Happening tonight: A Great and Fabulous Display of Realness, the Toronto Underground Cinema turns two years old; and multiple late-night dance parties.
QUEER PARTY: The Royal Ontario Museum’s ROM Friday Night Live series is just a few weeks old, but already phenomenally buzzed about, attracting a diverse crowd of people who want to see and be seen, and people who just like getting into the museum for cheap. Tonight’s crowd will be even more diverse than the ROM’s typical school and tour group crowd: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre hosts a group of queer performance artists who will interact with party goers as living exhibits, as part of The Great and Fabulous Display of Realness. (There will also be a few sneak peek screenings from the upcoming Inside Out Film Festival.) Royal Ontario Museum (100 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., $9.
BIRTHDAY PARTY: The Toronto Underground Cinema has just passed the two-year mark on their grand experiment of reopening the massive and long-shuttered Golden Classics Cinema for geek and fan favourite screenings. They’re celebrating by screening two cult classics: zany comedy classic Clue at 7 p.m., followed by the delightfully campy sci-fi action flick The Fifth Element at 9:15 p.m.. And did we mention there’ll be all sorts of prizes and giveaways, and everything is FREE? Happy birthday, guys. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., FREE.
DANCE PARTY: There are some great regular Friday night dance parties in Toronto—events like Girl and Boy: a ’90s Dance Party or Da Da Da: a Psychedelic Dance Party. But tonight, there’s a selection of events you can shake your tail feathers at that also incorporate some element of live performance. To wit:
- Bluemouth Inc.‘s phenomenally successful Dance Marathon has traveled the world since it first debuted in Toronto, and it’s back for two nights only as part of Harbourfront Centre’s (appropriately titled) World Stage Series. Bring your most comfortable dancing shoes, because this inclusive theatrical experience enters audience members into an actual four-hour (with breaks) dance marathon. Harbourfront Centre Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.–11 p.m., $15–$35.
- Young Lion’s Music Club‘s popular local-musicians-try-DJing event Songs: A Dance Party becomes Songs: A Double Feature tonight, as Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt spins groove-worthy tunes between live sets from Cousin, who are releasing their self-titled LP debut at the show, and Nicholas Doubleyou and the B-Squad. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 9 p.m., $5.
- Tonight’s edition of Loving in the Name Of, a live and DJ-ed “celebration of the greatest hits of all time,” packs a whole heck of a lot of local rockers into their huge cover band line-up, including Andre Ethier, Sebastien Grainger, and Josh Reichmann. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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