Urban Planner: January 22, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 22, 2009

Photo by Miriam Van Nest from “Im/AGE: From ‘Bust’ to “Boom’ to ‘Zoom,'” courtesy of ZoomerMedia.

ART: Torontonian innovator Moses Znaimer is curating a new exhibit, “Im/AGE: From ‘Bust’ to ‘Boom’ to ‘Zoom,'” launching today at the Propeller Centre For The Visual Arts. The exhibit is inspired by Znaimer’s New Vision Of Aging for Canada. It aims to idealize his theory of the “zoomer,” which is not actually slang for magic mushrooms, but rather a term describing a baby boomer with “zip,”…so, “zoomer.” Sixteen artists will explore the question, “What does it mean to be one of the 14.5 million 45+ Canadians in Canada?” Among works from Jim Bourke, Joan Kaufman, and Joseph Muscat, Znaimer’s exhibit will feature an installation from performance artist Faye Mullen entitled “here I lay,” in which Mullen is naked the entire time, hell yeah appears nude, buried and planted in a shipping crate filled with peat moss, paying tribute to that decades-old theme of decay. If Moses Znaimer ever wanted to change his last name, it would be funny if he changed it to Zoomer. Propeller Centre For The Visual Arts (984 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
PROTEST: As part of the annual Engineers Without Borders National Conference, approximately six hundred engineering students will be copying the internet today in an act of public defiance. At 6:45 p.m. exactly, from Spadina Avenue east to Church Street, and from Front Street north to Bloor Street, the students will temporary freeze in one spot. Their message is clear: they know that in witnessing this “freeze,” passersby will understand how they can make better lives for folks in developing communities by consuming certified fair trade products (duh). Find out more on the Engineers Without Borders Massive Outreach Event on their website. From Spadina Avenue east to Church Street, and from Front Street north to Bloor Street, 6:45 p.m., FREE.
SALE: This evening, Beaver Hall Gallery is hosting “Swap—Don’t Shop!” a clothing, book, and music exchange. All reject clothes, books, zines, comics, records, and listening material (in good condition, of course) are invited. Save yourself fifty percent on the admission price if you show up with something you made yourself, like a zine, comic, or a mix tape, along with the items you brought for swapping. Can’t make it tonight but want to check out future clothing swaps? Join the Swap—Don’t Shop Facebook group to receive information on upcoming events. Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul Street), 7–10 p.m., $6.
ART:Honest Threads,” the new installation from artist Iris Häussler, is taking place at Honest Ed’s for a reason! For the exhibit, Häussler received clothing donations from real Torontonians and wants you to come share your clothes as well. Visitors to this exhibit, which runs until March 8 in the Koffler Gallery at Honest Ed’s, will be able to borrow the garments on display so that they can literally experience what it is to exist in someone else’s shoes, or shirt. There is an opening reception tonight at the Koffler Gallery, featuring a talk from Häussler herself. “Honest Threads” is curated by Mona Filip. The Koffler Gallery at Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor Street West on the second floor in the east wing), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: New York Times columnist (and author of How to Cook Everything) Mark Bittman will appear in discussion tonight at Hart House, in an event hosted by Type Books. Bittman has just released Food Matters: A Guide To Conscious Eating, which promotes responsible eating and sustainable living, and warns of the dangers of government impact on the way we eat and other buzz kills. In conversation with Bittman is CBC Radio One‘s Matt Galloway. Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room), 7 p.m., FREE.
BIKES: There is a public open house tonight at Currie Hall, in order to discuss the city’s Jarvis Street Streetscape Improvement plans. The plan is to narrow Jarvis Street (south of Bloor Street) from five to four lanes to make room for better sidewalks and landscaping. The Toronto Cyclists Union is urging cyclists to show up and help support the still undecided notion of whether to implement bike lanes. Currie Hall (105 Maitland Street), 6–9 p.m., FREE.