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Urban Planner: February 23, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: eat right to keep your brain in tip-top shape; see paintings inspired by a storm-chasing adventures; break out into laughter with the help of The Improv Show; and celebrate Etta James with the latest Sheroes art exhibition.

Check out this art exhibition which gets its inspiration from a dangerous photography pastime: storm-chasing. Painting by Ian Sheldon.

HEALTH: If you’ve been keeping to your resolution to get in better shape, then you probably know by now that eating properly is just as important as exercise. Join Dr. Carol Greenwood of Baycrest and University of Toronto as she explores the relationship between your diet and your brain in a discussion called “Nutrition and Brain Function.” Toronto Reference Library Atrium (789 Yonge Street), 1 p.m.–3 p.m., FREE.

ART: We’ve all watched the YouTube videos of some—how shall we say—less-than-sane attempts to capture tornadoes on camera. In any case, say what you will about the practice of storm chasing, the results are often astonishing. Storm Chaser is an exhibition of paintings by Canadian storm junkie Ian Sheldon, whose photographs serve as the inspiration for his work. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception 7 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: So it’s almost the end of the week—need a laugh? Of course you do. The Improv Show is back for another night of spontaneous jokes in Comedy Bar’s new cabaret space. Featuring Rob Baker, Kerry Griffin, Kayla Lorette, Carmine Lucarelli, Jerry Schaefer, and Leslie Seiler. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5.

ART: International Women’s Day is coming up, which means you have even more reasons to celebrate important women throughout history. Sheroes is doing just that with an art event that combines music performances, digital animations, interactive art installations, and more. The night will be dedicated to the memory of Etta James. The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.


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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