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ART: Cream Tangerine Gallery, the café and art space nestled inside Queen West’s historic Great Hall, presents “Hey Babe, You’ve Got Paint On Your Elbow“. The show brings together the works of Toronto-based painters Julie Gladstone and K. Hinto. Gladstone is known for her paintings on wood panel and found objects, carving away sections to create a layered and textured effect and forming geometric grid patterns, organic forms, and aerial perspectives of maps and roads. Hinto is an abstract painter and installation artist who is also the curator and host of the Art Battle series. The show opens today and runs through April 28, with an opening reception this Saturday. Cream Tangerine Gallery (1087 Queen Street West), 10 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
YOUTH: Now in its second season and just in time for National Poetry Month, the Bam! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam is back. Young poets (ages 12–19) are invited to take the stage for three minutes to read or recite original work, which will be judged on a ten-point scale by a panel of audience members. The event, which is presented by Toronto Poetry Slam, will feature talented teenagers spouting rhyme and rhythm in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: The Morning Benders, an indie rock crew hailing from Berkeley, California, are in town to promote their recent sophomore release, Big Echo. A collection of ’60s-inspired pop rock tunes, the album was co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Lo-fi Canadian rockers Make Your Exit will join the band tonight. The show is one of a bunch of North American club gigs that The Morning Benders will play before they’ll be back in June to support Danger Mouse and James Mercer in their newest musical endeavour, Broken Bells. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West); 9 p.m.; $11.50 in advance, $13 at the door.
BENEFIT: If you have a penchant for show tunes, check out the stars of Grease: The Musical in “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow“. The show will pay tribute to the works of Stephen Sondheim while raising money for two worthwhile charities: the Actors’ Fund of Canada and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Following the one-hour performance, there will be a meet-and-greet with the cast and a live auction with Grease memorabilia, backstage tours, and tickets to the show. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West); doors at 9 p.m., performance at 11 p.m.; $20–35.