Weekend Planner: October 8–9, 2011
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Weekend Planner: October 8–9, 2011

In this Weekend Planner: a chance to prove you have the eyes of a hawk, monsters will be on the loose at the Harbourfront Centre, Hangover Nurse hosts an art exhibit with free wine and donuts, an artist remakes sculptures from the pages of books, Brothers Speak at a massive poetry reading, the Lunacy Cabaret provides a platform for clowns and comedy, DJ Hero comes to life, and SoJay plays the Trane.

Harbourfront Centre's "monsters" need love too. Photo by Lisa Kannakko.

NATURE: There are only so many weekends left to appreciate the autumn leaves before the big bad winter swoops in. Hence, the High Park Nature Centre invites families to join them in the Hawk Watch Family Nature Walk to watch said raptors as they begin their fall migration. High Park Forest School (250 metres south of Bloor Street and High Park Avenue), Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $2.

LITTLE MONSTERS: “This is Halloween, everybody make a scene…” Now spend the rest of the day getting that song out of your head. The Harbourfront Centre is getting into the spooky spirit with HarbourKIDS: Monster, a festival dedicated to exploring the notion of “monster.” This family-friendly event promises a monster meet-and-greet, an opportunity to make your own monster, and a chance to be the star in your own monster movie [insert Wilhelm scream here]. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE.

ART: Hangover Nurse, who was featured in our Vandalist column last week, is planning an art exhibit called “Banned In America: The Hangover Nurse Story.” The show features a wide range of both Canadian and Torontonian icons, including a miniature-sized Honest Ed’s, the Portuguese Good Luck Rooster, Robin Hood Flour, the Hudson Bay blanket, and more. If that wasn’t cool enough, HN will serve free wine and donuts (until supplies run out). ARE Gallery (1581 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., FREE.

ART: Browsing with (or getting swept along with) the masses at last weekend’s Nuit Blanche, you may have missed an installation by Toronto-based artist ken nicol. “Book Works“, which is featured now in Type Queen Street’s store window, is an installation that remakes sculptures only out of their photographic representation in books. Check out the installation and then join a reception for the artist afterward. Type Books (883 Queen Street West), Saturday, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.

POETRY: When was the last time you went to a poetry reading? Was it in a coffee shop, with the speakers sporting their flat caps and smoking pipes? Perhaps the venue could hold 20 to 30 people. Imagine a poetry reading with an audience of a thousand people. The 14th Annual When Brothers Speak Spoken Word Concert, which touts itself as the largest annual showcase of black male spoken-word artists in North America, promises an evening for poetry jam enthusiasts, featuring Toronto-based award-winning poet Dwane Morgan, among many others. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.

CIRCUS: The clowns are coming! The clowns are coming! Buckle up your seatbelt for another season of Lunacy Cabaret with Centre of Gravity Circus Studios. This Saturday’s volunteer-run event features clowns, comedy, and even burlesque in a night to support Circus Without Borders—a non-profit that aims to bring light and laughter to underprivileged children. Centre of Gravity Circus Studio East (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8:30 p.m., $15.

MUSIC: Here’s a chance to dust off your “spinning” abilities and play that Daft Punk remix record that’s been gathering dust in your basement. Everyone’s a DJ is an event with a title that does not lie and lets anyone sign up for their own DJ set of 20 minutes a piece. Potential spinners must be quick at signing up though as there are only 16 spots and they go fast! Disgraceland (965 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: If you’re feeling famished after a grand Thanksgiving dinner, then how about some smooth jazz to finish the night? Local soul-jazz artist SoJay, who is joined by opening act Catherine He (six years old!), is blending genres of jazz, soul, and R&B in her upcoming show. Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street), Sunday, 8 p.m., $10.

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