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Urban Planner: September 16, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. 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.

20090916urbanplanner.jpg Photo from last year’s Manifesto Festival by Shaun Montano.


FESTIVAL: Since its inception three years ago, the Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture has grown to encompass various aspects of hip-hop and urban culture by showcasing the work of more than 120 artists at eight venues over five days. Things get underway tonight with the Manifesto Film Festival, boasting a lineup of films that focus on urban art and music: the global graffiti documentary Bomb It and the story of pioneering Bronx hip-hop artists The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy. Tonight’s opening will also feature musical, spoken-word, and DJ performances. Other events to look forward to throughout the festival are the Canada Pro Cup B-Boy Championship, Chapter III Art Exhibition, Parkdale Youth Festival, and Sunday’s free concert at Nathan Phillips Square headlined by hip-hop duo Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal. Tomorrow’s unveiling of the Artmap, a collaborative jigsaw piece by artists from each of the city’s forty-four wards is sure to be a highlight of the festival, as well. Acacia Centre (186 Spadina Avenue), 6–11 p.m., $5.
WORDS: Australian rocker Nick Cave will be donning his author’s hat tonight, promoting the release of his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. As a companion to the new book, Cave is also releasing an iPhone app and audio book. The unabridged audio book is read by Cave himself, employing 3D audio-spatial mix technology for an optimized binaural listening experience, along with a soundtrack by him and long-time collaborator Warren Ellis. Cave will discuss his new book—the tale of an addiction and affliction–saddled misanthropist—with ExploreMusic‘s Alan Cross, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Indigo Books, Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: The second installment of September’s four-part “Wombat Wednesday” series at the Tranzac will feature a splendour of childhood inhibition and creativity captured with HB pencils on foolscap paper and interlined notebooks. At “Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids 8,” a bunch of grownups will do just that—read stories, poems, diary entries, and the like from their youth to a room full of strangers. You’ll be able to take delight in the oddities and absurdities of these written treasures, just as your teachers and parents did all those years ago. Potential readers were asked to sign up in advance, although a few walk-in spaces might be available this evening. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
WORDS/PARTY: On the heels (or spine) of a fine independent book retailer closing its doors, This Ain’t The Rosedale Library is celebrating three decades in the book business. As part of the Authors at Harbourfront Centre series, the celebration will feature readings by bill bissett, Lee Ann Brown, Eileen Myles, and Stuart Ross. Jowi Taylor will also present his book Six String Nation: 64 Pieces, 6 Strings, 1 Guitar and the guitar built from pieces of Canadian heritage. Be sure to head back to the bookstore’s home turf in Kensington for the after-party (10 p.m.) at Supermarket. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $8 (FREE for members and students with ID).

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