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Jenny Slate in a Literary Death Match final, firing fake vegetarian silly string into Jonathan Safran Foer’s mouth. Photo by Clinton Bradhagen, courtesy of Todd Zuniga.
In today’s Urban Planner: support your local artists and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at their cocktail reception and silent auction fundraiser; watch writers duke it out for the top literary spot; marvel at rare vintage Bollywood cinematic showcards; and witness Laura Barrett’s return to the Toronto music scene.
ART: The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition celebrates its 50th year showcasing local arts and crafts. More than 20,000 artists have taken part in the annual event since its inception, don’t know you? The 50 Years of Art Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser will kick off this year’s festivities with a retrospective exhibit, and all proceeds from the tickets will go to support the free TOAE showcases every July at Nathan Phillips Square. FCP Arts and Events Gallery, First Canadian Place (100 King Street West), 6 p.m., $50.
LITERATURE: Literary Death Match is a hilarious literature reading series in which four emerging and acclaimed authors perform their most exciting written work in seven minutes or less for the live audience as well as three American Idol–like judges. The favourites will advance to the final round, when hijinks such as laser tag duels take over. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $8.
ART: Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s is a collection of rare early Bollywood cinematic art presented by the Institute of Contemporary Culture (ICC) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). It coincides with the debut of the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Toronto, as well as part of the Indian Commission in Ottawa’s Year of India in Canada campaign. The exhibit explores the melding of Eastern and Western pop culture, with a preview reception tonight. The exhibit officially opens on June 11. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Selina Martin Triage (comprised of Annelise Noronha, Kevin Lacroix, and Selina Martin) and Laura Barrett (a sometime member of the Hidden Cameras), will take the stage for some quirky eclectic sounds tonight, having recently returned to the city after spending some time on the West Coast. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.