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In today’s Urban Planner: the newest in Japanese indie films, a recreation of an Asian night market, an outdoor showing of a kick-ass action flick, and the teaser opening night show for a burlesque festival.
FILM: Japan has produced many cutting-edge filmmakers, so the Third Annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival should be a good bet to see new J-horrors, documentaries, and much more. The world “shinsedai” refers to the “new generation” in Japanese, and this festival is a chance to see the best in new and independent Japanese films. The festival runs until July 24. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court), various showtimes, single tickets $10–$12, Deluxe Festival Pass $105.
MARKET: Recreating the excitement of Asian night markets, the Second Annual T&T Waterfront Night Market will have Asian food and culture stalls, as well as entertainment. The success of last year’s event has led to almost twice an many vendor stalls at this year’s market. There will be more than 150 stalls serving a range of Asian delicacies, drinks, and goods. The more adventurous foodies should try the stinky tofu or the chicken feet. The market runs in the evenings from today to July 24. Parking lot, T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry Street), 6 p.m.–midnight, FREE.
FILM: The Toronto After Dark Film Festival and the Open Roof Festival present a screening of Kick-Ass, a future cult-classic about a comic-book fan who decides to become a superhero with a scuba suit, a new identity, but no real superpowers. Watch for Nicolas Cage in one of his better roles in the last few years. Local power-pop band Running Red Lights opens the show. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street), band at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m., $15.
BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: The Great Canadian Burlesque, the opening night show of the Fourth Annual Toronto International Burlesque Festival takes place at Mitzi’s Sister in the west end. This year’s theme, Canadiana-Rama features girls, sequins, silk, sparkle, and true patriot love. The festival runs until July 24 at various venues. Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.