Urban Planner: March 19, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 19, 2009

Photo by Nigel Dickson, courtesy of OCAD.

ART: Award-winning photographer Nigel Dickson gives a talk at the Ontario College of Art and Design tonight. The internationally recognized artist engages in both editorial and commercial work; his diverse oeuvre includes personal portraiture, corporate campaign work, and panoramic landscapes. He received sixteen National Magazine Awards—the most awarded to any artist in the category of Visual Design—and also won the Les Usherwood Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. Ontario College of Art and Design, Auditorium (100 McCaul Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
ART: Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr, born in Toronto, is the subject of political art at the Toronto Free Gallery’s new group show, “Presently Absent.” Tonight’s opening reception unveils I Wish Omar Khadr Were Home, a set of two full-size portraits of Khadr with his face removed, where the viewer is invited to occupy the space. The work, created by Darren O’Donnell and Lillian Chan, evokes the face-in-the-hole novelties of an amusement park. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), opening reception from 6–9 p.m., live-feed performance by Johanna Householder at 6:30 p.m.
MUSIC: Renowned cellist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Yo-Yo Ma performs with The Silk Road Ensemble, a multicultural collective of international musicians, at Roy Thomson Hall tonight. The ensemble was founded by Ma, who intended for the group to connect musicians, composers, artists, and audience members across various national and cultural divides. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the ensemble involves artists representing countries including Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Mongolia, South Korea, and Tajikistan. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., limited seats available for today, tickets still available for tomorrow, $49.50–$149.50.
ART: The Susan Hobbs Gallery holds its opening reception tonight for Ian Carr-Harris’s work. In his ninth solo exhibition at the gallery, Carr-Harris will present two works—one new, one never shown before—that explore the relationship between language and architecture as “institutional frameworks.” His newest sculpture, Figure, continues his Paradigm series of architectural model/peep-show works and is on display in the main gallery space. Susan Hobbs Gallery (137 Tecumseth Street), 7–9 p.m.
COMEDY: After spoofing the farce genre with Colin Mochrie last Thursday, Impromptu Splendor channels Noel Coward in their latest improv outing. Joined by Deb McGrath from Little Mosque on the Prairie, cast members Naomi Snieckus, Ron Pederson, Kayla Lorette, and Matt Baram promise a witty homage to the master of English comedy. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10.