Urban Planner: February 26, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 26, 2009

MUSIC: We’ve been following the qualifying rounds since the first week, and tonight the Fifth Annual Karaoke Superstar Contest Finale hits the Gladstone Hotel‘s Melody Bar. Go cheer on your favourite finalists from the previous three weeks as they battle it out in front of a panel of local celebrity judges, featuring two former Canadian Idol contestants (Sebastion Piggot and Katelyn Dawn), the “trashtastic” Ryan G. Hinds, and the Gladstone Cowboy himself, Hank Young. The winner will receive a grand prize of $1,000 and the coveted title of Karaoke Superstar! Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.
FILM: The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum presents the next installment of their Street Art Film Series tonight. Bomb It uses interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti writers in action on five continents to trace the story of graffiti, from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings through the explosion in New York City during the ’70s and ’80s and onto its spread around the globe. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., $10, $8 students & seniors, $6 Friends of ICC.
ART: The Liberty is hosting an opening reception tonight, as the Elliott Contemporary unveils “Directions in Abstraction, Part 1,” their second exhibition of 2009. Featuring a collection of works by four Canadian artists (Mitchell F. Chan, Stanley Feldman, Lorne Wisebrod, and Mary Wong), the show examines the referential nature of abstract forms and how they come to signify something the viewer recognizes and understands. The show runs to March 21. The Liberty (25 Liberty Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Today is Lunch Money Day, and there are two related items worth mentioning. First, Second City will be supporting the cause by donating $5 for every ticket sold today (at their box office or online), up to a maximum of $10,000, which is equal to 20,000 meals. On a somewhat smaller scale (but no less noteworthy), local comedian Todd Van Allen is hosting a comedy night at McVeigh’s Pub with the entire door going to Second Harvest. McVeigh’s Pub (124 Church Street), 9:30 p.m., $5.
DANCE: In The Part, presented by local dance company Dancemakers, Antonija Livingstone examines social and performative roles, particularly the “traits they share and fascinations they hold.” This is the first Toronto showing for Livingstone, who has mounted successful performances in Vancouver, Montreal, and Europe. The show continues through Saturday, February 28. Dancemakers’ Centre for Creation, Studio 313 in the Cannery Building, The Distillery District (55 Mill Street), 8 p.m., $18–$22.
LECTURE: Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science, in association with the School of Urban and Regional Planning, presents a roundtable discussion today at the Ryerson Architecture Building. The theme is The Contemporary Urban Waterfront: from Toronto to Dubai, and panellists will reflect on urban waterfronts as a global condition, contemplating their collective pasts, presents, and potentially diverse futures. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Room 202 (the PIT) of the Ryerson Architecture Building (325 Church Street), 4 p.m., FREE.