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What's On: Toronto Public Library After Hours

A party in the stacks -- after a branch of Toronto Public Library closes its doors -- is just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:

Hush Hush
Oct 25 (9 PM)
Bloor Gladstone Branch/Toronto Public Library

A library is usually thought of a space of quiet study. But there's a party happening in the stacks this weekend, and you are invited. In keeping with theme of a Speakeasy, the event will feature yummy food, live jazz and even a typist. Want a drink. All you need to know is the secret password. All proceeds from this members-only event go toward Toronto Public Library, and they raised more than $50,000 last year.

For more information, check out the Hush Hush website.

De Colores Festival
Oct 23 to Oct 24
Artscape Wychwood Barns

This annual festival organized by Alameda Theatre Company gives new playwrights a chance to showcase their work. This year's line-up includes Isaac Luy who writes about a Venezuelan refugee who seeks to stay in Canada and must relive his memories to convince Canadian authorities.

For more information, check out the Alameda Theatre Company website.

Toronto Zombie Walk
Oct 25
Yonge-Dundas Square

They won't coming crawling out from the underground, lifting manhole covers. Instead, you might see some undead riding the rocket with you, making their way for this annual march of the macabre. Proceeds benefit Canadian Wildlife Federation.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zombie Walk website.

Night of Dread
Oct 25
Dufferin Grove Park

Join in the 15th annual celebration, where participants will parade "private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto." There will be music, masks, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and some sort of fire-y displays. As organizers say, "together we'll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst."

For more information, check out the Clay and Paper Theatre website.

In Theatres: Happy New Year
Opens Oct 24
Various Locations

Big budget Bollywood film starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the lissome Deepika Padukone opens this weekend in theatres across the GTA.

In case you need more convincing (or dissuading), a trailer of the film.

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