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Fool’s Gold gets you dancing tonight at the El Mocambo. Photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR.
Gloomy poetry in the park, nipple tassels galore, greasy burgers, and a sweaty dance party: best Wednesday ever?
READING: Stop by the Annex’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Park—a cute-as-a-button community green space dedicated to the Toronto writer and poet—for tonight’s re-opening of the recently redesigned space. Check out the bronze bust of the tragic figure (between novels, MacEwen had a nasty booze habit and succumbed to alcoholism complications at forty-six). In honour of the occasion, Coach House author Claudia Dey—whose play about MacEwen was nominated for a Governor General Award—will be reading one of MacEwen’s poems. Gwendolyn MacEwen Park (Lowther Avenue and Walmer Road), 12–2 p.m., FREE, RSVP here.
FESTIVAL: Great news, pervs: anything goes at the Toronto Burlesque Festival, premiering tonight and running through to Sunday—if you can last that long. It all kicks off tonight at the Gladstone for the Early Show: Naked Girls Reading Science Fiction (pervs, bring your nerd friends). Following this, catch the international film premiere of Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, a documentary exploring the tantalizing world of the new NYC burlesque. The stars convene in sequins and feathers after the show for a sneak Q&A period. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), doors open at 6:30 p.m., $135 for a festival pass.
FILM: You provide the snacks, Harbourfront Centre provides the entertainment at the popular outdoor Free Flicks film series. With Longo’s on board, this year’s theme is food, and this week’s film is Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me. If you didn’t catch it the first time, documentary filmmaker Spurlock vows to chow only on McDonald’s every day for a month—with disturbing and disastrous results to both health and spirit. Double points if you bring—and somehow manage to stomach—a Big Mac meal. Harbourfront Centre at Sirius Stage (235 Queens Quay West), 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Los Angeles collective Fool’s Gold are a rambunctious crew who weave western ’80s pop with African rhythms and melodies (everything from Congolese to Ethiopian to Malian). Fool’s Gold is the project of two young musicians—vocalist/bassist Luke Top and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov—who, with their posse of pals and collaborators, create a unique interplay of simple soul melodies with an addictive rhythmic backdrop. Oh, and expect some dancing, too—of course, the inclusive group includes the audience. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 9:30–11:30 p.m., $10 at Rotate This.