Urban Planner: February 24, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 24, 2009

Photo of a decidedly younger Michael Muhammad Knight courtesy of Soft Skull Press.

WORDS: As part of Freedom to Read Week, This Is Not A Reading Series is proudly presenting the Canadian launch of Michael Muhammad Knight‘s The Taqwacores, a controversial novel about the Muslim punk-rock movement. Knight will appear this evening in conversation with Montreal filmmaker Omar Majeed, whose still-in-progress documentary Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam will feature the real-life punk bands whose stories inspired Knight to write his novel. Advanced footage from the film will be shown at the event, and Knight will partake in an extended Q&A session with the audience. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 (free if you buy the book).
WORKSHOPS: Toronto sex shop Come As You Are is throwing another sassy workshop this evening, for all you inner exhibitionists and ironically self-aware feminists out there. “Take It Off With Confidence” is an interactive for-women-only course that will teach the basics of stripping and lap dancing for your significant other. According to the press release we received for the event, the “best strip tease is the one that turns her on as much as him.” We say: what about the lesbians? Come As You Are (701 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $30 (register online or by calling 416-504-7934).
WORDS: After the successful release of 2006 anthology Nobody’s Mother, a series of essays from women who have chosen to forgo motherhood, a group of men from all walks of life have teamed up for Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids, launching today at Ben McNally Books. From uncles to babysitters, teachers to priests, the poignant collection explores the meaning of fatherhood in a childless environment. Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street), 6-8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: This afternoon at Soundscapes, Toronto’s Gentleman Reg will be playing in-store to celebrate the release of his new full-length, Jet Black (572 College Street, 6 p.m., FREE). Later, over at the Mod Club, K’Naan will be having a release party of his own for his new album, Troubadour (722 College Street, 8 p.m., $15.)