In today's Urban Planner: some science with your movies, a play that was once banned for being obscene, and Miranda Mulholland wraps up a month-long musical residency at Cameron House.
- Film: Just how scientific are your favourite sci-fi movies? Tonight, U of T and the Treehouse Group present the final instalment of Science at the Movies. This time, the focus is on the 1986 robot classic, Short Circuit. Join Canadian author and science journalist Dan Falk as he moderates an in-depth discussion of the film between U of T professors Diana Raffman (philosophy), and Sheila McIlraith (computer science). Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 5:30 pm, $10. Details
- Art: If you're looking to expand your cultural knowledge of Latin America, look no further than the aluCine Festival. This showcase of all things Latin American features a wide variety of events, including film screenings, art installations, and workshops. Multiple venues, March 21-31, FREE. Details
- Photography: Tonight (March 19), the second-annual Sound Image Music Photography Contest and Exhibition kicks off with a party. Judges Stephen Carlick (Exclaim! photo editor), Lucia Graca (creative director of Analogue Gallery), music photographer Barrie Wentzell, and Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning will start the evening by announcing the contest's winner. The two-week-long exhibition features work from Courtney Lee Yip, Brian Patterson, Jess Baumung, Kevin Calixte, Roger Cullman, Vanessa Heins, and more. Analogue Gallery (673 Queen Street West), 12:00 pm, FREE, but RSVP required for the party. Details
- Music: Miranda Mulholland, the redheaded "Fiddle Ninja" from Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Star, has spent the last few years between Toronto and Los Angeles, writing and recording a solo album. Now she's sharing her new tunes during a month-long residency with her band of Toronto friends: Patrick Brealey (piano), James Robertson (guitar), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Anna Ruddick (bass), and Josh Van Tassel (drums). She plays every Tuesday in March. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 6:00 pm, PWYC. Details
- Theatre: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents the Canadian premiere of Lauren Yee's cheeky and insightful play, Ching Chong Chinaman. The ultra-assimilated Wong family don't quite fit the Asian-American stereotype: teenaged Upton ignores chores and homework to play video games, and his sister Desi's math scores are less than stellar. Upton's solution to both problems? Hire an Asian indentured servant with an American dream. Starring Zoe Doyle, Brenda Kamino, Oliver Koomsatira, Richard Lee, Jane Luk, and John Ng. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East), 8:00 pm, $15-$28. Details
- Theatre: It's hardly news nowadays when an actor disrobes onstage, giving an audience a glimpse at what's underneath a costume. It's another thing entirely when the theatre itself strips down to its bare bones. For Canadian Stage's production of THIS, by Melissa James Gibson, a Canadian playwright gaining popularity in New York City, artistic director (and director of the play) Matthew Jocelyn and set designer Astrid Janson did just that to the historic Berkeley Street Theatre in Corktown. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8:00 pm, $22 to $49. Details
- Comedy: The Toronto Comedy Brawl is in the middle of a growth spurt. Despite humble beginnings, Ian Atlas’ amateur competition has grown from 64 participants to, this year, a few hundred. The Crown and Tiger (414 College Street), 8:00 pm, $5. Details
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