Elisha Lim joins queer black storytellers June 11.
CAUTION TAPE ON CARDING
The Policing Literacy Initiative is a Toronto youth group that formed after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. The world was watching that ruling, including youth who began a series of discussions about policing in our city. Those talks gave birth to the half-hour documentary Crisis Of Distrust: Police And Community In Toronto, which deals with the police practice of carding, or "random" street checks. Join PLI for a screening and panel discussion about the relationship between officers and community members on Thursday (June 5) at 6 pm. Free. Social Planning Toronto/Urban Alliance for Race Relations, 2 Carlton. plitoronto.org.
DOWN WITH QUEER POC
Artist Elisha Lim, who advocates that we all use the pronoun "they," leads an evening of storytelling by queer people of colour at Onsite @ OCAD U (230 Richmond West) in conjunction with current exhibit Generations Of Queer. Offering their perspective on LGBTQ experiences in Qpoc Chronicles are performance artist and cultural theorist Kama La Mackerel, who speaks from the bearded lady's viewpoint, noted queer comic LeRoi Newbold, one of the inaugural staff at the Africentric Alternative School, and Deanna Bowen, whose art focuses on the African diaspora. Wednesday (June 11), 7 pm. Free. ocadu.ca/onsite.
BOOST ECO STYLE AND HEALTH
Combine your passion for fashion with your concern about the environment at a funder for Fashion Takes Action and the Women's Healthy Environments Network. FTA is committed to sustainability in the fashion industry, while the Network focuses on reducing environmentally linked health risks for women. Connect Beauty features a talk by Toxin Toxout author Rick Smith, a show of eco styles - NOW's Ecoholic Adria Vasil joins the models hitting the runway - and more. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen West, on Thursday (June 5) at 7 pm. $35-$40. connectbeauty.ca.