performance and disabilities studies departments at each campus on the tour engage in dialogue on arts and disabilities following each performance. The show itself, accompanied by the music of pianist Tania Gill, stars singer/storyteller Kazumi Tsuruoka, a charismatic performer and political activist who speaks about disability rights based on his own experience with CP. He co-created the first iteration of the performance with Krucker five years ago. Aiming to enlighten potentially naive audiences about the capacity for people with disabilities to express themselves through various art forms, Tsuroka maintains his disability is “creative, sexual, sensual and expressive.” The production leaves little doubt of this truth. Joseph G. Green Theatre, York University (4700 Keele Street), 7 p.m., PWYC.
FOOD: December is upon us, and it’s high time you got into the holiday spirit. And what better way than with food? At the Gardiner Museum‘s Friday after Five, savour a special Christmas Tortiere Poutine created by chef Jamie Kennedy. Paired with this curious—but sure to be fabulous—dish is Kennedy’s Sugar & Spice Cocktail, which should warm the bah-humbugs out of anyone. Entry to the tasting also grants you admission to the museum, which offers an intimate look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal forms of art and material culture—ceramics. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 5–7:30 p.m,, $15 at the door, cash bar.
MUSIC: With artistic director Andrew Burashko at its helm, The Art of Time Ensemble brings you “Brasil,” an evening showcasing Brazilian music, in all its unique and nuanced beauty. Presented from three different perspectives, the show starts off with Heitor Villa-Lobos‘s Bachianas Brasileiras #1, performed by eight cellists. Then, chart-topping Canadian Emilie-Claire Barlow (named Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards) will sing the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobin. The third portion of this musical tribute to the colourful rhythms of Brazil is a highly anticipated performance by Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Guinga, a multi-faceted composer, guitarist, and singer who mixes genres from samba to foxtrot to blues. Harbourfront’s Enwave Theatre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $19–$49 (available online or by calling 416-973-4000).