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Urban Planner: April 11, 2012

Today in Toronto: go to a free screening of Waterlife at NFB Mediatheque while you still can, the play adaptation of acclaimed memoir Prisoner of Tehran premieres, and Egg Zeppelin's monthly comedy show welcomes the Barenaked Ladies' Tyler Stewart.

A still from Kevin McMahon's Waterlife.

FILM: With the announcement last week that NFB Mediatheque’s downtown Toronto cinema is closing, you only have a limited time left to check out some of their great screenings. The long-running Free Favourites at Four series is featuring the film Waterlife today about the fresh water supply on earth. The Globe and Mail called the Kevin McMahon film “a dire warning in the vessel of a tone poem, simultaneously a lyrical paean to the lakes’ lingering beauty and a relentless documentation of their rising toxicity.” The film is narrated by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson, and Brian Eno. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 4 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Canada Reads 2012 nominee Prisoner of Tehran has been adapted into a play, and the official opening takes place tonight at Theatre Passe Muraille. The piece is based on Marina Nemat’s memoir about her life, imprisonment, and torture in Iran, which MacLean’s called “one of the finest [memoirs] ever written by a Canadian.” The play, which runs until April 28, was adapted by Dora Award winner Maja Ardal and stars Bahareh Yaraghi, Mirian Katrib, and Razi Shawahdi. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $20–$35.

COMEDY: The Barenaked Ladies’ Tyler Stewart joins the Egg Zeppelin team of Kris Siddiqi and Marcel St. Pierre on stage for the second edition of the duo’s monthly show. The improvisational comedy and variety show features a new guest each time, with the Illusionoids’ Nug Nahrgang and stand-up comedian Dawn Whitwell also joining the madness tonight. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10–$12.


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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