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ROBOTS: They predicted this decades ago: the year 2010 would bring sophisticated robots that could dance, paint, play tug-of-war, and duke it out sumo-style. Since 1992, tech-savvy robot designers—from OCAD artists to local high-school students—have geared up for the annual Sumo Robot Challenge. This year’s fusion of cybernetics and art will feature homemade robots of all shapes and sizes competing for prizes based on performance and audience popularity. All proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for OCAD students. Ontario College of Art and Design (100 McCaul Street); Saturday 1:30–4 p.m.; adults $5, students $2, children FREE.
ART: New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), the local organization dedicated to promoting electroacoustic and experimental sound art, is hosting two artist salons this month. The first in the series, “From Point A to Point B: The Sonic Landscape So Far,” will feature Canadian composer and sound artist Micheline Roi. She will discuss her work and play a selection of compositions including Of Experiential Fruit for solo piano, Of Breath and Touch for clarinet and percussion, Bearing for mixed ensemble, and Tengo que Decir for orchestra and recorded media. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, Studio 252), Saturday 1–4 p.m., PWYC.
SALE: Rack up some funky bargains and one-of-a-kind treasures at the semi-annual Vintage Clothing and Textile Show. Vendors will be selling everything from snap-brim hats and rhinestone earrings to platform shoes and beaded flapper frocks. In addition to the clothing and accessories, there will also be vintage textiles such as quilts, linens, laces, and samplers for sale. Partial proceeds from the event will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society. CNIB Centre (1929 Bayview Avenue), Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: Bedouin Soundclash front man Jay Malinowski launched his solo music career last month with the release of Bright Lights and Bruises, a collection of introspective folk-rock tunes reflecting on tumultuous times. Joining him on this solo tour is West Coast songstress Kinnie Starr, who is on the road to support a new record of her own, A Different Day. Malinowski recently told AUX TV that he’s taking a break and venturing out on his own after feeling “disengaged and disenfranchised” with Bedouin. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the band, though—the boys will be playing in town next Friday as part of Canadian Music Week. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), Saturday 8 p.m., $15.
KIDS: Let’s Talk Science is an organization that’s dedicated to making science fun and interesting for children, and that’s just what volunteers will be doing as part of a hands-on/minds-on workshop. The session, which is intended for families with children ages six through twelve, will focus on ecosystems with young scientists designing their own “super animal.” J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, U of T (1 King’s College Circle), Sunday 2–4 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Naked Girls Reading is celebrating its first anniversary and making a Canadian debut this weekend. The sensual series began in Chicago last year and has since turned heads and pages—everything from science fiction to holiday classics—across the United States. The event will include local girls from Skin Tight Outta Sight, along with a couple of anchorwomen from The Naked News, disrobing and lulling guests with bedtime stories. The launch will also include a special appearance from the woman to thank, creator of the series and neo-burlesque queen, Michelle L’amour. The show will be followed by an after-party ($5) featuring the “hillbilly rockabilly jive” of Tennessee Voodoo Coupe. The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue), Sunday 7–10 p.m., $15 or $25 for a couple. Tickets available online.