Urban Planner: March 16, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 16, 2009

Photo of Bie Engelen in The House That Jack Built, courtesy of Suitcase Theatre.

THEATRE: Suitcase Theatre’s new production, The House That Jack Built, begins today and runs throughout this March Break. The musical, based on the nursery rhyme of the same name, uses colourful masks as well as miniature and oversized puppetry for a family theatre experience. Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street West), 3 p.m., $20 for adults, $12 for students/seniors/unemployed persons, $50 for family package (two adults and two children).
FILM: Green Screens presents a free screening of Bacon, the Film at NFB Mediatheque. Québec filmmaker Hugo Latulippe examines the workings of large-scale factory hog farms, exploring their proliferating social and environmental impacts. The film sparked media and public debate upon its release and mobilized activist groups all over Québec. It won an honourable mention for the Audience Award at 2002’s Hot Docs festival. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: The Institute for Contemporary Culture’s current exhibition, “Housepaint”, is a collaboration between ten street artists and takes street art itself as its subject. Their work is created in memory of the former residents of Toronto’s tent city, a shanty town of undeveloped land on the shores of Lake Ontario, who were evicted without warning in 2002. Curated by Devon Ostrom of them.ca, the exhibit highlights issues of poverty and homelessness in the area. The canvas houses will be auctioned in July, with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Roloff Beny Gallery, Level 4, Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., included with admission, $22 for adults, $19 for students/seniors.
MUSIC: He’s produced award-winning albums for artists such as Joss Stone, The Roots, and Snoop Dogg, but he’s a Grammy Award-nominated musician himself. On tour to promote his fourth album, The Way I See It, R&B singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq plays his 1960s-inspired, rhythm and blues soul music at the Phoenix Theatre tonight. Phoenix Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 9 p.m., $26.50.
THEATRE: David Harrower’s play, Blackbird, was originally commissioned and produced at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, and it garnered rave reviews. It finally gets its Canadian premiere, thanks to the Canadian Stage Company and the non-profit artistic ensemble Studio 180. Directed by Joel Greenberg, Blackbird is a tale of romantic obsession about two former lovers who had what they considered to be a love affair when he was forty and she was twelve. Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $20–$42.