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Urban Planner: August 22, 2008

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FESTIVAL: HobbyStar’s annual Fan Expo returns today. The largest of its kind in Canada, the event has grown exponentially since its inception in 1995. The Comic Book Expo, Science Fiction Expo, CNAnime Expo, Gaming Expo, and Rue Morgue Festival of Fear are all happening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the next three days. There are some pretty hilarious and fun things happening, like a masquerade ball where the best World of Warcraft–themed costume wins a Sony VAIO laptop. This year’s celebrity guests include Sean Astin, Henry Winkler, and Buzz Aldrin (among many others). Tickets purchased will be good for all expos, but not necessarily for all special events; for example, director Wes Craven is a featured guest of the Festival of Fear, but if you want a picture with him, you’ll have to pay $200. Some people will do anything to get a cool Facebook profile picture. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street), 4–9 p.m., $25–$69.
FILM: In conjunction with Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear and the 2008 Fan Expo, actress Tura Satana will be at the Bloor Cinema tonight. Ms. Satana will introduce a screening of her biggest cinematic achievement, Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! After the screening, Satana will be answering your questions. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $15.
BENEFIT: There is a fundraiser tonight at Teranga to raise money for Ladyfest 2008, happening from September 18–21. Ladyfest is a four-day showcase and celebration of the artistic, political, and organizational talents of women. It’s a great cause, and tonight’s fundraiser should be equally fantastic, with sets by DJ Shaniqua, DJ Carly’s OK, and DJ Tighten Up. Teranga (159 Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: Nobody’s Business Theatre is producing a joint art exhibit and play at Kensington Market’s Hot Shot Gallery. The play, Muhammad of Yorkville, was written by Torontoist’s own Johnnie Walker, and is returning after its run at last year’s SummerWorks festival. Complementing the play is group art exhibit Holy Fuss, featuring photographer Christine Mullen, artist Natalia LaLuque, and award-winning photo team Istoica. Hot Shot Gallery (181 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.
Photo of a couple dudes hanging out at last year’s Fan Expo by Kieran Huggins.

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