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Toronto Hit List, Jan. 12th-16th: Pabst Smear, Pillow Fight League, Friendship, Behold Man! A Fundraising Cabaret & more!

WEDNESDAY

7:30 pm Granny Boots @ Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. A tight line-up of hilarious lady comics including Dan Whitwell, Sara Hennessey, Andrya Duff, and more.  

8 pm Fool For Love by Sam Shepard (Preview) @ Meta Gallery, 124 Ossington Ave. Katie Boland brings her talents to the stage in this “intensely sexual psycho-drama,” joined by a cast that includes Barry Flatman, Benjamin Blais, and David Christo. $15. Show runs Jan. 13th-21st. E-mail foolforlovetoronto@gmail.com to reserve tickets! 

10 pm HumbleMania XI @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Special guest Maylee Todd performs a solo set with her harp and tenori-on followed by a debut of the newest Live in Bellwoods session from Inlet Sound. Dance party commences afterwards.  

10 pm Ride The Tiger @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. Live soul music all night long. $10.  

10 pm Used Up @ Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. Official after party for Twin Shadow and Little Girls. Expect to hear post-punk, minimal, synth, cold wave, disco, and weirdo tunes.  

THURSDAY

6:30 pm The Vegetarian/Vegan Transition Workshop @ 26 Noble St., Unit 6. A two hour workshop with Meghan Telpner exploring vegetarian sources of protein, how to make your own milk substitutes, easy tips of making vegetarian and vegan meal more filling, and more. Enjoy a tasty vegan dinner or brunch prepared right before your very eyes during this workshop! $70. Register atwww.meghantelpner.com/workshops/theveggietransition

10 pm Pabst Smear @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Music by ladies or about ladies presented by ladies. Pabst Smear Special: Bottle of PBR and a shot of vodka.  

10 pm Archi-Textures @ Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave. A psychedelic experience with DJs Shankar, Machinelf and DBoom, video art by VJ Guy, and deco by Neuromantix. $4 mixed and domestic drinks all night. PWYC ($4 suggested). 

FRIDAY

10 pm Dirty Talk @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Free assortments of treats and sweets, screenings of Paul Verhoeven films (Total Recall, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls), and DJs Jaime, Pam, and Diana playing disco and stuff.  

10 pm Rise of the Capricorns @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. January babies rejoice! Old school hip-hop and R&B favourites all night long. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. 

10 pm Loving In The Name Of @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. DJs Disappointment, Strictly Commercial, and Product Placement play hit songs all night long. Songs by Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie, New Order, etc. 

10 pm Hip-Hop Karaoke: Round #48 @ Revival, 783 College St. First round of Hip-Hop Karaoke for 2011! Over 600 classics available, run down in order. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. 

10 pm Her @ La Perla, 783 Queen St. W. Beats to keep HER moving all night long.Early birds enjoy a free Paloma cocktail compliments of El Jimador tequila (plus $3 tequila all night). $5. E-mailset.her.free@gmail.com for limited line bypass.  

11 pm More Proof 4 Year Anniversary @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Four years on the dance floor featuring Gingy, Your Boy Brian, Colin Bergh, Johnny Hockin, Gabe Knox, Jon Friis, and Andre De Pape. House, dance, disco, techno. 

11 pm Midnight Massacre @ Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. An extra raucous midnight showing of the Fringe hit, including a McAuslan beer tent, munchies, door prizes, and more. Nothing like a pistol duel into the wee hours of the night! Call (416) 966-1062 or go to www.fringetoronto.com for $25 tickets.  

SATURDAY

12 pm Uber-Swap @ Queen East Presb. Church, 947 Queen St. E. Clothing swap featuring gently used and vintage wearables contributed by over 100 participants, plus a few clothing items by local designers. All leftover items will be donated to charity. $5 in advance from Nathalie-Roze & Co. (1015 Queen St. E.) or or $7 at the door + your stash of gently-used goodies. Until 4 pm. 

7 pm Savage Nights: An Arts Salon @ 155 Delaware Ave. The most exciting and fabulous salon yet in celebration of their one year anniversary! Artists include Dave Restivo, Marcy Rogers, Uta Bekaia, and more. Sponsored by Steam Whistle. More info at www.savagenights.ca

7 pm Antoine Duhamel “Loud Friction” @ Whippersnapper Gallery, 594-B Dundas St. W. Opening reception featuring a special musical performance by singer/songwriter Tim Moxam. “In these graphic and meticulously composed pictures, Duhamel features portraits, reclined nudes, and men on horseback; iconic subjects throughout the history of western art. Yet Duhamel’s nuanced and blunt use of colour imposes a certain wildness both intellectually and sentimentally” – Whippersnapper. 

10 pm Pillow Fight League @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A full night of live fights by some of Toronto’s most talented, trained, and competitive female athletes! No boring blowouts or lopsided victories. $10 advance tickets at Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.) or $12 at the door. 

10 pm Main Bitch: Thelma & Louise Edition @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Lillie and Jordana playing hip-hop, swag, punk, weird tunes, etc. Cheap drinks and loose morals in effect.  

10 pm Lick A Shot @ Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Nothing but millennium-era urban business with 84.85, Geoff Snack, and Andrew Roti. Bring your boo.  

10 pm Phantom Signal @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. DJs Josh McGuirk and Nick Fox shake the cold out of your bones with their all-vinyl playlist. Stuff by The Animals, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, etc. 

10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. The friendliest of parties for the friendliest of people with the friendliest of tunes. 

SUNDAY

12 pm Mix, Mingle, Marry! @ Gladstone Hotel Galleries & Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Part showcase, part party celebration, all fun! A wedding showcase featuring the most innovative visionaries in the GTA wedding biz exhibiting their wares for brides, grooms, and friends seeking the freshest ideas for their big day. Until 5 pm. Tickets available at www.mixminglemarry.com.  

8 pm Behold Man! A Fundraising Caberet @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. A decadent evening of song, dance, poetry, costume, burlesque and Lady Gaga in support of Ecce Homo’s upcoming production “Of A Monstrous Child: a gaga musical.” Featuring members of Ecce Homo Theatre joined by special guests including alumni of the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Mirvish Productions and Broadway. PWYC (suggested donation $10) at the door.

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