Urban Planner: December 15, 2008
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Urban Planner: December 15, 2008

WORDS: Get cozy on a hard church pew and listen to CBC’s Bill Richardson read the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Perhaps hearing the familiar voice relate how the power of Christmas spirit can overcome hard times will make the current hard times more enjoyable. Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $15.
FILM: If you’ve had it with the Christmas spirit, you may want to take advantage of the last chance to see Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In on a big screen. The movie is as antithetical to Christmas as it gets. On the other hand, the snowy landscape and the children’s story just might maintain that winter wonderland mood. Bloor cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:15 p.m., $9.
FILM: Speaking of the snowy north, Being Caribou offers a unique opportunity to witness the legendary Arctic caribou migration through the eyes of filmmakers Leanne Allison and Kartsten Heuer. The environmentalist and biologist, respectively, follow a herd of 120,000 animals across fifteen hundred kilometres of tundra. The film is being presented by the Green Screens program at the National Film Board. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: One doesn’t always associate psychedelic music with Japan, but Flower Travellin’ Band was among the country’s contributions to the psychedelic/prog-rock era. The band has embarked on a reunion tour that brings them to Toronto for a special appearance. Did we mention the lead singer’s awesome dreads? Guests Leh-Lo (former Joydrop drummer) and The Action Mob open. Revival Bar (783 College Street), 8 p.m., $17.
Photo by swilton from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.