Weekend Planner: February 23–24, 2013
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Weekend Planner: February 23–24, 2013

This weekend: check out a Tibetan food festival, Jack Layton Way opens, watch the Oscars at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and more.

ART: If you’re a fan of dystopian sci-fi (like 1984 or Brave New World), this may be for you. Dystopias on Art and Technology is a new art show, curated by Julieta Maria and Arlan Londoño, that promises to explore “dystopian or anti-utopian visions of contemporary culture.” Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception Saturday, 2 p.m.–7 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Check out a screening of Heavy Love. (A trailer is embedded above.) The film, from Jerome Riel, follows the band Paint Movement as they make the trek to play in an abandoned theatre. Following the screening, Paint Movement will perform live. A portion of the proceeds will go to Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl campaign. Robbery Art Gallery (457 Roncesvalles Avenue), Saturday, 8 p.m., PWYC.

MUSIC: The latest instalment of Panic, Toronto’s finest retro party, is yet again spotlighting a classic ’80s band. This time, it’s The Smiths. The event is taking requests on its Facebook page, so if you’ve got a favourite, you know what to do. This is also a good chance to show your support for Morrissey, who definitely hasn’t been well lately. Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.

FOOD: Looking to spice up your diet? The third annual Eat for Tibet food festival might be just what you need. Besides yummy Tibetan cuisine, you’ll be treated here to live dancing, performances, and Tibetan songs. Proceeds from the event go to Students for a Free Tibet Canada. Various locations along Queen Street West (between Callender Street and Jameson Avenue), Sunday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE (unless you eat stuff).

CELEBRATION: The late, great NDP leader Jack Layton is getting quite the honour this weekend, with the opening of Jack Layton Way. You’re invited to take part in the first group walk down the new street, part of which was formerly known as the Don Jail Roadway. Councillor Paula Fletcher and MP Olivia Chow (who is Jack Layton’s widow) will be making appearances. Jack Layton Way (Northwest of the corner of Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue), Sunday, 12 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Why watch the Oscars in your living room when you can see the show on a much, much bigger screen? The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is offering you the chance to do just that. The night’s host, appropriately enough, will be Thom Ernst (from TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies), and there will be contests, prizes, and themed drinks. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 6:30 p.m., FREE.


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