ART & LIT
No Face No Problem
This unconventional reading series co-founded by local artists Jon McCurley and Laura McCoy plants itself in a different pocket of public space each time, and has used the concrete shore of a public swimming pool, a stairwell and set of railways for past gatherings. Maryanne Casasanta, a local performance artist, will hinge herself to a piece of Chinatown architecture among the seven readings for their one-year anniversary.
Tomorrow, 9 p.m. Free. Dragon City Shopping Mall,
280 Spadina Ave. 416-596-8885. http://www.myspace.com
Art stars Midi Onodera, Su Rynard, Richard Fung and Jubal Brown (the AGO's infamous painting-barfer) will screen their work and then discuss it with Mike Hoolboom, editor of a new collection of essays about Toronto's film and video art fringe.
Tuesday, 8 p.m. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.
Denim Days at the Bata Shoe Museum
It's Momma's Day. Everyone wearing denim gets $5 of their admission donated to the Cure Foundation, dedicated to funding breast-cancer research. Kids get a special craft area to make their own mother-
Tomorrow, 12 to 5 p.m., through Tuesday. $4 to $12. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W.
Nocturne for the Fireflies
Hub 14, a Queen-Markham theatre studio, is accustomed to having plays adorn its wooden stage, but this time, it's giving films a go. Victoria
Cheong, a recent Ryerson University graduate, will premiere her playful, experimental short that follows a flock of pixie girls through a dreamy forest. There will also be photos, dance, videos and music, among them, a set by indie folkstress Jennifer Castle.
Tonight, 8. $5. Hub 14,
14 Markham St. 416-203-7719. http://www.hub14.org.
I Made This For Class
See the art stars before they're famous in this second annual video fest where students from Ontario College of Art & Design's graduating integrated media class play show and tell with their thesis works. Among the 15 shorts, see an experimental self-portrait titled You Can Have My Wallet by Zak Tatham, who won the Best Student Video award at this year's Images Festival.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. $5. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
For their 18th annual festival, 62 features and 82 shorts from 30 countries will screen. Also check out the exhibitions program, panels of pundits in the Queer Here Queer Now convention and the Icon Documentary Series where the Canadian premiere of rockumentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life will screen.
Thursday, 8 p.m. Until May 25. $8.75 to $11.75. Varsity Cinema, 55 Bloor St. W., and five other venues. 416-967-1528.
HOT NOTES Feist
Our neighbours to the south may only know her as that chick singing in the iPod commercial, but the Nova Scotia-born Leslie Feist has reached genuine Canadian icon status. After cleaning up at the Junos, she's touring North America and Europe.
Tuesday, 8 p.m. $29.50 to $39.50. Sony Centre for the
Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 416-870-8000.
It has been 30 years since Joe (Shithead) Keithley and crew thrashed onto the Vancouver hardcore scene, and punk was never the same again. Uncompromisingly political as usual, they're releasing a new album, Northern Avengers, for their anniversary.
Tonight, 8. $12. Horseshoe
Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.
He may be best known for his crazy outfits and juicy bass playing with Parliament-Funkadelic, but Collins got his start with the Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown. Fittingly, he'll be leading a Brown tribute tour this fall.
Tonight, 7. $39.50. Kool Haus, 132 Queens Quay E.
The Mars Volta
This eight-member all-star band from California is kicking off a world tour to promote its racy fourth album, The Bedlam in Goliath. Equipped with hints of Latin and jazz and wolfy howls from singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band is a prime example of "nu prog" (contemporary progressive rock).
Monday, 7 p.m. $42.50.
Sound Academy, 11 Polson St.
Trinidad vs. Jamaica
What began as an old soccer rivalry between the Caribbean's two English-speaking nations has blown up into an annual comedy clash - on Mother's Day. Hosts Jean Paul, Jay Martin and more keep the friendly jabs coming.
Tomorrow, 2 and 6:30 p.m. $40. Panasonic Theatre,
651 Yonge St. 416-870-8000.
ClubAre you there God?
It's me, dance party
Playing on the 1970s classic novel Are you there God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Blume, this sweaty, chaotic dance party is in a basement club underneath the College Street Diner and plays everything from Simian Mobile Disco to Salt-n-Pepa and Prince. With DJs Chris Thinn, Pat C and Kevin Knows, they sometimes give a tattered toy doll a whirl on the turntables.
Tonight, 10. Free before 11 p.m., $5 after. Tiger Bar, 414 College St. 416-710-2453.
DJ Kon and Amir
Local hip-hop promoters the Academy and Circadelic launched this quarterly concert series, dubbed Heavyweights, in January to feature legendary, underground DJs. For their second instalment, this duo from Brooklyn will make their Canadian debut playing funk, whirly disco and house grounded with heavy beats. With DJ Serious, Kaewonder, the Footprints Crew and Wan Luv.
Tonight, 10. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Revival, 783 College St. 416-535-7888.
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