Urban Planner: March 8, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 8, 2009

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Steven Beckly’s THE LONG PRECARIOUS WAIT FOR SOMETHING UNCERTAIN TO ARRIVE, courtesy of List Gallery.

ART: The recently opened List Gallery holds an opening reception today for its current exhibition, “Here or There?” From multimedia installations to photography and fine prints, these works revolve around the common theme of being nowhere, or homeless, in the world. The contemporary gallery is itself situated in a part of the city—on Danforth between Greenwood and Coxwell—that is slowly attracting more and more art galleries and studios. List Gallery (1385 Danforth Avenue), opening reception from 2–5 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Victoria’s Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) provides training in singing, acting, and dancing. For the first time, the CCPA is embarking on a cross-country audition tour to offer entrance scholarships to outstanding talents at their auditions. The officials have already been to several cities, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Today, they stop by Toronto’s O.I.P. Dance Centre, where aspiring performers can try out for a spot and maybe even win a scholarship. O.I.P. Dance Centre (190 Richmond Street East, 2nd Floor), 12 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: V-Day, a global movement for ending violence against women, kicks off this weekend with A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer. The benefit production is comprised of a series of writings and monologues from writers such as Elizabeth Lesser, Kathy Najimy, and Edward Albee. The compilation is edited by playwright Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues fame. Tonight is the last chance to catch the show. Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue), 6 p.m., $18 to $28 on www.ticketbreak.com.
FILM: Pamela Tanner Boll’s Who Does She Think She is? also deals with issues facing women today. The documentary delves into the lives of five contemporary female artists who struggle to balance motherhood with professional creative work, and they confront society’s attitudes against female artists in general. The stories are interwoven, and they are fleshed out by interviews with writer Courtney E. Martin and controversial activists Guerrilla Girls, among others. Boll and fashion designer Annie Thompson will engage in a panel discussion of the film after its screening. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 11 a.m., $12.
WORDS:Un-Book” launches an e-book on implementing sustainable graphic design today at the Red Bull Gallery. The collaborative project will be written and edited by the design community. Today is the first opportunity for collaborators to meet each other and begin writing and assembling images. Content will be aggregated online through the website of cause-based design collective Spread the Word. Red Bull Gallery (381 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m., FREE.
TIME: A reminder that daylight savings started today at 2 a.m. Clocks spring forward by one hour.

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