In today's UP: learn to be an (Art)Star; Treehouse Talks looks at brains, citizenship, and speed-prophecy; cabaret at You Are Here; funny East Side ladies Represent; Skin Tight Outta Sight's Valentine burlesque; and loving Jason Molina.
LECTURE: ArtStar Nadja Sayej is amply endowed with confidence, and she’s used her considerable personality to make a big name for herself and her artist interview series, on an international scale. She’ll be giving a hometown Crash Course in Stardom this afternoon, on how to sell yourself as an artist and “become the star you were meant to be today.” University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King’s College Circle), 3 p.m.–5 p.m., $10.
LECTURE: The February edition of the Treehouse Group’s lecture series, Treehouse Talks, features Jody Culham on the myriad functions of our brains, John Godfrey on Global Citizenship, and Karl Schroeder’s sci-fi predictions for Toronto. Oh, and apparently there will be chocolate. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 6:30 p.m, FREE.
CABARET: Curators Jane Ford and Greg Chociej have put together an evening of music and comedy cabaret performances for You Are Here, featuring guests like Kate Hewlett and Chris Stanton, Wendy Lands and her Brilliant Band, and the You Are Here Players. Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
COMEDY: A bevy of funny ladies, including Precious Chong, Jeanie Calleja, host Sandra Battaglini and “token male” Phil Luzi, are taking the stage at the Red Sandcastle Theatre to big up stand-up in the Beaches for tonight’s East Side Represents. Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $10.
BURLESQUE: Veteran and vivacious burlesque company Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque‘s 14th annual adults-only Valentine event features special guests like jazz singer extraordinaire Terra Hazelton, comedic clothes-shedder Cherry Temple, and Boylesque T.O.—the idea being, there’ll be something in the show (and after-party dance) to ensure everyone goes home happy and excited. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $25 ($30 at the door.)
MUSIC: Singer-songwriter Jason Molina, best known as the leader of Magnolia Electric Co., has fallen on hard times, and locals fans and fellow musicians like Dwight Schenk, Barzin, and Clara Engel have picked a few of their favourites from his extensive catalog to cover for tonight’s Being In Love: A Jason Molina tribute, which hopes to raise money to help with Molina’s recuperation. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m, PWYC.
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