Urban Planner: March 22, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 22, 2009

Photo by Adam Bailey.

PARTY: Get those digital cameras charged, ladies, because Raptors star Chris Bosh is commemorating his twenty-fifth birthday in style this evening with a super sweet public party that will inevitably make all those lavish parties on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen seem kind of bush league. Though originally scheduled to be held at CiRCA, Bosh’s bash is now being held at Liberty Village‘s Maro (a bar “supper club” that needs to hire someone immediately to add a “Skip Intro” button to their website). DJs Whoo Kid and Starting From Scratch will spin all the fly beats. Oh, and some dude named Busta Rhymes is supposed to perform. Advance tickets can be purchased via Ticketweb. Ka-BOSH, indeed. Maro (135 Liberty Street), 10 p.m., $25.
WORDS: Coach House Books are throwing a poetry soirée this evening at Bar Italia. The event will celebrate the launch of Coach House’s three new poetry collections: Lisa Robertson‘s Magenta Soul Whip, Sina Queyras‘s Expressway, and Torontonian Matthew Tierney‘s The Hayflick Limit. All three authors will read from their collections. The first twenty guests in attendance will receive a complimentary “Magenta Hayflick Express,” a cocktail created just for this event. Bar Italia (582 College Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
FILM: A reminder that the Wright Stuff film festival continues at the Bloor Cinema. Instead of screening a film this afternoon, there will be a marathon of director Edgar Wright‘s hilarious 1999–2001 television series Spaced. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 5 p.m., FREE (with a $3 Bloor Cinema membership or a Wright Stuff festival pass).
ART: This afternoon at the ROM, Prof. Ronald Leprohon from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto will be giving a lecture entitled “The Meaning of the Book of the Dead.”
The lecture is part of the ROM’s Egypt Month, and in honour of the recently restored Book of the Dead currently on display as part of the museum’s Out of the Vault Series Leprohon will explain the importance of the Book of the Dead and explain why these scrolls helped provide hope for the afterlife. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 1-2 p.m., $20 ($17 for ROM members).