If you're familiar at all with Brit fashion photog Nick Knight's online gallery, www.showstudio.com, then you'll get a homegrown kick knowing that local talents, brothers Miguel (photo) and Luis Jacob (subject), Tammy Eckenswiller (stylist) and Margot Ducharme (makeup) gave it their best shot (pun intended) and won last year's Leigh Bowery contest ( www.showstudio.com/projects/bowery/competition.html), which dared a barrage of international participants to pay visual tribute to the 80s iconoclast.
Grab a piece of art/fashion history while you can - and help raise bucks for the Art Metropole (788 King West) gallery - by purchasing a signed and numbered print of the winning image for only $75 (while quantities last - call first). 416-703-4400, www.artmetropole.com.
Kiss off in a good way
Help give cancer the kiss-off by spreading the love Wednesday (July 6) at the Kiss & Hugs Street Party based at Jeanne Lottie (106 Yorkville). A minimum $5 donation lets you get or receive a hug or a kiss, plus shop the boutique while you sip refreshing bevies, and listen to the spins of DJ Ted Dancin, etc. Net proceeds benefit the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Noon to 8 pm. 416-968-2299 ext 28, www.pinkbedroomparty.com.
Bright Lights, big city
Love all things sleek, shiny and potentially wearable? Check out the new Northern Lights Exhibit at the Design Exchange , which runs from Friday (July 1) to August 7 and showcases works from the juried competition open to professional and student metalsmiths, jewellers and designers across the country. As part of today's (Thursday, June 30) opening event, witness the Metal Guild Awards and a lecture by pre-eminent jeweller and sculptor Bjorn Weckstrom (a former designer at Birks). $15. 416-216-2160; www.dx.org.
Find yourself cottage-less this long weekend? Dry those tears and fuggedaboudit at the free annual CHIN International Picnic this weekend (July 1 to 3) at Exhibition Place. Not only can you merrily part with your dough at the more-than-100-exhibitors-strong International Shopping Bazaar, be entertained by every folk dance group out there and sample plenty of international eats, but you might want to, uh, raise those spirits by checking out a little thing called Mr. CHIN Picnic. www.chinradio.com/chinpicnic.asp.