Today in Toronto: the Images Festival kicks off; watch street dancers bust a move at the Four Seasons; a zombie clown is the new Letterman; and singer/songwriter Simone Schmidt plays a solo gig.FESTIVAL: Attention fans of all things media arts: the Images Festival is back to shine a light on innovative filmmaking, design, and multimedia. The festival, now in its 25th year, started as an avant garde alternative to TIFF, and we’ve got some recommendations for screenings worth checking out. Runs today to April 21; locations, times and ticket prices vary.
DANCE: Here’s something you don’t see every day—street dancing in the Four Seasons Centre. The Evolution of B-boying is a free show that takes the audience on a journey through the history of breakdancing, with costume and music changes from the ’70s right up until today. It’s also interactive (though how that is remains to be seen—you might want to put on your dancing shoes, just in case). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m.–1 p.m., FREE.
CIRCUS: Who remembers that clown episode from Are You Afraid of the Dark? What would have made that even more terrifying: if the clown had been a zombie. Mullet’s Night Show takes a zombie clown and puts him in the chair of a talk-show host for a night. Featuring stand-up comedy guests, musicians, and, of course, the zombie clown. Black Swan Comedy (154 Danforth Avenue), 7:30 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: To add to your list of must-see events is this gig from the frontwoman of acclaimed Toronto band One Hundred Dollars. Simone Schmidt, who recently started playing solo as Fiver, puts out a more intimate, country-tinged show with her new project. Check out her new song, “Life’s a Joke,” here. Jess Kussin will open. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.
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