Urban Planner: February 19, 2009

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Urban Planner: February 19, 2009

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FILM: The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum presents Next: A Primer on Urban Painting by director Pablo Aravena. As part of the Street Art Film Series exploring the history, politics, and future of street art around the world, the film uses footage of street artists in action and interviews with various participants in the subculture to convey the dynamism and creativity of this emerging artistic movement. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., $10, $8 students & seniors, $6 Friends of ICC.
ART: Last year, OCAD’s Material Art & Design program issued an open call to jewellery and metalsmithing students across Canada to “free themselves of the masks and facades of society” and to submit their designs for consideration in an exhibition. “Secret Identity” is the result, bringing together “courageously intimate” works from all over the country and showcasing Canada’s emerging talent in jewellery design. The exhibition runs through March 14. OCAD Student Gallery (285 Dundas Street West), 5–7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Horseshoe Tavern hosts A Double Shot of Music, celebrating releases by two independent Toronto artists: singer-songwriter Pamela Brennan and local roots rock veterans Jay Clark and the Jones. Brennan’s debut solo release, One Hundred Photographs, is filled with songs of “everyday life and extraordinary experiences,” inspired by trips taken and people met along the way. Jay Clark and the Jones unleash their third disc, Blue Cholera, which filters themes of faith and societal breakdown through a working class lens. The show also features special guest opening act, Jack Breakfast. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) doors 8:30 p.m., $8.
THEATRE: Harbourfront Centre‘s World Stage season continues with the critically acclaimed Tshepang, from playwright Lara Foot Newton. Set in South Africa and based on actual events, Tshepang uses striking visual imagery and symbolic set design to tell the story of the highly publicized trial of six men wrongly accused of the brutal sexual assault of a child. Ultimately, in spite of the difficult subject matter, the play is a story of love, redemption, and forgiveness in the face of an appalling situation. Play runs through Saturday, February 21. Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $30.

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