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Urban Planner: March 5, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: brushing up on Photoshop, birthday art for Toronto, and the follies of Star Trek.

Right Turn by Pete Kasprzak

Right Turn by Pete Kasprzak.

  • Technology: Whether you need professional images for your business website or want to add a little wow factor to your selfies, the Centre for Social Innovation’s new Camp Tech workshop—Photoshop for Social Media—is something you might want to consider. Learn how to make touch-ups, optimize your photos for online use, add effects or text to images, and more. Attendees must bring their own laptop and power cord. Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue), 6 p.m., $65 + fees and taxes. Details
  • Art: Our city is turning 180 years old, and Steam Whistle is celebrating this milestone by taking a look at how far we’ve come. Its March art show “Happy Birthday Toronto” features photographs and paintings depicting the city’s past, present, and future. Come out for the free launch party, or drop by any time throughout the month to check out the gallery. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Comedy: Have no fear: your monthly dose of comedic nerdery is here, courtesy of The Dandies! In Holodeck Follies Episode 3: Sings of the Father, the crew of the Albatross must create a three-part harmony with the Klingons and Romulans, or face discommendation. To keep an even keel, the rest of the night features non-Trekkie acts, such as stand-up by Kris Siddiqi, sketch comedy from Bitches Leave, and a musical performance by Chelsea P. Manders. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $10. Details

Ongoing…

  • Fashion: Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m., $6–$15. Details
  • Art: Artist Sarah Anne Johnson delves into life’s most intimate moments in “Wonderlust.” Using photography and visual arts, she explores the emotional attachment, romance, and self-consciousness that come with sex. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: The image most commonly associated with Franz Kafka’s most famous work, the 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, is that of a giant insect trapped inside a bare, dirty room with a rotting apple lodged in his back—the bug was formerly a man named Gregor Samsa, and the room was formerly his bedroom. As we all know, this distressing and inexplicable transformation from man to bug happened in an instant, although its emotional and literary after-effects have been haunting English students ever since.

    The stage adaptation of The Metamorphosis by the Icelandic company Vesturport Theatre and London’s Lyric Hammersmith, on now at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with Mirvish Productions, is much more watchable than this introduction would suggest. The only bug you’ll see in this version is a trick of light and shadow. And that’s not the only trick up this show’s sleeve (or perhaps antenna?). Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25–$99. Details

  • Theatre: Bollywood is the force that brings two stories of self-exploration together in Same Same But Different. After her mother’s life is changed by a run-in with the world of Indian cinema, Aisha—a Canadian-born actress—realizes that she must face her prejudices about nationality and skin colour in order to rise to stardom. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., PWYC–$32.50+HST. Details
  • Dance: Told through South American music and dance, Arrabal is the story of a young girl desperate to find out what happened to her father after the Argentine military made him disappear when she was just a baby. Her search leads her to the Tango clubs of Buenos Aires, where she discovers both the truth, and herself. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $44–$84. Details
  • Theatre: Is the right time to have a child simply when you’re emotionally and financially ready? Is bringing another carbon footprint–leaving creature onto our planet really the responsible thing to do? British playwright Duncan Macmillan poses these neurotic questions and more in his slightly off-kilter love story, Lungs. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21-$25. Details
  • Music: The Toronto Centre for the Arts is stripping away the glossy layers of the music industry with its Bare Bones and Up Front Indie Music Series. Every Wednesday for eight weeks, two local musicians will be given the chance to show off their songs and skills in an intimate setting. Some of the featured acts include Rehan Dalal (March 12), Meredith Shaw (March 26), and Lindy (April 9). Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $20. Details
  • Theatre: You can be taken out of a war, but can you truly remove the war from within you? This question is posed in Kawa Ada’s The Wanderers, a Buddies in Bad Times production about a father and son who flee a battle-worn Afghanistan. Though they start a new life in Canada, the horrors from their homeland refuse to be left behind. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., PWYC–$37. Details
  • Theatre: A man, a woman, and a major life decision. That’s what makes up Tarragon Theatre’s Marry Me a Little. Set to a score of rare Sondheim pieces, this Craig Lucas and Norman René story sees a young couple grapple with love, commitment, and the daunting future. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21–$53. 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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