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Artist Alex Fisher gives us the creeps at Smarter Today. Photo courtesy of O’Born Contemporary.
Friday’s festivities in Urban Planner: Alex Fisher versus the machine, cervical cancer gets unmasked, Handsome Harry digs deep, and double dance parties to get your groove on.
ART: O’Born Contemporary presents a debut solo exhibition by Toronto artist Alex Fisher, officially open for business as of this morning. The York grad and U of T masters student brings the very spooky Smarter Today—a human view of futurist landscapes that explores technological advancements and machinery and their takeover of human individuality and identity. Zombie overtones are inevitable. O’Born Contemporary (131 Ossington Avenue), 11a.m.–6p.m., FREE.
FILM: Acclaimed drama Handsome Harry—starring handsome Jamey Sheridan, handsomer Aidan Quinn and maybe-not-so-handsome Steve Buscemi—premieres tonight at the Carlton. Sheridan plays a lonely Vietnam veteran with a thirty-year-old secret he shares with four Navy buddies—one on his deathbed, who convinces Harry to seek salvation for the betrayal of a gay comrade. Find out what really happened, and how it shaped the men over time. Or, even better, ask Sheridan after the show—he’ll be answering questions and signing autographs. Carlton Cinemas (20 Carlton Street), first showing at 1:15p.m., $9.
FUNDRAISER: Arm Yourself—an awareness-raising campaign sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline about cervical cancer—hosts a knowledge rally at Yonge-Dundas Square: did you know 18% of young women have received an abnormal pap? Did you know nine in ten young Canadian women have not received the cervical cancer vaccine? Did you know that awareness and education were bigger barriers than cost? Well, you do now. Go tell all your friends at the Eaton Centre. Yonge-Dundas Square, 3–4:30 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Nope, not another musical theatre listing, but this time you’re the one kicking up your heels at The Gardiner Museum’s much-anticipated Living Latin Culture: Salsa Night at the Gardiner. Complementary dance lessons, live music, special performances, workshops, snacks by Jamie Kennedy—this night has it all. Cover includes your admission to loiter around the museum (check out the Ancient Americas Gallery) and a two-for-one pass to Lula Lounge for later. Cha cha cha! The Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 6–11p.m., $15.
PARTY: Halloween is quickly approaching, so get yourself in the mood with The Rocky Horror Experience, upstairs at The Poor Alex. Starship Experience, The Grim Peaches, and a whole cast of ghoul-faced creeps will be performing the entire musical score of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And if this feels a little déjà vu following this week’s Glee, we don’t want to hear a single thing about it. Just don’t expect Uncle Jesse to attend. The Poor Alex (772A Dundas Street West), 9 p.m.–1 a.m., $10.