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ART: The beloved Winnipeg band The Weakerthans has a history of adorning their albums with the work of noteworthy Canadian artists: Jake Moore, Marcel Dzama, and Simon Hughes. This time around, they’ve employed one of their own: bassist Greg Smith. His paintings, which are inspired by the band’s music and live performances, are featured in the album artwork for The Weakerthans’ new hometown live album and DVD, Live at The Burton Cummings Theatre. Today marks the opening of Smith’s month-long exhibition, which comes on the heels of yesterday’s album release. Following tonight’s opening reception, the exhibition is open on weekends only or by appointment. The Sixth (1642 Queen Street West), 8–11 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: If you’re in search of something to get you through the mid-week slump and to tantalize your temporal lobe, U of T’s Munk Centre for International Studies is inviting members of the public to take part in its ongoing lecture series, which features scholars and practitioners addressing global issues. Today’s program includes “Crafting an enduring social controversy: Vaccination and English law in the compulsion years, 1853–1898” as part of the CPHS Lupina Seminar Series, “The Imponderable Weight of the Dead: Life, Finitude, and Future in an Amazon Forest” as part of the Latin American Studies Luncheon Series, and “The Textual Construction of Identity in the City Spaces of Bombay” as part of the Asian Institute PhD Seminar Series. Attendees are asked to register online. Munk Centre for International Studies (1 Devonshire Place); 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 12–2 p.m., 4–6 p.m.; FREE.
GARDENING: In the spirit of supporting new ideas that tackle social, environmental, economic, and cultural challenges, the Centre for Social Innovation is hosting a sprouting workshop this evening. Participants will learn tips, tricks, and techniques for sprouting both earth-grown (sunflower, wheatgrass, and pea shoots) and hydroponic (bean mix, alfalfa, and broccoli) sprouts. Soon enough, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of watching the first signs of life emerge from previously dormant seeds and find yourself with a year-round windowsill garden that houses pots of fresh sprouts just waiting to be added to your favourite sandwiches and salads. Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue), 7–9 p.m., $40. Pre-registration required.
ART: The Post-it note is a humble office item that seems to have made its way into contemporary art with Doodle Masterpiece, a project hosted by Centennial College‘s Fine Arts Studio Program. Students are sticking together and taking pen to three-inch paper square as a fundraiser for the college’s program. Hundreds of Post-it creations—from still life to comics—will be on sale for a mere two dollars a piece. Centennial College (951 Carlaw Avenue), 7–9 p.m., FREE.