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FRINGE: Although the Toronto Fringe opened officially on Wednesday, today’s the first full-day schedule, with performances beginning at noon and running until after 11 p.m. Among the high profile shows opening tonight: Beefy Geek and Bash’d co-creator Chris Craddock’s new one-man show Public Speaking, local improvisational maestros (and natty dressers) The National Theatre of the World‘s Carnegie Hall, and faux-German punk rockers Die Roten Punkte‘s show Kunst Rock, which is also the name of their new album (the video for the first single is embedded above). The video’s director Jonno Katz‘s one-man show Cactus: The Seduction also opens this afternoon. Various venues and times, all shows $10 or less; visit the Toronto Fringe website for details. Torontoist’s Fringe guide is coming later this week.
MUSIC: Yonge-Dundas Square and Virgin Mobile hold free concerts every Friday in the square as part of the Global Grooves series. Tonight’s act, Tambura Rosa, features flamenco and belly dancers, a full gypsy string orchestra, and an afro-latin percussion section. It certainly sounds like the band will be up for the task of providing enough colourful entertainment to distract from the square’s omnipresent glowing video ads. Yonge-Dundas Square, 8–10 p.m., FREE.
PRIDE: The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom will be partying extra late tonight, courtesy of the extended 4 a.m. last call that was denied to Wrongbar. Among the many DJs and dance spectacles scheduled for the Queer Lies: Trashed Alterna-Pride Dance Party, the night will also feature the live debut of Light Fires, a new collaborative project from Gentleman Reg and James Bunton (of Ohbijou). Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 10 p.m.–4 a.m., $10.