In today's Urban Planner: artist Omer Fast speaks at Harbourfront, economics guru Tyler Cowen holds a public lecture, and British Teeth keeps things light at the Rivoli.
ART: Born in Jerusalem and now working in Berlin, artist Omer Fast has studied and worked in many parts of the world. Today, at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery International Lecture Series, he’ll speak about his career. Also, he has a solo exhibition at the gallery, “Continous Coverage,” which opens this week. Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m., $12, FREE for members.
LECTURE: Upon its release, Tyler Cowen’s e-book The Great Stagnation sparked debate about our difficult economic times. Now, Cowen—who is an economics professor at George Mason University and a regular writer for both the New York Times and marginalrevolution—is holding a special public lecture in Toronto. It will be followed by a discussion with National Post columnist Andrew Coyne. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 7 p.m., $20 or $5 for students.
COMEDY: Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award–winners and Sketch Com-Ageddon finalists British Teeth present a night of laughs with Don’t Wait Up. Sketch comedians Filip Jeremic and Allana Reoch have a bunch of new skits and some old favourites on tap for the night. They’ll be joined by host Debra DiGiovanni, sketch troupe Templeton Philharmonic, and stand-up comedian Arthur Simeon. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.
TIFF: Ask any local cinephile and they’ll tell you: Contrary to Andy Williams’ time-honoured holiday standard, early September is, in fact, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Why? Because early September means TIFF (on this year from the 6 – 16), and TIFF means movies, movies, and more movies, with all sorts of big-time movie stars swanning about town. Keep an eye out for our daily recommendations, visit our TIFF ’12 hub for our reviews, and have yourself a merry little TIFF-mas time.
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