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FASHION: Now in its fifth year, |FAT| Alternative Arts and Fashion Week continues to help develop Toronto into an international beacon for style culture. Both emerging and established Canadian and international designers will showcase their latest styles that were “Made With Love” during more than forty runway shows. Some names to look for include Jasper Garvida, Evan Biddell, Hyun Yeu, and Kirsty Mckenzie. The festival, which closes on Sunday with a fashion market, will also showcase other areas connected to fashion: music, photography, film, installation art, and performance. Liberty Village Studio City (1 Pardee Avenue); 6 p.m.–1 a.m.; day pass $25, festival pass $70.
MEETING: Transit talks continue today with an event organized by the newly formed Public Transit Coalition. The group, which serves as an umbrella group for those concerned about Toronto’s public transit, is hoping to pack City Hall at tonight’s launch. The aim of the meeting is to convey the importance of saving Transit City from its multi-billion-dollar funding cuts under the McGuinty government’s provincial budget. The group is also unveiling a new public transit pledge for elected officials and candidates to express their support for fully funded, affordable, and rapid transit. If you are a concerned citizen but can’t attend tonight’s meeting, consider taking action via phone or email. Council Chambers, City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: In the spirit of “Intersections: Art and Fashion”, Dr. John Potvin, from the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music, will present a talk this evening, speaking to his latest co-edited volume, Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity. Potvin’s talk will be complemented by a selection of etchings and mezzotints from the AGO’s collection by French painter and printmaker James J. Tissot. Also on at the gallery tonight (7–8:30 p.m.) is Poets Spell Art, which coincides with International Poetry Month. Toronto’s Poet Laureate Dionne Brand will be joined by several authors to read poems inspired by pieces from the AGO’s collection. Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Study Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $12–18.
MUSIC: After nearly two decades, Trans Am is still putting it in gear with their brand of ambient and futuristic—albeit ’80s-inspired—synth-rock. The Maryland trio, billed as “indie math rockers”, are in town to promote the release of their ninth album, Thing. The album, which includes twelve tracks with a kitschy space theme, was said to originally be slated as the soundtrack for a sci-fi film. Portland’s Nice Nice will be going back to the future with Trans Am tonight by opening the show. Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door.