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Urban Planner: June 13, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a screening of Banksy's movie, square dancing lessons, and summer camp for adults.

  • Film: Is there anyone who doesn’t love the world’s most famous (yet somehow still anonymous) graffiti artist, Banksy? If you haven’t yet been acquainted, check out a screening of this great documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop which explores the often misunderstood world of street art. And while you’re thinking about Banksy, go ahead and recall that time he stopped by Toronto. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Dance: Ever wanted to learn to square dance? Triangle Squares is offering the opportunity you need to do away with your two left feet. No dancing experience (or partner) is required and there’ll be snacks and prizes in addition to the modern art of square dancing. Here’s a video to help you get into the mood. The 519 Church Street Community Centre (519 Church Street), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Offbeat: Mammalian Diving Reflex wants you to get on your feet this summer with a weekly event series called Socialist Games. Here, you’ll get to meet with other strangers and play various summer-campish activities. If you’re looking for something unique to get involved with, let this be it! The Theatre Centre Pop-Up (1095 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Books: The Authors at Harbourfront Centre is wrapping up its 39th season of weekly readings with a series of events including this interview between two established authors. Carl Hiaasen (author of 12 novels) will be having a sit-down with bestselling author, Andrew Pyper; they’ll be discussing Hiassen’s latest effort, Bad Monkey. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $10. Details

Ongoing…

  • Art: HUNTCLUB brings Montreal artist Fred Caron’s Trust Isn’t an Issue to its gallery for a two-week exhibition, beginning with an opening on Monday, June 10. The street artist is focusing on aspects of Stockholm syndrome for his installation’s short run in Toronto; later this summer, he’ll be the co-curator for on-site art at the Osheaga Festival. In addition to the opening, Caron is also doing an artist’s talk on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. HUNTCLUB (709 College Street), 6 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Wheels: If you enjoy biking in the city (and of course you do) then get your wheels tuned up and join in Ward 29 Bikes’ weekly summer series, Thursday Night Rides. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to spin around neighbourhoods you might not normally explore on your own while getting to meet other like-minded cycling citizens. Be sure to check out their website for the starting point and schedule (also to get confirmation that the ride’s still a go due to weather, etc.). Multiple venues, 6:15 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: Passion Play is an epic cycle of three plays that explores how religion, politics, and theatre intersect. The three-act play, which starts off in Withrow Park before moving down to Eastminster United Church, depicts traditional passion plays throughout three historical periods. This play by Sarah Ruhl is presented by Outside the March, Convergence Theatre, and Sheep No Wool. Multiple venues, 7 p.m., $25. Details
  • Photography: Canadian indie music label, Arts & Crafts, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they’re showing a new exhibition from Toronto photographer, Norman Wong. The exhibition features images of various artists over the years including Feist, Kevin Drew, Emily Haines, and many more. You’ll be able to buy a book of photography there and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Testicular Cancer Canada and MusiCounts. 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: It’s a sure sign of summer when theatre productions start popping up in green spaces across Toronto. Launching into their eighth season, Bard in the Park is happy to present The Merry Wives of Windsor. In this Shakespearean comedy, the vain, yet cowardly, knight Sir Falstaff attempts to pursue two wealthy women in hopes of financial gain. Embarrassment ensues. Kew Gardens Park (2075 Queen Street East), 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. Details
  • Theatre: Broadway’s second longest running show prowls into Toronto, boasting an entirely Canadian cast. The all-new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS combines established acting talent, a known and loved score, and holographic set design. Directed by Dave Campbell, and featuring performances by Eric Abel, and original Canadian company member Susan Cuthbert. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m., $40-$110. Details
  • Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
  • Theatre: Set your phone to vibrate and prepare for a voyage into uncharted territory with Asiansploitation: The Text Generation. Self described as “sketch comedy with a slant,” the show tackles important issues such as our culture’s dependency on technology, while imagining what the love life of Star Trek‘s Data might be like. Audience-influenced scenes and song parodies abound! George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place), 8 p.m., $20. Details

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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 us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.

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