Today: a lecture on green economies, Descant Magazine launches its winter issue, a human rights photo exhibition, and HAIR debuts at The Papermill Theatre.
LECTURE: What exactly is a green economy? Is it possible? Join former mayor David Miller and Dr. Frank Cunningham tonight for a lecture on the fundamentals of the idea. They’ll debunk myths and talk about what it might take to ensure a sustainable future. Great Hall, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 6–8 p.m., FREE with RSVP.
READING: It’s that time of year: Everyone is throwing around words like “blue” and “doldrums,” so no wonder Descant Magazine‘s newest issue is called A Winter’s Guide to Melancholia. Contributors David Norman, Sandra Jensen, Hendrik Slegtenhorst and Karen Green will be reading selections of their work. No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 6:30–9:30 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Human rights are the focus of four new photo exhibitions opening today at Ryerson. Human Rights Human Wrongs features 316 original prints from the Black Star Collection, and questions whether images of political struggle, violence, and suffering work for or against humanitarian goals. Alfredo Jaar’s The Politics of Images, Clive Holden’s UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS, and Dominic Nahr’s Captive State pose similar questions about ethics and nationality. Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: It’s the ’60s: the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, and the era of the Vietnam War. Join the long-haired, politically-active youths of HAIR as they struggle to create their own rite of passage amidst the chaos. Presented by First Act Productions and starring Sam Moffatt, Colin Asuncion, Rebecca Hergett, and Tanya Filipopoulos. The Papermill Theatre (67 Pottery Road), 8 p.m., $22.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.