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Nest Redux gets conceptual at Winchester Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Toronto Dance Theatre.
FOOD: As part of Korea’s efforts to globalize their grub, Korean food makes a push for popularity in the mainstream Canadian public at the Korean Food Products & Beverages Exhibition today (and tomorrow) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Besides the food, there will be traditional drum and dance ensembles, cooking shows and competitions, painting, and even a demonstration of a traditional Korean wedding. But mostly, go for the food—we’re sick of always ordering pad Thai. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 6 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Satisfy your repressed tweenibopper self tonight by getting deep with Taylor Swift—’cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them. The moon-faced pop sensation is, like, way over being dumped by a Jonas brother and has been riding high since her second album scored a Grammy. She’ll be spreading words of wisdom to gushy girls and their approving cool-moms at the ACC. We’ll admit it, she’s pretty good, but Beyoncé had the best video of all time. Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street), 7:00 p.m., $94–$104.
MUSIC: Meanwhile, just across town, shock-rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will be rockin’ out to a very different tune. Proving heavy metal won’t die, their Gruesome Twosome Tour features headbanging, black eye makeup, fake blood and, yes, Alice brought his trusty guillotine. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 8 p.m., $40–$85.
DANCE: It’s opening night for Toronto Dance Theatre’s Nest Redux at the Winchester. Choreographed by Toronto’s own Christopher House, Nest Redux is a fresh take on the original Nest—a whimsical interpretive dance party exploring the twists and turns of the creative process. Nest Redux does that and a little more, using ten dancers, body painting, and a goldfish. That’s “layers upon layers of artistic subtext,” says the Globe and Mail, so prepare to be confused in all the right ways. Toronto Dance Theatre, Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street), 8 p.m., $26 or $20 for students.
FILM: Catch the newest cult classic The Room tonight at The Royal. Director Tommy Wiseau—though he quadruples up as the writer, producer, and star—tells the tortured tale of a love triangle between a couple and his best friend. Sound not too bad? You’re so wrong. Shots that go in and out of focus, Wiseau’s harlequin novel physique and thick Schwarzenegger accent, and nonsensical sub-plots have this would-be flop hailed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly. Haters throw plastic spoons and scream the film’s best worst lines: ”You are tearing me apart, Lisa!” Good luck keeping a straight face. The Royal (608 College Street), 11:30 p.m., $12.