KEEP MUSIC IN SCHOOLS
With money scarce and conservative educators pushing for more reading and less rockin', school music programs are under threat. MusiCounts, a division of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), works hard to make sure music in the classroom doesn't die. Every penny of Perez Hilton's One Night In Toronto benefit, featuring performers curated by the blogger including Anjulie and Carly Rae Jepsen, a Miami pop-up lounge and more, goes to MusiCounts. Hilton hosts. Sunday (June 17), 8:30 pm, at Club XS, 261 Richmond West. $20. ticketbreak.com/event_details/5253.
BARE IT FOR THE PLANET
Organizers of the World Naked Bike Ride against oil dependency want you, naked or clothed, cycling along with them. Be as bare as you dare, in fancy dress, costume or whatever, and join this lighthearted ride-athon celebrated in 70 cities, calling for a shift to planetary sustainability. Gather at Coronation Park at the foot of Bathurst at noon, Saturday (June 16). Ride departs at 1 pm. Free. worldnakedbikeride.org.
GAZA THROUGH KIDS' EYES
How do children process war? We get a hint from A Child's View of Gaza, an exhibit of drawings both colourful and frightening, created in art therapy class by kids after the Israeli assault in 2008. The exhibit is accompanied by a talk by Eva Bartlett, a Canadian with the International Solidarity Movement who lived with Gaza families during the invasion. Bartlett also offers her own photos of young people and their lives in good times and bad. Tonight (Thursday, June 14), 7 pm. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. $5 minimum donation. beitzatoun.org.