In today's UP: Kid Koala's Space Cadet Headphone Experience; comedy, burlesque and more to celebrate Star Wars Day; Feast in the East celebrates an anniversary; and Hot Docs enters its final weekend.
COMICS/MUSIC: The endlessly creative Eric San—writer, graphic artist, storyteller, and DJ/musician best known as Kid Koala—has brought his latest multi-disciplinary project, Kid Koala’s Space Cadet Headphone Experience, to Toronto as part of a collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the Wavelength Music Series. Last night’s show was so popular that a second early show was added for tonight. 918 Bathurst Centre for the Arts (918 Bathurst Street), 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
STAR WARS: Star Wars and comedy seem to go together like macaroni and cheese—just check this hilarious episode from the webseries Space Janitors as Exhibit A. Here are just a few ways you can celebrate May the 4th (Be With You):
- Start early and “officially” at Star Wars Day Toronto, with special guest “Chad Vader.” The Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 6 p.m., $15 in advance.
- The Shurgold Show is the “official” Star Wars Day Toronto after party, with comics like Freddie Rivas of Frenzy Comedy, and Picnicface‘s Mark Little. Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen Street West), 10:30 p.m., $8 at the door.
- There’s themed stand-up and sketch comedy at Hirut Hoot 2, featuring Ron Sparks, Zabrina Chevannes, and host Winston Spear. Hirut Restaurant (2050 Danforth Avenue), 9 p.m., $10.
- Star Wars and comedy mix with burlesque at G33KPRON’s 1 Year Anniversary Party, featuring appearances by Sean Ward (president of Harth, founder and host of Star Wars Day Toronto) and Chad Vader, plus titillation from Red Herring (Twi’lek dancers, maybe?). Tattoo Rock Parlor (567 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $5.
- Lastly, test your knowledge of how to spell “Alderaan” and “Metachlorian” at Toronto Strip Spelling Bee—Star Wars Edition. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 11 p.m (10:30 p.m. sign-up), $10.
FOOD/MUSIC: Monthly food/music/installation series Feast in the East is celebrating a year of shows tonight. There’s dinner if you buy tickets in advance, cake for everyone, and a tour kickoff/tape release from Actual Water and Gay, with support from Loom and B’Ling B’Long. Dickens Street Theatre (35 Dickens Street), 9 p.m., $7 in advance (includes dinner!), $10 at the door.
HOT DOCS: It’s North America’s biggest documentary film fest, it’s celebrating a new home cinema, and it’s got everything from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to a penis museum. What’s not to love? Everything you need to know about Hot Docs 2012 is at our festival hub.
The special guest for Star Wars Day at the Toronto Underground Cinema is Chad Vader, not Hank Vader as originally stated. Additionally, G33KPRON’s party will not be featuring giveaways from HarthTV.
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