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Beth (Kristen McGregor, left) and Dot (Megan Fraser, right) with a lucky winner at Bingo: The Show. Photo courtesy of Kristen McGregor.
Happening this weekend: cult film fest kicks off, slow dancers sway, Pedestrian Sunday goes dark, Gameboys make beautiful music, bingo meets improv, and SummerWorks continues!
FILM: It’s that time of year when ghouls and goblins descend upon Bloor Cinema for the genre orgy that is the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. This weekend kicks off eight nights of cult insanity, with this year boasting a lineup of guests that includes filmmaker and notorious basterd Eli Roth. Saturday’s schedule is a tribute to the zombie-loving masses with British zom-com Doghouse and gory Greek action Evil in the Time of Heroes. Sunday offers Swiss sci-fi flick Cargo, Sundance crowd-pleasing stoner comedy High School, and the indescribably bizarre Japanese gore-fest RoboGeisha. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), various times, $13 ($8 for patrons dressed as zombies on Saturday).
DANCE: It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes and practice your two-step, because the folks at Slowdancers of the World Unite are rolling back into Toronto to hold the latest in their traveling slow dance revival project, A Midsummer’s Slow Dance Night. Attendees will be provided with dance cards listing the evening’s repertoire of slow songs and encouraged to approach other attendees, including a small coterie of sash-clad “designated dancers”. Queer, senior, and couple friendly. Costumes not required, but always happily encouraged. Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road), Saturday 9 pm, $10.
STREET: Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sunday is going unplugged this weekend to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Great Toronto Blackout. All performers are going acoustic and contributors are offering up community meals to reminisce on the time when the city was united in their exile from electricity. The jury’s still out on exactly what “kid-powered fun” means, though. Kensington Market, Sunday 12–7 pm, FREE.
MUSIC: People have been making all sorts of crazy music in Toronto lately, and the new collaborative-space kids on the block Site 3 are joining the party. Recently formed with the mandate of exploring the intersections of art and technology, Site 3’s pilot workshop revolves around everyone’s favourite bit of retro tech: the Gameboy. Chiptunes is a format of geek-chic music utilizing video game tech to make music (look for plenty of it in a certain movie out this weekend) which instructors Jonathan Guberman and jefftheworld are eager to teach you. Bring your own Gameboy or borrow a loaner, and let these console composers show you how to make sweet two-bit music. Site 3 (718R Ossington Avenue), Sunday 1–5 pm, $40-$85.
COMEDY: If you’re an average citizen with normal opinions, then you are of the mindset that bingo would be an infinitely more enjoyable game if it were funny. Lucky for you the previous Fringe hit Bingo: The Show is back with Bingo: The Show: The Comeback: The Benefit Show. Real bingo, real prizes, and real laughs abound as Dot, Beth, and Harvey return with a comedic who’s who of guests to raise money for their fire-ravaged church in this interactive semiscripted comedy. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Sunday 7:30 pm, PWYC.
THEATRE: SummerWorks is going strong, and will be filling several venues with thespian goodness this weekend. Overwhelmed by choice? Our cheat sheet does the heavy lifting and highlights the best of the festival for you. Oh, and don’t miss your chance to check out Redheaded Stepchild by Torontoist’s own Johnnie Walker, which has been eliciting some rave reviews of its own! Various times and locations, $10.