Today: celebrate the 175th anniversary of Colborne Lodge, learn to make and preserve your own pear chutney, watch The Boxing Girls of Kabul at Hart House, and catch a Douglas Coupland lecture at the Power Plant.
HISTORY: Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Colborne Lodge with a tour of the building, built by John Howard in 1837 as a home for him and his wife (and named for Sir John Colborne, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada). In the spirit of the season, the lodge has been decorated for a 19th-century Christmas. Cozy up by the kitchen hearth, and enjoy refreshments from the time period. Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Drive), 5–7:30 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: If the impending winter weather has you scurrying into hibernation, you’ll want to attend tonight’s Canning Workshop. Learn the theory and practice of preserving while getting hands-on experience with a hot-water-bath canner. You’ll also be led through a recipe for pear chutney and get to leave with some jars of your own. Registration required. West End Food Co-op (1229 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., $45 for members, $50 for non-members.
FILM: Tonight the Hart House Conscious Activism Doc Series presents The Boxing Girls of Kabul. Filmmaker Ariel Nasr followed a group of young Afghan female boxers for a year, capturing their struggle to remain loyal to their country while breaking its traditions, their substandard training facilities, and their ultimate dream of making it to the 2012 Olympics. Hart House Library, 2nd floor (7 Hart House Circle), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery presents artist and novelist Douglas Coupland as part of the gallery’s International Lecture Series. His work—which includes 13 novels, numerous screenplays, and visual art pieces—meshes high and low culture, technology, spirituality, and mass media. Today’s lecture will touch on ideas of “public” and “private,” fiction and non-fiction. Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), 7–8:30 p.m., $12 or free for members of The Power Plant.
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