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Nuit Blanche returns this weekend for Toronto’s favourite art party. Photo by Miles Storey/Torontoist.
This weekend, Windfest blows in the breeze, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival kicks off, Nuit Blanche transforms Toronto, David Sedaris delights at Massey Hall, Shameless launches its latest issue, and Exhibit Change seeks ideas for greening Ward 27.
FESTIVAL: In the immortal words of Mary Poppins, let’s go fly a kite. WindFest, Canada’s largest kite festival, will take advantage of autumn’s blustery weather to celebrate both the art of kite flying and the potential offered by wind power. A number of kite-enthusiast groups will perform dazzling demonstrations, including the Windjammers International Kite Team. The festival will also feature kite-making workshops, hands-on kids’ activities about clean energy and wind power, a kite hospital for injured kites, and children’s drag racing. Woodbine Beach (Ashbridges Bay at the foot of Coxwell Avenue), Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Palestinian cinema got its start a little later than the rest of the world—the first Palestinian film was made in 1935—but the culture has more than made up for its tardy infancy. The Toronto Palestine Film Festival, running from today until October 8, celebrates the vibrancy of Palestinian film and music. On Saturday, the Bloor Cinema will screen Elia Suleiman‘s semi-autobiographical The Time That Remains, documenting Palestine since 1948. (Bloor Cinema [506 Bloor Street West], Saturday 11 a.m., $10.) Sunday will ring in the festival with a traditional Palestinian breakfast, followed by a panel discussion on contemporary Palestinian cinema and its future, featuring Wedding in Galilee director Michel Khleifi and Amreeka producer Christina Piovesan. Beit Zatoun (612 Markham Street); breakfast: Sunday 11 a.m., panel: Sunday 3 p.m.; breakfast: $15, panel: FREE.
NUIT BLANCHE: For the fifth year in a row, Toronto will sparkle from sunset to sunrise as Nuit Blanche transforms the city into a canvas of public art installations. With three art zones, 130 exhibits, and thousands of coffee-charged Torontonians running amok through the streets, it’s sure to be a glorious party. With so much art and so little time, you’ll have to choose your sights carefully, so be sure to check out Torontoist’s Nuit Blanche guide for the inside scoop on what to see. In the meantime, to commemorate the festival’s fifth anniversary, there are several Nuit Talks being held, including a panel discussion with Nuit Blanche curators past and present, moderated by MOCCA‘s David Liss. Nuit Talk: Jackman Hall, AGO (317 Dundas Street West), Nuit Blanche: everywhere; Nuit Talk: Saturday 3 p.m., Nuit Blanche: Saturday sunset to sunrise; Both: FREE.
WORDS: In his essay collections, David Sedaris might be detailing his stint as a shopping mall Christmas elf, recounting his visit to a nudist colony, or describing the wacky hijinks of growing up among four borderline-insane sisters (including
Jerri Blank Amy) and a brother known as The Rooster. Whatever the story, Sedaris’s droll, measured, and quietly incredulous voice has brought side-splitting laughter to millions of readers. Unlike most of his previous work, which is autobiographical, his latest book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, is a collection of fables about animals finding themselves in unusual adult situations. This weekend, Sedaris visits Massey Hall for an intimate and no doubt hilarious evening of readings and anecdotes. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), Saturday 8 p.m., $32–$52.
WORDS: Shameless isn’t your average teen magazine. You won’t find any stick-thin models or “how to win your crush” guides. Instead, the magazine is devoted to promoting an inclusive feminism, marked by smart, relevant articles about different types of oppression, gender identity and sexual orientation, politics, arts, and plenty of other topics that impact today’s generation of young women and trans youth. The magazine’s latest issue—the cycling issue—will be launched this weekend, marked by a party featuring music from Allie Hughes and DJ Maggie McDonald, as well as bike-related prizes and goodies from Dandyhorse, Bike Sauce, and the Toronto Cyclists Union. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), Sunday 3–6 p.m., $5 (includes a copy of the new issue).
GREEN SPACE: Ward 27 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale) sits at the centre of the city, and with longtime councillor Kyle Rae stepping down and fifteen candidates vying for his seat, the ward is full of potential for revitalization. Exhibit Change, a design-driven community engagement think tank, has organized an event called Greening Ward 27 that will bring community members and council candidates together to discuss possible greening opportunities to an already thriving area of the city. The event, which will involve collaborative brainstorming, hopes to bring the interests of all the ward’s stakeholders to the forefront. The 519 Church Street Community Centre (519 Church Street), Saturday 3–5 p.m., FREE.