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Urban Planner: February 2, 2011

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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Rich Aucoin’s EP release at Tiger Bar. Photo by Corbin Smith.


In today’s Urban Planner: eXpress against oppression, watch twenty “naked as the truth” dancers explain singlehood, and pig out in honour of Groundhog Day.

LECTURE: The University of Toronto Student Union hosts Professor Angela Davis)—who, in addition to her work as a prison abolitionist and gender and race activist, was also a Black Panther—and Native American scholar and political activist Ward Churchill. They will give individual presentations and take part in a panel discussion on the politics of anti-oppression, to kick off UTSU’s eXpression Against Oppression Week, from February 1 to 4. The theme this year is “Academic Freedom, Student Agency, and Organizing against Oppression in the Academy.” Convocation Hall (31 King’s College Circle), 6:30–9:30 p.m., $16.50–$29.50.
MUSIC: In celebration of Black History Month, Theatre Archipelago’s Rhoma Spencer, accompanied by Talib Robinson, presents Rhythm & Rebellion – How Steelpan Started, tracing the history of the music to its roots in Caribbean history. Why an event featuring steel drums, quite possibly the loudest instrument, is being hosted in a library, we may never know—but it promises to be both fun and educational. Elmbrook Park Library (2 Elmbrook Crescent) 10:30 a.m., and Danforth/Coxwell Library (1675
Danforth Avenue
), 2 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre presents Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! (A little tenderness, for crying out loud!), part two of his raw and controversial dance trilogy exploring modern courtship, at Harbourfront’s World Stage. This performance focuses on singlehood and solitude and features a cast of twenty naked dancers. St-Pierre last graced the World Stage in 2008 with La pornographie des âmes, which kicked off the trilogy. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$49.
DANCE: Over at the AGO, writer, performer, and teacher Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha hosts the Disability Arts Movement Showcase, featuring performances and dances by her and others for and about artists with disabilities. Piepzna-Samarasinha, who identifies as queer and disabled, is the co-founder and co–artistic director of Mangoes with Chili and a performer with Sins Invalid. The evening is part of the AGO Youth Council’s Free After 3 program, which allows free AGO admission for youths on weekdays after 3 p.m. Art Gallery of Ontario ( 317 Dundas Street West), 6–8 p.m., FREE. [UPDATE, 2:34 PM: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9.]
FOOD: Chef Chris McDonald of Cava hosts the 2nd Annual Ground Hog Day Invitational Charcuterie Challenge, wherein eight top Toronto chefs compete to win a trophy (a plaque, adorned with pigs feet, upon which the winner’s name is engraved). To get your mouth watering, see the results of last year’s competition here. Who will make the most delicious “ground hog” dish tonight? And will it matter, once you’ve tried Cava’s promised pork posole? Cava (1560 Yonge Street), 6 p.m., $85, call 416-979-9918 to reserve.
MUSIC: Haligonian Rich Aucoin begins a three-night residency (do three nights count as a residency?) at the Drake tonight, and Kidstreet are opening. Aucoin’s live shows are notorious for integrating unusual film and multimedia, as well as a serious amount of audience participation. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10.

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