Urban Planner: February 9, 2009
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Urban Planner: February 9, 2009

MUSIC: Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, indie-pop up-and-comers High Places touch down at the Horseshoe tonight. Touring in support of their self-titled full-length album (released in September 2008), the duo of Mary Pearson and Robert Barber use samples, stuttering beats, found sounds, and household objects to shape their distinctive sound. Soft Circle round out the bill. Horseshoe Tavern, (370 Queen Street West), 9:00 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: If your musical tastes run more to singer-songwriter roots music, head down to the Dakota Tavern, where John Borra‘s Rattlesnake Choir continue their Monday night residency. Formed in 2006, the band (whose current line-up includes Borra, Sam Ferrara, Tony Benattar, Miranda Mulholland, and Michael Boguski) performs exclusively on acoustic instruments, while mixing in the odd cheese grater, slinky, and saw. Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10:30 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: This month’s edition of Trampoline Hall, the informal lecture series that lets speakers talk about, well, whatever the hell they want, hits Sneaky Dee’s tonight. The line-up for the evening (curated by Margaux Williamson) features Susan Fothergill talking about “her car, a racoon, the moon, love, and another thing”; Saniya Ansari making some “Good Points”; and Michael Higginson discussing “Being in the way.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. sharp, $6.
FILM: Night #2 of the Kevin Smith Fest lights up the screen at the Bloor Cinema tonight, with the pairing of Mallrats at 7:00 p.m., followed by Chasing Amy at 9:30 p.m. Chasing Amy is considered by many critics to be one of Smith’s most mature and fully realized films, while Mallrats is arguably most notable for being the first of many collaborations between Kevin Smith and actors Jason Lee and Ben Affleck (who also happen to appear in Chasing Amy). Smith will be on hand for a Q&A after each screening. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $15 per screening in advance, $20 at the door.
LECTURE: The group Architecture for Humanity Toronto kicks off their lecture series, The Toronto Trilogy (in 4 parts), at the Design Exchange tonight with “Episode I: Toronto Remembered.” Tonight’s panel, featuring Past-Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar Frances Frisken of the Urban Studies Program at York University, and Patrick M. Cummins from the Toronto Archives, will discuss the city’s “past intentions, how closely we adhered to them, how far we departed from them, and what we have potentially gained or lost in the process of constructing our built heritage.” John Lorinc, author of The New City, will moderate. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE ($10 suggested donation).