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Spacing makes a spectacle tonight at the El Mo with the launch of their new issue, above.
Two parties, one Mortal Kombat tournament, and a festival goes straight to hell.
FILM: On the seventh day of the seventh month (a.k.a. today, chump), the Toronto Underground Cinema is holding a sinfully seductive festival celebrating the seven deadly sins. There are your regular seven—that’s pride, sloth, gluttony, wrath, lust, greed, and envy (off the top of our heads, promise)—and, of course, David Fincher’s Brad Pitt–y thriller Se7en to get you in the mood. Clerks, Clueless, There Will Be Blood, Showgirls, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Death Wish 3, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to follow in the days to come. (A fun morning match-up game for a boring Wednesday at work? You’re welcome!) Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $8 ($14 for a double bill).
PARTY: Spacing has done it again with the release of their Spectacle Issue, which looks at crazy events—parades, protests, hangings, street characters, and riots (ah, memories)—that have filled Toronto streets over its history. Also, part of doing it again would be the accompanying magazine release party at El Mocambo, complete with mags, merchandise, classic Spacing subway buttons, and cheeky “I survived the Toronto earthquake” pins. There’ll be music, literary-inclined city folk, and an array of party games available to make, well, a spectacle of yourself. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m., $10 (includes copy of magazine) or $5 for current subscribers.
PARTY: Busty ArtStars* critic Nadja Sayej and illustrator extraordinaire Sarah Lazarovic (who’s majorly knocked up, but that’s not stopping her) are hosting the first anniversary of Press Pass at the Press Club—the official home of drunken journalists for one solid, though hazy year. Tonight’s special guest is super-agent Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory, who will totally publish your smutty memoir if you buy him a gin and tonic. But be warned, party animals: drinks and photographers are aplenty, so try to keep it together this time around. The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.
PLAY: Get over here and relive your gaming glory days with a Mortal Kombat II tournament—played on the Super Nintendo, of course, because the second MK game on the SNES featured real blood, not that pouring grey sweat. Dig out the old system and get in a few rounds of practice, then head to 751 on Wednesday night to find out if your twelve-year-old self really was that good with Raiden, or if your loser friends just sucked at MKII. Honour is the winner’s prize, as is getting absolutely hammered (the invite says so). Also, don’t bring back the Sub-Zero floor freeze/ice beam combo. That was a cheap move when you were twelve, and it’s still cheap today. 751 (751 Queen Street West), round-robin tourney starts at 11:30 p.m., FREE.
FRINGE: Overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the Fringe Festival? Daunted by the overflowing programme? We are here to help! Our guide to some of the very best of this year’s Fringe shows will help you have a better festival experience.