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Urban Planner: June 18, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: watch Intouchables at the library, an artist talk with Fred Caron, and the Luminato Festival continues.

François Cluzet and Omar Sy star in Intouchables  Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

François Cluzet and Omar Sy star in Intouchables. Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

  • Film: Not interested in any of the summer blockbusters occupying theatre screens right now? Why not check out what the Toronto Public Library has in store with their Afternoon at the Movies series? The feature of the day is 2011′s French film, Intouchables: a comedic story of an aristocratic quadriplegic, his attendant from the projects, and the unconventional friendship that blooms between them. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 2 p.m., FREE. Details

Ongoing…

  • Art: Theatre, Dance, Opera, Music, Magic, and so much more; the 2013 edition of the Luminato Festival has something for just about everyone. You can read our preview coverage, or keep track of our ongoing coverage right here. Multiple venues, 12 p.m., FREE—$125. Details
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Performing Arts: Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m., $60–$110. 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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