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Indie rockers Spoon will be playing the Sound Academy tonight alongside Deerhunter and The Strange Boys. Photo by kk+.
MUSIC: Tonight, indie rock royalty Spoon are in town to help kick off what looks to be a lineup of amazing spring concerts, full of acts both big and small. The Austin, Texas, natives are in Toronto after performing in their hometown at the South By Southwest Music Festival. They’re touring in support of their latest well-received jangly rock album, Transference, and on this stop they’re joined by fellow Austin band The Strange Boys and Pitchfork darlings Deerhunter. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 7:30 p.m., $32.50–$41.50.
TOWN HALL: Despite our progressive laws, violence against women is still a sad reality in Canada. Due to some recent high-profile murders within the GTA South Asian community, violence within immigrant families has become an especially hot topic in the press. CBC Radio 1 is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the issue of family violence within the GTA South Asian communities, covering the stereotypes and misconceptions that people hold when they see these stories in the news. Turning Point will see Metro Morning host Matt Galloway moderate a discussion between a panel of community activists including Farrah Khan, Baldev Mutta, and Aruna Papp. Portions of the discussion will be broadcast tomorrow on Metro Morning and Here and Now. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), FREE.
THEATRE: Kyogen is a centuries-old form of traditional Japanese theatre, and contrary to its more serious counterpart, noh, its main goal is making people laugh. Tonight the Yamamoto Kyogen Company will make their only Canadian stop while on their North American tour at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Their performance will include the exuberant facial expressions and highly skilled vocal styling typical of the tradition. No worries if you don’t speak the language, there will be English subtitles. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court), 7 p.m., $30 ($25 for JCCC members and students).
COMEDY: Instead of sitting at home, sans pants, surfing through funny YouTube videos, why don’t you put some pants on and join Pirate Video Cabaret for a mix of live comedy and video shorts (not unlike the videos you would be watching at home anyway). Tonight’s lineup features comedians Jo-Anna Downey, Alana Johnston, Chris Locke, Ron Sparks, Matt Watts, and Dawn Whitwell, with videos by Jay Malone and others. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), $5.