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Watching him, one could see the idea taking root. "She would probably never do it," he said, his eyes downcast for just a moment, "but it would be very good, you know. The Material Girl in the newly materialized land? How appropriate."

Francesco Vezzoli: A True Hollywood Story! continues at The Power Plant in Toronto until Nov. 4. Various screen works by Vezzoli will be shown Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 28 (416-973-4949).

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The art of TIFF

Francesco Vezzoli; A True Hollywood Story! is one of a number of film-based art works and installations being staged around Toronto during TIFF. Other notable projects on view include:

Ryan Sluggett's Tyranny at YYZ, 401 Richmond St. W.: A three-monitor work with sound featuring Sluggett's stop-action animations made from digital stills of refashioned studio bric-a-brac. Narratives unfold, morph and collapse, giving way to more narratives. (To Oct. 20)

Darfur/Darfur; a series of photojournalistic images documenting the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur is being projected at night onto the exterior façade of the newly unveiled Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum. On Friday night, the presentation will be accompanied by a free open-air concert of hip hop, reggae, afro-beat and gospel in Swahili, Arabic and English by Ruth Mathiang & Friends on Bloor Street West, from 7 to 8 p.m. (To Sept. 17)

Vancouver's Jeremy Shaw is presenting Best Minds; Part One, a cinematic immersion in raving, skateboard culture and drug use. At Thrush Holmes Empire, 1093 Queen St. W. (To Sept. 16)

Wildflowers of Manitoba, at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (962 Queen St. W.) is the joint love child of Toronto artist Luis Jacob and Winnipeg filmmaker Noam Gonick. This installation, in which images are projected onto a geodesic dome, imagines an erotic utopia of man-on-man sexual bliss. (To Sept. 16)

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