Nerd Nite, School Night Poetry, and Kathleen Verret’s Arable Lands: T.O. Events for August 29-September 12, 2013

dn (7)Nerd Nite Toronto stages research presentations by local experts. This event includes The Game of Operation: True Stories of Medical Marvels by Heili Orav, about organ transplantation, and He’s a Pinball Wizard by Joe Ciaravino, about the history of pinball. 7PM. September 12. Tranzac. $5.

School Night! is a monthly spoken-word poetry class led by a different poet per session. First in the series is Lillian Allen, a Juno-Award winning dub poet, playwright and cultural activist. 7PM. September 3. Go Lounge. $6.

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival brings to the city the best in next year’s films. Standouts include Juliette Binoche in Words and Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, and Yasiin Bey in Life of Crime, an adaptation of the late Elmore Leonard’s novel, The Switch. Hateship Loveship is based on a story by Alice Munro. It stars Kristen Wiig cutting her dramatic teeth. September 5-15. Various Venues. $14.50-$203.

Arable Lands is a showing of painter Kathleen Verret’s latest work. The Québécoise artist’s use of primary colors and impulsive strokes lends her canvases a primitive, uncanny likeness. 1PM-6PM. September 4-15. Gallery 1313. Free.

WORN Editor-in-Pants, Serah-Marie McMahon, interviews Torontonian actress, journalist and clothing designer Jeanne Beker about her lives personal and professional. 7PM-9PM. August 29. Type Books. Free.

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library exhibits prized volumes from Canada’s small and fine press. See releases from across the country from Toronto’s BookThug to Mission, British Columbia’s Barbarian Press. The Fisher Small Press Fair (10AM-5PM) is held on the last day of the exhibition with participation from Coach House Press, Porcupine’s Quill, Shanty Bay Press and more.  9AM-5PM. Until September 7. Fisher Library. Free.



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Trevor Abes

Trevor Abes @TrevorAbes is a writer and editor from Toronto, ON. His work has appeared in The Toronto Quarterly, blue skies poetry, and The Montreal Review. He keeps an eponymous blog that houses mostly poetry.

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