Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: April 16–22, 2015

Choice events in the city this week

Burlesque

Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Weekend Warriors

For some, there can be few pleasanter ways to spend a Sunday evening than by ogling a pair of round, supple breasts in an environment where that’s an okay thing to do. Sinful Sundays has a rotating roster of burlesque ladies who do more than just rotate — they bare it all. This week’s performers are Betsy Swoon, Lilla Koi, Imogen Quest and Audrey Hipturn.

Sun, April 19, 9pm. Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. facebook.com/sinfulsundaysburlesque

Clubbin’

Cherry Bomb: Riot Girl Edition

A party where punky, bad-ass girls and their friends can kick some ass. Or crack some skulls. Or be sexy. Well, whatever happens, it’ll be hardcore, and there’ll be dancing to music by DJs Cozmic Cat, Denise Benson and Kasey Riot and visuals by Jaxamuse. Come set the dancefloor on fire. But not literally, because it’s just a party.

Sat, April 18, 10pm. Round, 152 Augusta Ave. facebook.com/cherrybombtoronto

Uncle Dickie’s 4: Muscle Beach

The gay Renaissance man, Uncle Dickie, has just flown in on his private jet, and after dismissing his pilot for allowing the turbulence to jostle the martinis (which Dickie prefers shaken, not stirred — he really should patent that), he’s inviting everyone to his latest reception. This edition of his dance party includes a display of Montreal-based artist Mike Rinaldi’s latest works and DJs Seb Diamond and Kyle Kalma spinning progressive house.

Sat, April 18, 10pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. blackeagletoronto.com

Literary Launches

Hello Mr Issue No 5 Launch

Hello Mr, the biannual magazine “about men who date men” launches its fifth issue in Toronto, their first launch in this city. The issue includes indie pop musician Perfume Genius as the “cover mister,” a  story on Looking star Daniel Franzese, who talks about body positivity, and photo essays by Barry Marré and florists Putnam & Putnam. 

Sat, April 18, noon. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W. hellomrmag.com

Theatre of the Unimpressed Launch Party

Let’s face it: most theatre is boring. Who among us hasn’t fantasized about jumping up from their seat, screaming “Give me back my life, you soul-sucking time gobblers!” and diving head first through the fire exit? Jordan Tannahill’s latest book, Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama, looks at lifeless plays, where they come from, why they persist, and what we should do to keep theatre interesting: take risks. Includes a reading by Tannahill, a performance by comedy duo The Sufferettes and music by Lido Pimiento.

Wed, April 22, 7pm. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. chbooks.com/catalogue/theatre-unimpressed

Porn

The 10th Anniversary Feminist Porn Awards

Mainstream porn doesn’t speak to everyone’s needs. People with different body shapes, ethnicities and gender identities are poorly represented. And nobody seems to enjoy what they’re doing. All that grim, forced moaning — yuck. Fortunately, there are some scrappy sluts (in the best possible sense) out there making porn for the rest of us, and once a year the sex shop Good for Her hosts an awards ceremony to honour them.

Fri, April 17, 8:30pm. The Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St. feministpornawards.com

For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events