Today in Toronto: celebrate the Toronto Sculpture Garden's birthday with the presentation of a new installation, listen in as best-selling author Peter James shares stories about crime, and check out Bitch Salad's all-black, all-female comedy show.
ART: The Toronto Sculpture Garden is turning 30 (we swear it doesn’t look a day over 25) and to celebrate the anniversary, Canadian artist Jed Lind will present a work called Gold, Silver & Lead. The piece is a stack of modified cars in painted steel that will rise six metres in the air. The Sculpture Garden opened in 1981 and has since featured more than 60 exhibitions. Tonight is the opening reception and the piece will be on display for one year. Toronto Sculpture Garden (115 King Street East), 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: Crime and mystery fans will likely be familiar with the work of Britain’s bestselling crime writer, Peter James. James has penned more than 25 books, including his latest, Dead Man’s Grip. He will join Toronto Star crime reporter Curtis Rush on stage tonight to trade stories about crime and participate in a Q&A and book signing. Ben McNally Bookstore (366 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Queer comedy show Bitch Salad is hitting the stage tonight with an all-black, all-female edition, called “Black to School 2: School is Black In Session.” Comedians Kellye Howard, Keesha Brownie, Zabrina Chevannes, and Crystal Ferrier will take to the stage with host Andrew Johnston. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $10.
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