In today's Urban Planner: Dead Saints at the Zero Film Festival; Hop Fu headline the launch of Infinite Kung Fu; you could headline Hip Hop Karaoke; and improvisers and storytellers share the bill at True Stories, Made Up Plays.
FILM FESTIVAL: The Zero Film Festival, a pop-up fest originating in New York that’s highlighted locally made film in London and Los Angeles as well, opened in Toronto last night with a screening of locally shot and locally financed feature film Dead Saints. Tonight, more than a dozen shorts screen, with award-winning international entries mixed in with made-in-T.O. gems. 918 Bathurst (918 Bathurst Street), 7 p.m.—10 p.m., $10.
STORIES ‘N’ IMPROV: True Stories, Made Up Plays mashes up (perhaps slightly embellished) real-life tales told by a curated selection of storytellers (this edition includes Arianne Shaffer, Robert Ariss Hills, and Sage Tyrtle) mixed in with made-up-on-the-spot presentations by improv teams Big in Japan and Bat Eyes and solo improviser Jess Grant. The Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
HIP HOP: Hip Hop Karaoke‘s third time in Yonge-Dundas Square just may be the biggest opportunity yet for hip hop fans to get up and spit rhymes in front of a crowd in the centre of the city, as the popular karaoke party is the main event at Indie Fridays tonight. Providing live DJs to skratch out your favourite classic rap beats, and hosted by veteran Toronto poet-warriors Abdominal and More or Les, this event gives you the chance, if you have the swagger and the vocal skills, to get up on stage and pay homage to your favourite songs—or show off your own rhymes. Yonge-Dundas Square, 8 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
HOP FU: To celebrate the launch of graphic artist Kagan McLeod‘s Infinite Kung Fu, a weighty collection of his popular web and comic series, multimedia mash-up artists Hop Fu, skratch champions from NYC, are playing a headline set, scoring the classic Shaw Brothers flick Super Ninjas. There’ll also be a Q&A with McLeod and interviewer Chip Zdarsky and a satellite store set-up by popular Toronto comic shop The Beguiling. Revival (783 College Street), doors at 8:30 p.m. Q&A at 9 p.m., headliners at 11 p.m., $5 (or free with book purchase.)
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