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A combatant delivers a pillow piledriver at a previous Pillow Fight League match. Photo by Ari Segal.
This weekend brought to you by vintage clothing swaps, decennial databases, east end comedy, no-mercy pillow fights, swashbuckling silent films, and the end of a festival.
SWAP: It’s bound to be an all-out fashion frenzy at Uber-SWAP, a fashion exchange being put on by indie Leslieville boutique Nathalie-Roze & Co. Contribute a bag of clean and undamaged second hand items and you can walk away with as many new wearables as you can carry. In addition to the variety of vintage, swappers can peruse a mini eco-mart featuring homemade and recycled wares from local vendors. Leftover items will be donated to the Yonge Street Mission’s thrift shop Double Take. Queen East Presbyterian Church (947 Queen Street East), Saturday 12 p.m., $5 in advance, $7 at the door, plus clothing contribution.
WIKI: Remember those days when matters of fleeting curiosity would lead to tiresome thumbing through bound volumes of lore, or worse yet, go completely unanswered? Neither do we, which is why we’re so grateful for the limitless store of useful and useless information that is Wikipedia. The expansive, collaborative database is officially turning ten years old this weekend, and a few diligent info junkies have gotten together to throw our city’s own anniversary party. Come on out and argue over contested articles with your fellow digressive hypertexters over a pint. Beer Bistro (18 King Street East), 5 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: In a push to prove that comedy exists east of the Rivoli, a team of comics are descending on Dominion on Queen for a night of east end laughs. Shannon Laverty hosts Nikki Payne, Chuck Byrn, Ted Morris and more, with proceeds going to benefit the Toronto Humane Society. Reservations recommended. Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East), Saturday 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
SPORTS: Dinah Mite, Apocalipstick, Eva Dead, and all of your favourite Pillow Fight League gladiatrixes are ready for 2011—and they’re coming out swinging. The first tournament of the year will set the feathers flying as these attacking amazons go to the mat for the title. Even those naysayers who decry the fine art of pillow fighting as a rehearsed soap opera will be changing their tunes after a few rounds in the suicide seats. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), Saturday 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
FILM: Need a bit of peace and quiet in which to nurse that Sunday hangover? Step into the Revue Cinema‘s tribute to a bygone era: Silent Sundays. This Sunday will see high adventure in the Orient (back when it was called the Orient) with The Thief of Bagdad, featuring Douglas Fairbanks and a flying carpet. The classic fantasy film will be accompanied by pianist William O’Meara and is presented by Silent Toronto. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), Sunday 4 p.m., $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
THEATRE: It’s the closing weekend of the Next Stage Theatre Festival, and some shows have already begun selling out! Don’t miss your last chance to see these performances from Fringes past. Feel free to consult our handy guide to the festival to help maximize your experience.