Urban Planner: August 8, 2009

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Urban Planner: August 8, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s daily guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every morning. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

20090808urbanplanner.jpg Image from A Journey Through Time & Shapes 2009 by Dusty Peas. Courtesy of Art Metropole.

ART: London, Ont.–based artists James Kirkpatrick—also known as graffiti artist and rapper Thesis Sahib—and Jamie Q are launching their self-published, silk-screened zine and companion assemble-it-yourself paper sculpture kit, A Journey Through Time & Shapes. Working under the name Dusty Peas, the duo put together this package during a residency at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax. Their style involves using images that are built up through colourful paintings and collage techniques. The zine features sixteen pages of whimsical art that “combines absurdity and abstraction through intuitive freestyle processes.” With some scissors and a bit of glue, you’ll be able to build your own spacecraft model with the accompanying paper sculpture kit. Both are available in a limited edition of a hundred copies, so be sure to snap one up this afternoon or place your order online. Art Metropole (788 King Street West), 1–3 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Immerse yourself in South Asian culture this weekend at Zaika: A South Asian Food Festival. Contrary to its name, the festival will feature more than just tastings, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, food vendors, a roti-making contest, and a golgappa-eating contest. In addition to snacking on samosas or gobbling down golgappa, visitors will enjoy both traditional and modern music and dancing, Bollywood films, theatre performances, and a comedy showcase. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 12 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.
ART: Today is the last day to rediscover the animated atrocities that adorned websites of the bygone days at the “Save For Web” animated GIF art show. The show—which we previewed on Wednesday—is curated by Steph Davidson and Leslie Predy and features new work from Canadian and international artists in the GIF format. Check out their website—nauseating, loud, and gaudy but truly nostalgic—for a taste of what’s to come at the show. XPACE Cultural Centre (58 Ossington Avenue), 12–6 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Although Caribana wrapped up last weekend, the Caribbean-themed festivities continue this weekend with JerkFest. Now in its seventh year, JerkFest has become a staple of the summer food festivals, outgrowing its previous venue in Brampton and relocating to Centennial Park in Etobicoke this year. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of spicy delicacies—a cold beverage in-hand will definitely be necessary to minimize the effects of the spices—as well as live music, family-friendly entertainment, and children’s activities. Centennial Park (56 Centennial Park Road), 11 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
CULTURE: Explore and celebrate the customs and heritage of the Muslim faith at the seventh annual Muslim Heritage Weekend. The celebration will feature an art bazaar, a variety of Halal foods, films at the IMAX Theatre, a prayer area, and family-friendly entertainment amidst the rides, games, and attractions of Ontario Place. The festival is being headlined by singer Kamal Uddin and Allah Made Me Funny comedian Preacher Moss. Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 10 a.m.–8 p.m., $16–21.

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