New Toronto Works Show presented by Pleasure Dome at Latvian House (491 College), February 22 at 8 pm. $5. 416-656-2212. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
the annual new toronto works Show is like those plain brown loot bags: you never know what surprises or disappointments are inside. While it's as diverse as ever, the 2003 show does feel grim, with its post-September 11 body of work. Scott Treleaven's Beastboy -- a violent and dark work -- sets the tone. Irene Bindi's beautiful Blackboard shows a classroom of students scribbled over in black, while school terms used by prison inmates are read in voice-over. Annie MacDonell's belly dancer dazzles with her hypnotic, though slightly vomit-inducing, gyrations.
Slugs, slips, pink eye, partying, pixelation, grass and J.Lo all get screen time, so there'll be something for everyone.