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Urban Planner: January 14, 2010

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.

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Professional pillow-fighters Shady Godiva and Maya Ruins duke it out. Photo courtesy of the Pillow Fight League.


PILLOW FIGHT: Pillow fights are no longer restricted to teenage girls’ bedrooms and teenage boys’ fantasies. In 2007, Pillow Fight League founder and commissioner Stacey P. Case transformed the pillow fight from an age-old slumber-party pastime into a women’s spectator sport designed to promote fitness, fun, and entertainment. Boasting fifteen “all-stars” with kick-ass attitudes and equally spunky monikers (Apocalipstick, anyone?), the League is headquartered in Toronto and has held events in Montreal and New York City, developing a dedicated following and receiving international media attention along the way. Tonight, PFL World Champion Olivia Neutron-Bomb faces off against #1 Contender Charley Davidson at the Mod Club in PFL 36 (which will be taped for OutTV). This battle is sure to have the crowds cheering and the feathers flying. Mod Club (722 College Street); doors at 8:30 p.m., fight at 9:30 p.m.; $12/advance, $15/door.
MUSIC: Toronto singer-songwriter (and sometime visual artist) Julie Fader only released her debut album, Outside In, last September, but she has likely been on your iPod for much longer than that. A talented multi-instrumentalist (she plays the keyboard, guitar, flute, melodica, and wurlitzer) Fader is a member of both Great Lake Swimmers and Sarah Harmer‘s band, but now she’s stepping out from behind the scenes and onto centre stage. Fader’s debut is a lush collection of quiet melodies and stunning arrangements, boosted by a little help from her famous friends: Chad VanGaalen, Justin Rutledge, Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Harmer contribute vocals, while Eric Aurich of Hey Rosetta!, Dean Stone of Apostle of Hustle, and other indie bigwigs provide instrumental backing. Fader headlines a show tonight at the El Mocambo, and will be joined by Daniel Romano of Attack in Black and Andrew Sisk of Share. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue); 9 p.m.; $7.
THEATRE: Beginning tonight and running for three performances only (until January 16), brand-new theatre company Theatre Caravel will be remounting their production of Parkdale-based playwright Darren O’Donnell’s Over, which was originally staged in November. The absurdist play concerns a brother and sister (played by Theatre Caravel co-founders Eric Double and Julia Nish-Lapidus) grappling with their inappropriate mutual attraction from within the confines of their cramped apartment. Over was originally staged at Somewhere There, a former apartment that is now a jazz workshop, but the play’s overwhelming success demanded a remount in a larger space. The Theatre Centre (100-1087 Queen Street West); 8 p.m.; $12/advance, $15/door.
FILM: Catch the latest installment of Chris Alexander‘s Film School Confidential, an ongoing series of cult-movie-screenings-cum-film-seminars held twice a month at the Bloor Cinema. Led by local cineaste Alexander (who spoke to Torontoist last month), these events strive to put the fun back into film school; each evening begins with a lesson taught by Alexander or celebrity guests, followed by a screening of a cult classic. Tonight’s offering is The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 flick starring the undisputed king of classic horror, Vincent Price. The film is the first adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, which recounts a global epidemic that transforms humanity into a population of vampires. (The novel was re-adapted in 2007 as an action vehicle for another member of Hollywood royalty: the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.) Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West); 9 p.m.; $8/members, $10/non-members.

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