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Praise for the pap by Women’s College Hospital. Photo courtesy of Strategic Communications at Women’s College Hospital.
In today’s Urban Planner: a sexy art exhibition, a history lesson from the Women’s College Hospital, Ron Terada plays with words, opera makes more sense, and MothUP takes jabs at the ‘net.
SEX/ART: Gallery 1313 is hosting a large group exhibition of artists across the media spectrum—over twenty artists getting sexy with video, printing, sculpture, drawing, photography, and mixed media. Gallery director Phil Anderson curates the annual exhibition which, even better, has been deemed offensive to some and adult for all. Hardcores, crash the reception tomorrow at seven. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), 1–6 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Your friends from the Women’s College Hospital are (still) celebrating one hundred years of lady good times—that is, the most interesting and important moments and milestones in women’s health. (Fun fact, girls: it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the pill in Canada this year). Women’s College Hospital scored the country’s first female physician, delivered our first test-tube quints, rocked the mammography machine, and invented our favourite, the pap. See it all via the most compelling pics of the nurses, physicians, scientists, and volunteers who made it happen. Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place (181 Bay Street), through until January 23, FREE.
ART: Let Vancouver-based artist Ron Terada tell you who he is, literally, at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s Ron Terada: Who I Think I Am. Terada’s scoring lots of attention for his deadpan appropriations of vernacular texts—street signs, popular music, television advertising—into paintings, posters, and projections. This show looks at the career of ’80s New York artist Jack Goldstein, both grandiose and pathetic, documenting his life of obscurity, drug addiction, and depression. A fascinating bummer. Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Canadian Opera Company presents Opera 101, a free event for the opera-curious to chat with opera artists. Tonight’s special guest is Robert Orth, soon to be better known as Richard Nixon in the upcoming Nixon in China. Orth has played the disgraced president four times before, and his used-car salesman smile can’t be beat. He’ll be interviewed tonight by the CBC’s new Radio One host Brent Bambury, followed by Q&As (but seriously, are you a crook?) after the show. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
TALK: Storytellers are in luck: MothUP, the haven of chatterboxes and exhibitionists, moves up in the world—to College Street’s No One Writes to the Colonel—for it’s latest tell-all thematic edition: The Internet. Everyone’s got a horror story or two, and you’ll see many as storytellers take the stage and get performin’ in five minutes of true (this is key) and personal (even worse) tales of the web. We’re scared too. No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 8p.m., FREE.