Urban Planner: September 5, 2008
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Urban Planner: September 5, 2008

WORDS: This evening at the Bay-Bloor Indigo, join author James McBride and director Spike Lee for a discussion about the film adaptation of McBride’s 2003 novel, Miracle at St. Anna. There will be a book signing after, but attendees are asked not to bring additional memorabilia—sadly, collectors will have to hang out in front of five-star hotels this weekend if they want any autographs they can sell on eBay. Indigo (55 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Herbivores, unite! The annual Vegetarian Food Fair is back at the Harbourfront Centre this weekend. Over 100 exhibitors will be showcasing their veggie stylings, and there will be cooking demonstrations along with free food samples. This evening’s special events include a screening of The World According to Monsanto, and a performance by all-female trio Dame. The fair is BYOR (bring-your-own-reusables), so don’t forget your plates and cutlery. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 4 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Tonight at the Molson Amphitheatre, join young and old folk alike for what could either be the best or worst show of the summer. Journey is playing, joined by Cheap Trick and Heart. Although it’s unrealistic to hope that any of the bands will sound as good live as they did on, say, the Midnight Special, you might regret not making this one in another twenty years. Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore Boulevard West), 7 p.m., $22.50–$89.50.
LECTURE: There is a lecture tonight at City Hall on the successful light rail transit system in Paris. The talk is presented by the TTC and the Economic Commission of France in Toronto and will discuss ways the Toronto transit system can learn from Paris’ public transportation. The vice-president of the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, Phillipe Martin, will be speaking, along with Remi Feredj, the RATP’s director of Open Spaces and Heritage. TTC Chair Adam Giambrone will be introducing the event. City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
TRANSIT: A reminder that it’s (unfortunately) the last day to buy adult TTC tickets at subway and rapid transit station ticket booths. Tickets will still be accepted until September 27. If you have any outstanding tickets, they can be exchanged for tokens until the end of October at both the South Collector Booth of the Bloor-Yonge Subway Station (on Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) and the MDP Office located next to Davisville Station (on Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
Photo of Spike Lee by Wexner Center.