The week’s news, views and tips
We admit it. This week’s Love & Sex style section is a little heavy on the schmaltzy stuff, so here’s a hot sex tip to keep our prude-free cred in play. Adult store Cupid Boutique (655 the Queensway, 416-253-7544, and others, www.cupidboutique.com) claims “Every day is Valentine’s Day” at its four Toronto locations, so you can bet its selection of lingerie, swimwear, toys, novelties and DVDs are tried, tested and true. For the overachieving Valentine, pick up the Peek-a-boo Pole Dancing Kit and bring the Brass Rail into your living room.
NOW Magazine’s Love & Sex party gets it on at Circa (126 John) Friday night (February 15), filling the mega-club with bawdy performers and lots of lookers who like to watch. Still riding the wave of buzz from their fall Toronto Fashion Week interlude, electro/pop/fitness duo BoyTech will be in the club sporting gold lamé hot pants and performing their mix of experimental music and bicep curls. Admission is $10, and doors open at 10 pm.
Just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations, the Design Exchange (234 Bay, 416-216-2160, www.dx.org) opened its Chinese Design. Everyday. exhibit on February 8. Starting with a pair of Zhang Xiaoquan scissors that went into production in 1663 and are still sold today, the show looks at graphic design, product design, fashion design and architecture. Standouts include modern adaptations of traditional cheongsam and walls full of advertising posters and colourful product packaging. The show continues until April 13.
Also on the museum beat, the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000, www.rom.on.ca) opens two new galleries on Saturday (February 16). On the third level of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery exhibits sculpture, decorative arts, arms and armour and textiles from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. Across the hall, the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East includes religious objects, ancient manuscripts and early technology.