Urban Planner: August 13, 2008
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Urban Planner: August 13, 2008

LECTURE: Dr. Marianne Sommer of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is giving a lecture called “Popular Primates: A Time-Travel Through National Geographic.” The talk is a reflection on the history of National Geographic, and how public interest in primates has been shaped since the publication’s inception in 1888. Hosted by broadcaster Erika Ritter. OISE (252 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., $20.
THEATRE: The last hurrah of local actor/musician Henry Svec’s musical/comedy project The Boy From ET is happening at the Tranzac. Svec plays Canadian actor Henry Thomas, performing his new work The CFL Sessions, a collection of musical monologues performed by CFL stars. It’s confusing, and intriguing. Hosted by Ajay Mehra. The Tranzac Main Hall (392 Brunswick Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $7 (FREE for members of the U of T Dramatic Society Lecture Series).
ART: A joint exhibition opens today at Queen West’s Loop Gallery, and will be open for the next two weeks. The first is Vancouver-based artist Matthew Budden’s exploration of human infancy and vulnerability, The Babies of 2008. The second is Torontonian Matthew Janisse’s reflection on urban topography, Investiges. There will be a reception this Saturday at 2 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit. Loop Gallery (1174 Queen Street West), 1 p.m., FREE.
COMICS: Toronto comic artists Ian Daffern and John Lang are in the Top 10 for Zuda Comics’ online talent search with their new webcomic, Shock Effect (for more information on the comic, check out the duo’s new YouTube video). If they win, they’ll receive a $10,000 online publishing contract. Tonight, join Daffern and Lang at the Fox and Fiddle to have a few drinks and vote online on computers set up there. If you can’t make it, you can still vote at home until Friday, August 29, when the contest ends. Fox and Fiddle (280 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.