Urban Planner: February 15, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 15, 2009

Photo of Judy Chicago’s Signing the Dinner Party by Donald Woodman, courtesy of Rouge Contemporary

ART: From massive multimedia installations to intricate pieces of glass and tapestry, Judy Chicago’s work has been influential for decades, and it’s still going strong. Torontonians have the opportunity to get a double-bill of Chicago in the upcoming weeks: the Textile Museum of Canada just opened an exhibition of the artist’s works in thread, “When Woman Rule the World”, and yesterday, the Rouge Contemporary held an opening reception for a survey of her pieces in paper, ceramic, and glass sculpture. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $12 or $6 for students/seniors; Rouge Contemporary (732 Queen Street East), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Celebrate Black History Month with your kids at the third annual African Canadian Children’s Literary Festival. The event includes reading, writing, poetry, spoken word, and storytelling activities, as well as an African market, silent auction, and raffle prizes. York Woods Library and Theatre (1785 Finch Avenue West), 1–5 p.m, FREE.
MUSIC: The roots-reggae harmony trio The Abyssinians are also celebrating Black History Month. They headline the Black History Roots and Culture show at the Phoenix tonight, leading a lineup of performers that includes singer Willi Williams, saxophonist Isax, and reggae artist Howie Smart. The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), $35 through Ticketweb or $40 at door.
MUSIC: Today is also, of course, the last day of Wavelength‘s ninth anniversary celebrations. The final line-up of the event includes Mi Ami, Thank You, I Am Robot and Proud, Vowls, and Foxfire. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 9 p.m., $10 or PWYC.
FILM: This weekend is brimming with film fest offerings. In addition to the fourth annual Ozflix Australian Film Festival, which ends Monday, today is the last day to catch the second annual Toronto Romanian Film Festival. Critics have dubbed the recent surge in cinematic output from the country a “new wave,” and film-goers today can decide for themselves. Notable features being shown include George Dorobantu’s award-winning Elevator and Take, a film about a gravedigger who plans his own burial after discovering that he has two months left to live. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) and Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), films start at 12 p.m., $15 or $10 for students.