Urban Planner: January 2, 2009
ART: There is only one month left of the “Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan” exhibit at the Textile Museum of Canada. The rugs express the frightening impact of war and invasion on Afghani culture: traditional woven images of flowers and birds have been replaced by images of guns, bombers, and brutality. There is a concurrent exhibit of the journal drawings of artist Richard Johnson, who last summer visited Canadian troops stationed at Kandahar. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $12.
FILM: The Kingsway Theatre is up and running after a four-month (and still counting) renovation by media group WhipTV. The theatre debuts this week with screenings of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Rachel Getting Married. Torontoist got a sneak preview on Wednesday, and we’re thrilled to see another rep cinema back in working order. Kingsway Theatre (3030 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $10.
FILM: If you can answer the question “What is your favourite colour?” correctly, head over to the Royal Theatre tonight (and tomorrow) for a free screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Get there faster than an African swallow can carry a coconut to see the knights who say “Ni.” Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 9:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Long-time bass player and record producer David Woodhead performs, with guests, at the Tranzac tonight. Tranzac, Southern Cross Lounge (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7:30 p.m., Pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested).
DANCE: If dancing is what you think of when you hear the term “swing,” then we have a workshop for you. Swing Toronto has organized a Lindy Hop weekend with Seattle dance instructors Mike Faltesek and Casey Schneider. There are two hours of workshops to start, followed by the Friday Night Swing Dance. More intensive workshops continue through the weekend. Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road), 8 p.m., $30.
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