In today's Urban Planner: the Canadian Opera Company kicks off GrimmFest, Cinema Politica presents Special Flight, Jem Cohen: We Have an Anchor starts a two-night stint, and CALLAGHAN! And the Wings of the Butterfly premieres.
FAIRY TALES: The Canadian Opera Company is celebrating 200 years of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales with GrimmFest. Five straight days of family-friendly programming will take place across the city, starting with today’s Happily Ever Opera. The stars of the COC will take you to mystical lands with popular and lesser-known operatic arias and duets inspired by the timeless Grimm tales. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m.–1 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Every year, thousands of people are imprisoned in Switzerland without trial or sentence, because they are living in the country illegally. Documentarian Fernand Melgar spent nine months in an administrative detention centre in Geneva, capturing the “end of the line” process for those about to be deported. His film, Special Flight, screens tonight as part of Cinema Politica, and is co-presented by No One is Illegal Toronto. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:45 p.m., suggested donation $2—$10.
MULTIMEDIA: Tonight, TIFF and the Images Festival team up to co-present a unique hybrid performance piece, Jem Cohen: We Have an Anchor. A decade of Cohen’s documentary footage—in both HD projections and 16-mm film—have been coupled with various texts, such as poems and local news items. The screening will be accompanied by a live musical performance from a “supergroup” made up of Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), along with special guest vocals from Mary Margaret O’Hara. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 8 p.m., $40.
THEATRE: Watch Jack Callaghan battle Russian goons, fight wild beasts of Guatemala, dodge elaborate traps, and perform romantic musical pieces in CALLAGHAN! And the Wings of the Butterfly. Created and performed by Toronto comedy group Sex T-Rex, the show combines romance, music, tragedy, and adventure, but relies mostly on pure silliness (in a good way). Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 9 p.m., $15.
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