Toronto events for Thursday, August 1, 2013
PARTY | AGO 1st Thursdays
It's the first of August, which means the AGO stays open late for their monthly after-hours party. Tonight's 1st Thursday event is best described as a kaleidoscope with genre-mixing artists in music and art coming together for an evening of dancing, drinking and gallery-wandering. Kim Adams' sculpture will be on display while rapper and electronic musician Cadence Weapon performs. DJ Casey Mecija of Ohbijou will play music throughout the night and the 1st Thursday exclusive exhibit Out of the Vaults will display tiny paper works. Tickets are available through the AGO website and at the door.
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) 7PM $12 advance, $15 door
MARKET | Support Local
Levack Block may regain some of its Ossington street cred with this one--Support Local is a community event, designed to bring artists and supporters together to share their works. A market with vendors selling jewelry, vintage collections, crafts, custom clothing, accessories and food, there will also be acoustic acts playing throughout the evening and dance performances. Proceeds at the door will go toward supporting the indiegogo campaign for Waack Revolt, a dance film by Sonia Hong. For the full list of vendors and performers, visit the Support Local Facebook page.
Levack Block (88 Ossington Avenue) 8PM
ART | Downtown Paint
Curated by artist Jimmy Chiale, Downtown Paint is the Brockton Collective's answer to the Garrison Creek Bat Company. Racquel Da Silva's show features her strongest works, which will include her new series Hoop Dreams. Basketball backboards that have been custom designed and hand-painted with designs ranging from eccentric to moody are the crux of this show, which opens today at Brockton's headquarters. This is the easiest way to see the pieces as they will only be accessible by appointment only from August 2-5. Stop by for food by Vegetarian Way, a NOZO pop-up shop, a performance by The 6th Letter from ΒΛΚΞΓ$CLUB and music by PISTOLAA. Donations welcomed.
Brockton Collective (442a Dufferin Street) 7PM Free
THEATRE | Legally Blonde: The Musical
When her boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her after being accepted to Harvard Law School, Elle Woods follows him there. While the blonde airhead has one goal--getting her boyfriend back--she discovers that she is more skilled with the law than she once thought. Legally Blonde: The Musical opens at Randolph Theatre tonight, performed by students of the Randolph Academy. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street) 8PM $26.75
MUSIC | Music in St. James Park: hobson's choice
The month of August means that St. James Park is retiring movies and sending in the musicians. Music in St. James Park brings acoustic sets to King East with musicians and songwriters paying homage to Canadian greats. Tonight, contemporary chamber jazz group hobson's choice performs a full set in the park as the sun sets. As with all St. James Park activities, this event is free and open to the public. Just bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the music.
St. James Park (105 King Street East) 7PM Free
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by Lauren Pincente via blogTO