Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Radar: Juventus vs. Fiorentina, Inside the Musician's Studio with Woodhands, LCD Soundsystem Afterparty, Keeping An Eye on Journalism, CATS

SPORTS | Soccer Showcase: Juventus vs. Fiorentina
Being the cosmopolitan city that it is, Toronto is home to soccer fans from all over the world. Though we've got our own team to cheer for these days, until Toronto FC becomes a winning team, many footie fanatics' real loyalties will remain with clubs from the Old Country (wherever it may be). Torontonians will pay big money to see their beloved teams and the city's become a prime destination for visits from world's big clubs, the latest being two of Italy's most storied franchises as Fiorentina squares off against Juventus today. There are some famous names in the line up including Italian master Alessandro Del Piero and French striker David Trezeguet, and while no one believes any of them will risk their million-dollar knees by throwing themselves all over the concrete pitch of the Rogers Centre to win a meaningless friendly, Sunday's match at BMO Field between Portugal's Benfica and Greece's Panathinaikos was passionate enough to descend into a bench-clearing brawl, so you never know.
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jay's Way, $59 - $99, 8 pm
MUSIC | Viewpoints: Inside the Musicians Studio
There's a pretty big show going down at the Kool Haus tonight, but some hot local talent is on display just down the street, where the Harbourfront Centre is hosting an intimate evening with a pair of homegrown masters of the electronic rock song. Woodhands is made up of Paul Banwatt and Dan Werb, two men whose energetic live shows and unironic use of the keytar have won them fans all over the world. They've just dropped their second album Remorsecapade and will be performing and discussing the record with the Toronto Star's music critic Ben Rayner as part of Harbourfront's Viewpoints series.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay, Free, 8 pm
PARTY | LCD Soundsystem Afterparty
A day after Victoria Day, trailblazing electronic punk-pop outfit LCD Soundsystem will be setting off some fireworks of their own on the shore of Toronto's harbour. After a much-hyped set at Kool Haus LCD's James Murphy and Pat Dahoney will head over to Wrongbar to spin tracks at an afterparty that will have inebriated partiers spilling into Queen Street til the wee hours of the morning. With Murphy doing a show and an afterparty in every town he visits, it's no wonder he looks twenty years older than all the other hip indie bands out there. Wait, what? He is twenty years older than them?
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West, $10, 10 pm
PANEL | Keeping an Eye on Journalism
The media landscape is rapidly changing, and in an age when feedback on news stories comes as quickly as bloggers, wiki writers and critics can type it, does it really make sense for media organizations to be monitoring themselves anymore? A panel of the city's most esteemed journalistic minds tackle the issue of the increasingly irrelevant role of ombudsmen tonight in a forum presented by the Canadian Journalism Federation. No points for guessing what side of the argument CBC ombudsmen Vince Carlin will be on, but he'll have to argue his case against the Toronto Star's public editor Kathy English and the National Post's John Racovali. Like all gatherings of journalists and j-school nerds, there will be a post-discussion cocktail schmooze afterwards.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, $15 general, $5 students, 6:30 pm
Before anyone gets alarmed, yes CATS is coming back to Toronto. But it's only for one week, so Yonge Street will not be jammed with crowds of tourists wandering around in Mr. Mistoffelees t-shirts belting out "Memory" at the top of their lungs like it was back in the 80s. Mirvish Productions is remounting the classic much-loved and much-loathed musical until Sunday, giving you a brief chance to catch one of the longest-running shows to ever hit Broadway. The eight-show run will be performed by the touring company from Cats-Eye, and is the only North American production of the play actually sanctioned by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Runs til May 30.
Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, $30 - $84, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 pm, Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm

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