In today's Urban Planner: Get geeky with Science at the Movies, a Spotlight Japan dance showcase, and celebrate Black History Month with The Meeting at Hart House.
FILM: Sci-fi is about to get a whole lot geekier (in a good way) with Science at the Movies. The University of Toronto and Treehouse Group present this unique series of events, which combine classic sci-fi films with panel discussions featuring scientists. Tonight, join Lawrence Krauss, renowned cosmologist and author of The Physics of Star Trek, as he dissects Star Trek: First Contact. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7–10:30 p.m., $10.
DANCE: Canadian Stage presents a special showcase of Japanese performance art this week, with Spotlight Japan. Tonight, catch the hypnotic Haptic and Holistic Strata. Choreographer and dancer Hiroaki Umeda showcases Japan’s avant-garde hip-hop scene in these two pieces, which combine street dance, sound, video screens, and light effects. Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 7:30 p.m., $54.
THEATRE: AfriCan Theatre Ensemble celebrates Black History Month tonight with their production of Jeff Stetson’s The Meeting. In this one-act drama set in a Harlem hotel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X engage in an imaginary debate over civil rights, freedom, and the use of violence. To be followed by refreshments and a Q-and-A. Hart House, Reading Room (7 Hart House Circle), 7:45 p.m., FREE.
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