Urban Planner: January 29, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 29, 2009

Boot and Red Heel by Noelle Elia courtesy of Elliott Contemporary.

ART: We advise a little self-conducted tour in the west end to cover four art openings in relative proximity. Start on Liberty Street with Elliott Contemporary, where four photographic artists—Noelle Elia, Christopher Hayes, Stephen Ibbott, and Pearl Van Geest—who each work in very different ways come together to express the nature of sexual relationships. “Subtexts” is the gallery’s first exhibit of 2009. Liberty Bistro (25 Liberty Street), 6 p.m. Over on Queen West, Board of Directors are presenting “Forest” by coe&waito and “Blunderhood” by Michael Caines (1086 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m. On Ossington, stop at the window of Paul Petro Contemporary Art (980 Queen Street West) to see Robert Kennedy’s film installation Animal Control #3, part of this weekend’s 8 Fest (more on that tomorrow). And on Tecumseh, “New Beginnings,” a group show inspired by the latest wave of positive change, is at the Susan Hobbs Gallery. Discover sculpture by Ann Dean and Tonik Wojtyra, photographs by Soo Kim, video of a fireworks performance by Jon Sasaki, and boxes of light by Claude Zervas. Susan Hobbs Gallery (137 Tecumseth Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: Head over to the back entrance of the Royal Ontario Museum for an in-depth look at life for Toronto’s homeless, presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture. “An Evening with Cathy Crowe: Homelessness in Our City” begins with street nurse Cathy Crowe talking about her experiences on the front lines of poverty. Her talk is followed by the documentary film Shelter from the Storm. After the screening, filmmaker Michael Connolly will join Crowe and Rainer Driemeyer—poverty activist and former tent city resident—for a panel discussion on the current state of homelessness in Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophee Eaton Theatre (100 Queen’s Park, South end Loblaws entrance), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Revue Cinema‘s “Drop Your Shorts” is a unique short-form film night that has been running at the theatre on a semi-regular basis. As it’s a self-curated event, anyone can drop off their short films to the theatre for a public screening the following week. The screening has the potential to be a giant screen version of YouTube, but we (and the Revue, we assume) hope for some semblance of self-imposed quality control from participating filmmakers. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7 p.m., $2.
MEDIA: The Canadian Journalism Foundation puts Canadian media ethics on the hot seat tonight over what it sees as lapsed ethics in the coverage of re-routed Canadian citizen Maher Arar. The event begins with Arar himself speaking about the role the media played in his rendition, release, and subsequent search for answers and accountability. Arar will be joined by author Kerry Pither (Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror) and CBC news correspondent Bill Gillespie. Guests must register ahead of time. Victoria College Alumni Hall, University of Toronto (91 Charles Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Art of Time Ensemble continues its tenth-anniversary season with a two-night performance at Harbourfront (tonight and tomorrow). “Source and Inspiration III” celebrates the music of Erich Korngold with a performance of his Suite for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, Op. 23 by the Art of Time Ensemble. The ensemble is joined by Danny Michel, Martin Tielli, and John Southworth, who have all written new pieces inspired by Korngold’s opus. Cameras are only permitted for the first twenty minutes of tonight’s performance. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $39.