In today's Urban Planner: leading women in design talk about why there are so few women in design, as part of the "Capacity" exhibit; an all-candidates debate produced by the political-engagement group Why Should I Care?; a classic Hitchcock film screens in Christie Pits; and alternative comics crack wise at Laughable at Unlovable.
LECTURE: As an introduction to their “Capacity 2011” exhibit that opened last Thursday at the Design Exchange, the 10 Toronto-based female designers whose work is being exhibited (including Kirsten White, Arounna Khounnoraj, Michelle Ivankovic, and more) are taking part in a PechaKucha-style panel discussion entitled Design and Gender? to explore how their sex is relevant (or not) to their industrial and product-design work. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., PWYC (RSVP at email@example.com).
POLITICS: Why Should I Care? is a new grass-roots, local, non-partisan “civic engagement project,” aimed at getting voters and politicians alike communicating and consensus-building more effectively. Gearing up for the upcoming provincial election, they’re holding an early all-candidates debate for the ward of Trinity-Spadina and have invited candidates Tim Grant, Rosario Marchese, and Sarah Thomson to talk about issues affecting the area (RSVPs are strongly recommended.) Duke of York Pub (39 Prince Arthur Avenue), 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Summer Movies in Christie Pits is a new neighbourhood initiative spearheaded by Emily Reid (with the support of the Revue Film Society) to get people “escaping” to the park to watch some classic heist films with friends and neighbours. Tonight’s film is the classic Hitchcock thriller North By Northwest. Christie Pits Park, event starts at 7:30 p.m., screening begins at 8 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: Nick Flanagan and Steph Tolev‘s weekly stand-up showcase in the west end, Laughable at Unlovable, welcomes very funny guests like Tim Gilbert, Rhiannon Archer, and Michael Balazo to the stage this evening. Trust us—these people are so funny, you won’t be tempted to try the free pinball until well after they’re done (or at intermission). Unlovable (1415-B Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.
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