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Owen Pallett plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. Photo by Ryan Pfluger.
MUSIC Late last year, violin virtuoso Owen Pallett announced that he was retiring his Final Fantasy stage name, leaving R&B hit-maker Mario alone in the category of “musicians named after video games.” But don’t let the name change fool you into thinking that Pallett’s latest album, Heartland, is anything but a work of, well, elaborate fantasy; it’s a symphonic extravaganza, enhanced by backing from the Czech Philharmonic in Prague. (Our review of Heartland is here.) Tonight, Pallett, joined by Snowblink, will grace Toronto with one of his spectacular live shows. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Exhibition Place), doors 7 p.m., $25.
WORDS: There are times when a book affects you so profoundly that you are compelled share it with others. Luckily, the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading month includes an event for precisely that purpose. Tonight, come to the Toronto Reference Library armed with a copy of a favourite book (hopefully an extra copy), and prepare to swap it for favourites from other readers, including authors Pasha Malla and Zoe Whittall, and Fucked Up‘s Damian Abraham. The evening will be moderated by Misha Glouberman, host of the monthly Trampoline Hall lectures. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Since the ’70s, feminists such as Andrea Dworkin, Gloria Steinem, and Adrienne Rich have bashed pornography, accusing the form of objectifying women, eliciting violence against women, and promoting unhealthy sexual expectations. The Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards, now in its fifth year, aims to highlight how porn can be both constructive and empowering for women, honouring members of the adult entertainment industry that strive to make feminist, sex-positive adult films. The awards themselves will be held tomorrow, but tonight, indulge in Provocative Public/Porn, a special screening of some of the best feminist porn of 2009, featuring work by Tristan Taormino, Shine Louise Houston, Nica Noelle, and April Flores. A roundtable discussion about porn and feminism, moderated by local burlesque queen Coco La Creme, will follow the screening. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $12 or $25 for combo tickets to both the screening and awards.
ART: Today, Torontoist favourite The Department will premiere “Harmonizing Forces,” a new show by Colombian sculptural artist Miler Lagos, running until April 25. The Bogotá-based Lagos specializes in using compressed paper and sculpted foam to create objects that simulate wood and cast bronze formations, destabilizing our ideas of nature, production, and creation. His exhibition is presented by AB Projects, a cultural exchange platform promoting collaboration and communication between artists living in Canada and Latin America. An opening reception will be held tonight with the artist in attendance. The Department (1389 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.