Drawing on (top of) History: Time and Modernity in Kent Monkman’s Excavations
Gay, indigenous multimedia artist Kent Monkman’s work explores indigenous history, colonialism and sexuality. Norman Vorano’s talk “looks at how Monkman’s work plays within and around the genres of art and art history, using the conventions of history painting to quietly subvert its historical claims to superiority and autonomy while making powerful statements about the past and future.”
Wednesday, Dec 2, 6:30pm. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. gardinermuseum.on.ca
Toastr: Deko-ze 2.0
DJ Deko-ze seems to be everywhere these days — now he’s invading the lesbian club scene. Known for his bulging muscles, nearly constant toplessness, energetic style, intense beats and being around for-freakin’-ever, Deko-ze spins “techy, funky and badassery” at a recurring girl party. DJ Sticky Cuts joins him with some hip hop, house, dancehall, and probably some other stuff.
Saturday, Nov 28, 9:30pm. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St E. facebook.com/toastrTO
Hard Bass Adidas
Glowsticks were twirling. Rev was going like liquefied hotcakes. And Madonna was busy for some reason transforming Kabbalah and Hatha Yoga into music (see her lethargic 1998 album Ray of Light). Relive it all! A 1990s-themed party brings back all those memories and many more, as you dance the night away in your unisex, multi-pocketed dance parts from that store on Queen Street that probably doesn’t exist anymore.
Saturday, Nov 28, 10pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. thebeavertoronto.com
Your little rectal pleasure factory needs looking after — lord knows it’s taken good care of you — so there’s a thing called Movember that raises funds for prostate cancer. Turn your failure in personal grooming — all that rodent-infested, leaf-bestrewn fuzz on your face — into a virtue at a dance party fundraiser. It includes music by DJs Blackcat, hey! dw and Chez and performances by Scarlett Bobo and Fay Slift.
Saturday, Nov 28, 10pm. Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St. pitbullevents.com
The Super Fag Glitter Party 2
Picture Madonna doing Elton John with a strap-on in a glitter factory in Vermont — that comes close to describing this party’s faggotiness quotient. Billed as “an evening so indulgent and colourful that only the LGBTQ community can grasp it,” this party includes dancing to music by filmmaker and artist Bruce LaBruce, and a lineup of drag and burlesque acts by such luminaries as Leelando Calrissian, Allysin Chaynes and Maximum Capacity.
Saturday Nov 28, 10pm. Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St W. superwondergallery.com
The Princess Bride Quote-Along
Despite what Westley’s favourite phrase seems to imply, you don’t have to be Princess Buttercup to get your wish. Fans of The Princess Bride watch the film and blurt out their favourite lines with similarly-obsessed nerds. Inconceivable, you say? I don’t think that word means what you think it means. And if you run into any rodents of unusual size on your way to the theatre, just say your name, remind the creatures what they did to your father and tell them to prepare to die.
Saturday, Nov 28, 9:30pm. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St W. bloorcinema.com
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