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Andrew’s Angels: host Andrew Johnston (centre) brings back some of Bitch Salad‘s favourite femmes for the Pride Edition, including Sara Hennessey (left), Dini Dimakos (right), and Nikki Payne (crotch). Photo by Anthony Suppa.
FESTIVAL: The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival runs all weekend at Dufferin Grove Park, far away from the hostile environs of the G20 summit. The outdoor arts, culture, and food festival will feature grilled goodies (vegetarian and otherwise) and theatre from celebrated companies both local (such as Theatre Smith-Gilmour) and visiting (Milwakuee’s The Hinterlands). Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin Street and Sylvan Avenue), 6 p.m. dinner ($6), 7 p.m. show, PWYC.
LECTURE: The Council of Canadians is building on the attention paid to the G20 talks to host an evening of activism-oriented discussion at Massey Hall. Shout Out For Global Justice will feature high profile activists—including Naomi Klein, Pablo Salon, and Maude Barlow—speaking on issues like world trade, water conservationism, and climate change. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 7 p.m., $14 members, $20 non-members.
COMEDY: The 2010 Pride Festival really ramps up next week, when the G20 fences are gone, but it officially begins today, with plenty of activities taking place over the weekend. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre will play host to many special Pride shows, including tonight’s Bitch Salad: Pride Edition. For this “solid gold” show, host and producer Andrew Johnston brings back some past audience favourites of the gals-loved-by-gays comedy night, including a set by the pop culture–skewering trio The Cheetos Girls. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $20 (partial proceeds go to the AIDS Committee of Toronto).
MUSIC: Lauren Schreiber, the acclaimed promoter behind the No Shame music series, presents a CD release for The Wilderness of Manitoba‘s new LP, When You Left the Fire. The album is already receiving very good advance reviews, and for this special release (in one of Toronto’s most acoustically pleasing venues) they’ll be joined by special guest Evening Hymns. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 8 p.m., $15.