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The cast of The Great War return to lampoon a dark period in Canadian history with style and aplomb. Photo by Michael Cooper.
Today in Toronto: The Book Revue takes on Atticus Finch, The Great War returns, Toronto’s authors get spooky, some Simpsons Halloween trivia, and an improv tribute to Stephen King.
FILM: The Revue Cinema is taking the classics out for a spin in this month’s incarnation of their innovative Book Revue series, which invites cinephiles to view and discuss films adapted from works of literature. On the docket for October is To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Mulligan’s 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s legendary novel. The Revue’s screening celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, and features the film debut of Robert Duvall and a performance by Gregory Peck that landed Atticus Finch the prestigious spot of the American Film Institute’s greatest movie hero of the twentieth century. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: Just in time for Remembrance Day, VideoCabaret is remounting their previously sold-out staging of Michael Hollingsworth’s The Great War. The innovative performance takes a satirical look at Canada’s involvement in the First World War, in which seven actors play over forty characters from this dark period of our nation’s history. For more details on the project, check out Johnnie Walker’s review of VideoCabaret’s previous installation in the series, Laurier. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
WORDS: Whilst the IFOA’s hard-boiled noir series focuses on crimes and creative morality for the evening, Toronto’s indie literati have decide to hold their own tribute to the nail-biting genres. Hosted by Broken Pencil, The Puritan, The Ossington, and a fourth mysterious benefactor, the Cloverfield Festival of Authors will offer readings by a wide array of talented authors. In addition to books there will be dancing, candy, and costumes—the latter of which will get you in without cover! The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 8–10 p.m., $3.
TRIVIA: What does Homer get for free with the purchase of a possessed Krusty doll? What can be found on Candy Apple Island? What do no beer and no TV make Homer “go”? If you know the answers to these seasonally appropriate questions, then you may want to mosey on down to the Halloween edition of the popular new Simpsons trivia series! Now in its new home at the Gladstone Hotel, the event invites groups of up to six friends to pit their cartoon knowledge against other enthusiasts for delicious prizes. In keeping with theme, there will also be an award for the best Simpsons costume—may we recommend Kang and Kodos? Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: If spooky authors and chilling trivia weren’t enough to get you into a Halloween state of mind, how about a little creepy comedy? A team of ambitious comics are getting into the holiday spirit with a long-form improv tribute to the master of horror himself at the Stephen King Experiment. How hard can it be to wring comedic gold from murderous cars, reanimated pets, and Tim Curry in a clown outfit? Well, probably not that last one—that’s just straight-up terrifying. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., FREE.