Urban Planner: February 23, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 23, 2009

STAGE: Internationally acclaimed acrobatic troupe the National Acrobats of China make their Massey Hall debut tonight. Founded in 1956, the troupe has won numerous acrobatic competitions over the years and thrilled audiences the world over. Their stage show combines martial arts, illusion, and (duh) acrobatics, set to traditional Chinese music. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 7 p.m., $29.50–$49.50.
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series continues its celebration of Black History Month with the launch of I Am My Father’s Son, a memoir by Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Hill. Hill, who found international success in the ’70s and ’80s with a string of soft rock hits, documents his stormy relationship with his father, Daniel Grafton Hill III, a man who has been called Canada’s father of human rights. Hill will perform a few songs and discuss the politics of fatherhood, human rights, and the international music business with journalist Marci Ien. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5 (free with book purchase).
FILM: The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill of rare Brit flicks tonight at Innis Town Hall. The Phantom Light (1935) is a comedy-drama about the clash between Welsh locals and the Londoners in town to investigate the murder of a lighthouse keeper. Train of Events (1949) is a compilation of four stories about train passengers whose lives intersect in a gripping finale. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: The Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra present the second installment of their Five Small Concerts series at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church. Tonight features members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing a varied programme of chamber music. This is a great chance to see talented young performers who will be the solo artists and orchestra musicians of the future. Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $18, $15 students/seniors.
LECTURE: Get your Canadian history fix at the 2009 Keith Davey Lecture today at the Isabel Bader Theatre. This year’s lecture, “The Lives and Lessons of Lester Pearson,” delivered by Andrew Cohen (journalist, author, and professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University), will examine Pearson’s role as one of the founders of modern Canada. Cohen’s recently published Lester B. Pearson was named by The Globe and Mail as one of the hundred top books of 2008. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 4:30 p.m., FREE (seating is limited).
DANCE: Tonight’s your last chance to catch Barbara Lindenberg’s A True Lady of Mystery at the Tranzac Main Hall. Two years in the making, A True Lady of Mystery is a collection of seven pieces for eight dancers inspired by dream imagery and stories from Lindenberg’s past. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.