Urban Planner: April 15, 2009
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Urban Planner: April 15, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s daily guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every morning. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Still images from Living in Emergency, courtesy of VK PR.

FILM: Hot Docs presents the Toronto premiere of Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctor’s Without Borders—the last Doc Soup screening until next fall. The raw film follows the work of two new-recruit doctors and two experienced volunteer doctors as they struggle under immense pressures in the most volatile parts of the world. Director Mark Hopkins will be in attendance. A limited number of free tickets for students with ID will be released at 5:30 p.m. at the door. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., $12.
DESIGN: First-year Engineering Science Praxis students show off their hard work at this year’s 2009 Praxis II Design Showcase. The students chose six design challenges to solve from a possible eighty problems posed by the TTC and Metrolinx. The final design prototypes and conceptual artwork of the students’ solutions will be on display today only. Bahen Centre, lobby (40 St. George Street), 9 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: The Ninth Annual Reelworld Film Festival, a celebration of diverse cultural representation in film and new media, begins tonight with the opening night gala screening of Giancarlo Esposito’s directorial debut, Gospel Hill. The film—starring Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, and Taylor Kitsch—is followed by an as-yet undisclosed after-party with the director in attendance. Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West), 7:30 p.m., $20 (screening only), $25 (screening and after-party).
ART: We finally get to discover the meaning behind those vague pink crosses that appeared recently on Toronto sidewalks. “What Has Architecture Done For You Lately?”—an exhibit of conceptual art that attempts to reinvent the cultural vernacular of architecture (George Costanza would be proud)—opens tonight at the Design Exchange. The opening party features music from YYZ Records artists TMDP and DJ Chili P, and organizers request that attendees incorporate a touch of neon pink into their outfits. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: There’s a long-standing relationship between writers and alcohol and the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading series invites readers to get into the libation action with tonight’s “Literary Buzz: A Trip Down Under.” Australian author Jennifer McLagan speaks about the culinary and vine cultures of her homeland, followed by Australian wine tasting led by international wine journalist Edward Finstein. Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE (for discussion only) or $25 (for discussion and wine tasting).