Urban Planner: July 31, 2008
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Urban Planner: July 31, 2008

20080731urbanplanner.jpgDANCE: German electrohouse duo Booka Shade returns to Toronto for what will undoubtedly be a sweaty, sweaty dance party at CiRCA tonight. Hey, remember when CiRCA first opened and everyone was being all “Yeah right, I’m never going to CiRCA!”? Looks like the joke is on you, if you’re a Booka Shade fan. CiRCA (126 John Street), 10 p.m., $18.50.
SHOPPING: Although it’s not technically a real IKEA, products from the 2009 IKEA catalogue are now on display in a newly opened showroom on King Street East. While you can’t actually buy anything there, and it’s only open until August 3, the showroom saves time for the thousands of us who can’t make it out to Etobicoke or North York, but still want to look at the new items for 2009, or who find the internet strange and confusing. IKEA (143 King Street East).
BEER: Hart House is having a beer festival and barbecue this evening, featuring beer samples from Ontario Craft Brewers. Participating breweries include the Mill St. Brewery, the Great Lakes Brewery, the Creemore Springs Brewery, and the Big Rock Brewery, among others. Craft Beer Expert Mirella Amato will be present to answer all of your beer-related questions and give tips on how to enjoy beer even more (just funnel it, man!). Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., $30 ($20 for U of T Students).
MUSIC: This week’s No Shame showcase features another smörgåsbord of musical talents: Montreal psychedelic pop group Receivers are playing alongside Buffalo indie electronica team The Sleeping Kings of Iona, and Toronto melodic jazz-pop group Loitering Heroes. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9 p.m., $5.
BICYCLES: Today is the last day to get back one of the thousands of (allegedly) stolen bicycles (allegedly) recovered from (allegedly) Igor Kenk’s (alleged) property and put on display in two Toronto Police warehouses. If you’re going to check them out, be sure to bring proof of ownership (such as your bicycle’s serial number, an official store receipt, or a photo of you with the bike). Police will be on hand to register recovered bicycles, so make sure you have photo I.D. as well. 35 Strachan Avenue and 30 Ordnance Street, from noon until 8 p.m.
Photo of Booka Shade from their MySpace.