Urban Planner: February 22, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 22, 2009

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Photo by Sayuri Chetti courtesy of Studio Gallery


FASHION: Studio Gallery showcases the newest ideas and latest trends in contemporary art, design, fashion, and music. Each season, the gallery selects twenty of their favourite vintage fashionistas as vendors to open up their closets and sell some of their goods. The public can peruse the racks today at the winter edition of the Toronto Vintage Fashion Bazaar, where men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories are on sale. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags, and refreshments are available for purchase. Studio Gallery (294 College Street), 1–6 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Ben Kweller has been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. On tour to promote the release of his new album, Kweller plays a free gig at Sonic Boom this afternoon before heading to the Mod Club Theatre later tonight. Changing Horses, his latest self-produced album, is marketed as a turn toward country music and a return to Kweller’s small-town roots. Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), 3 p.m., FREE with a donation of a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
CHARITY: The world’s largest yoga challenge in support of arthritis research takes place across the country today. Thousands of participants and volunteers have already signed up to join in the “Power of Movement” fundraiser. Local yoga studios across Toronto are taking part. If you get up early enough, you can attend the mega-session at Wellesley Community Centre and practice your postures with as many as two hundred and thirty other yogis. Namaste. Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne Street), 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (sold out), donations and pledges accepted.
THEATRE: It’s the last day of the thirtieth Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times. The event offers a critic-free environment for explorations in experimental theatre. Tonight’s diverse line-up includes a piece about the May 1968 uprising in Paris and a dramatized encounter between Nazi cineaste Leni Riefenstahl and contemporary critic Susan Sontag. There’s also a showcase performance from the Young Creators Unit, which supports and develops thirty-minute solo performances from four young, queer-identified artists. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), shows start from 6:30 p.m., $17 for an evening pass.
FILM: From now until March 14, Cinematheque Ontario presents a spate of films from the Berlin School—the group of young, bold German filmmakers currently taking the international scene by storm. Today, the series, entitled “States of Longing: Films from the Berlin School,” screens Jerichow, Christian Petzold’s celebrated reworking of The Postman Always Rings Twice. The plot concerns a love triangle between a Turkish businessman, his wife, and her lover, but the film plays with film-noir conventions and focuses on the socio-economic and cultural factors imposing upon the hapless protagonists. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 5 p.m., members/students/seniors $7.08, non-members $11.56.
FILM: If you don’t feel like watching the Oscars at home tonight, head over to Innis Town Hall, where the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Student Union is screening the awards ceremony. There will be free popcorn and prizes, including a festival pass to HotDocs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival. The event is open to everyone, students and non-students alike. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), doors open at 6:30 p.m., FREE.

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