Urban Planner: October 15, 2008
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Urban Planner: October 15, 2008

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FILM: For the ninth year in a row, the imagineNATIVE film festival will feature videos and films by indigenous artists, alongside exhibitions and workshops voicing stories of survival and identity. You may have noticed their Indian Jane posters around—the festival’s annual marketing campaigns cleverly deconstruct Hollywood stereotypes of natives (we’ve been informed that the awesome scene in Temple of Doom where the guy gets his heart ripped out didn’t actually happen…sigh). Various locations, runs October 15–19. Tickets start at $7.
CULTURE: Mix and mingle with artists, filmmakers, poets, musicians, and the beautiful people at the Box quarterly salon night. The evening will feature productions from across the media spectrum and a social atmosphere for networking, so sling back a few martinis and work the room baby! The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
WORDS: The prolific Pages’ This is Not a Reading Series presents Savannah Knoop’s Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy tonight. Knoop grabbed headlines by pretending to be JT LeRoy, the non-existent male author of Sarah, a novel about an upbringing of abuse and marginalization. Knoop will discuss her motivations for the hoax with Quill and Quire editor Nathan Whitlock. No word yet on whether Whitlock will be wearing a dress. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 pm., $5.
LECTURE: Apparently there’s some sort of political stuff going on in the U.S. right now? Rick Salutin of the Globe and Mail will join Dr. Todd Gitlin of Columbia University, Dr. Anna Everett of the University of California, and Dr. Megan Boler of O.I.S.E. to discuss the politics of gender, race, and identity in media coverage of the 2008 U.S. Election. Presented by the Centre for the Study of the United States. Campbell Conference Room, Munk Center for International Studies (1 Devonshire Place), 4–6 p.m., FREE.
Photo still from Mad Morro, courtesy of the imagineNATIVE Film Festival.

CORRECTION: OCTOBER 15, 2008
Torontoist inaccurately represented the circumstances of Savannah Knoop’s adoption of the persona of JT LeRoy: LeRoy was not a twelve-year-old boy—only the narrator of Knoop’s/LeRoy’s novel Sarah was. As far as we know, LeRoy never “dressed up for press events as a twelve-year-old boy,” as we wrote, though it really would have been something if she had. We apologize for the error.

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