Urban Planner: March 1, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 1, 2009

Photo of Claudia Moore by David Hou courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Culture.

PERFORMANCE: The Royal Ontario Museum presents two back-to-back events that couldn’t be more different from one another. First, Tafelmusik offers museum-goers the “Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres,” an “out of this world” multimedia classical concert. Then, dance artist Claudia Moore performs two short solos, and presents her own dance creation, a duet realized by MOonhORsE Dance Theatre artists Tom Brouillette and Jennifer Lynn Dick. Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1 (100 Queen’s Park), Tafelmusik at 2 p.m., Claudia Moore at 3 p.m., FREE with ROM Admission ($22 for adults, $19 for students/seniors, $15 for children).
PERFORMANCE: Across Oceans’ choreographer Maxine Heppner assembles a diverse cast of a hundred performers in the lobby of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for Krima!…what a shame. The show aims to engage the audience in an ordinary public space and showcase exciting theatre that happens anywhere and anytime. The premise? Audience members loiter in the theatre lobby in anticipation of a show, when a mysterious event takes place and erupts into a dynamic celebration of dance, music, and theatre; hence Krima’s tagline, “Things happen to good people unexpectedly.” Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., $15–$25.
FILM: For the sixth year, the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival provides a diverse line-up of art documentaries. It finishes today with three screenings. The first is the world premiere of Georg Baselitz: Making Art after Auschwitz and Dresden, which follows Baselitz and curator Norman Rosenthal as they walk through the artist’s retrospective exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. The second is the Toronto premiere of Adele’s Wish, the story of an 84-year-old Los Angeles woman’s struggle to recover five rare paintings (including Glustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer) that were seized from her family by the Nazis in 1938. The last is an encore presentation of Herb & Dorothy, about postal clerk Herbert Vogel and librarian Dorothy Vogel’s improbable journey in assembling one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very little means. Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue), films start from 1 p.m., $12 for adults, $7 for seniors/students. Rush tickets only for Herb and Dorothy, fifteen minutes before the screening.
MUSIC: TrypTych, one of Toronto’s newest producers of vocal arts theatre, presents “The Sound of Sondheim” concert tonight. Under the musical leadership of Brahm Goldhamer, the cabaret offers a heartfelt tribute to Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim and features a variety of selections from musicals such as Sweeney Todd, A Little Late Music, and Follies. Trinity Presbyterian’s West Hall Theatre (2737 Bayview Avenue), 7:30 p.m, $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students.
LECTURE: The Royal Canadian Institute lecture series continues today. In his talk “Before Tragedy Strikes: The Quest to Predict Megadisasters,” Dr. Florin Diacu from the University of Victoria speaks about the problems facing researchers who try to forecast extreme events such as earthquakes, cosmic impacts, deadly pandemics, and stock market crashes. His book, Megadisasters, will be published in the fall. Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle), 3 p.m., FREE.