Notable Now: July 22nd, 2011

Screen Lounge
The owners of midnight diner franchise Fran’s just opened Screen Lounge, an upstairs social lounge with an amazing – let us repeat that, amazing – rooftop patio in an inconspicuous spot right above the Yonge and College Fran’s location. Grab a bevvie from the fully-stocked bar with classic ‘tinis and trendy cocktails while taking bites of some tasty tapas or raw bar treats. Check out our full review on 20 College Street. Grand opening celebrations continue tonight. Click here for our review.

Gelato Simply Italian’s Yorkville Location
Is there anything more appropriately chill-inducing in this heat than gelato? Our favourite spot in the Yonge and Eligible area is opening a second location beside Hemingway’s in Yorkville this weekend. Can we say prime real estate? The small shop will feature 36 hand-crafted flavours daily from a rotation of owner Allesandro Buccianti’s arsenal of 140 recipes. We’ve got the full scoop at 146 Cumberland Street. Click here for our review.

99 MRKT at 99 Sudbury
Here’s a worthy idea: Turn a hot Toronto event venue into a local market where some of our city’s finest proprietors of gourmet and organic foods can tantalize our tastebuds. Add a dash of killer art pieces and wares and a hint of Sunday strolling and you’ve got yourself a notable afternoon. July 24th, August 7th and 21st, 99 Sudbury Street. Click here for the vitals.

Haute Culture: General Idea at AGO
The talk of the town in Paris last spring is taking up residence at the AGO. Haute Culture: General Idea exhibition opens on July 30th, and features a collection of 300 works produced by the Toronto-based trio of AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal. Five themes showcase 24 years of General Idea’s achievements, featuring rarely seen large-scaled installations as well as paintings, sculpture, videos, magazines, and more. This is an iconic show you won’t want to miss. Click here for the vitals.

Blue Man Group at Princess of Wales Theatre
The boys in blue are back for another short stay in Toronto. We know what you’re thinking, but if you haven’t checked out this comedic, multimedia-heavy show that fuses unique visuals and an equally interesting soundtrack then you have to grab a ticket and see why it’s a showcase we love to experience. You know not to judge a book by its cover, right? Click here for the vitals.

TIFF in the Park
Summer in Toronto is always packed with free outdoor movies with the city as your backdrop and the sweet summer air as your date. TIFF and the Toronto Entertainment District BIA are bringing us screenings of classic musicals at David Pecaut Square every Wednesday throughout the summer. Check out notable classics like The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Wizard of Oz while enjoying summer in the city…it only comes once per year. Click here for the vitals.

Image by Jacqueline Nicosia.