Urban Planner: May 10, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 10, 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].

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Photo of Ahdri Zhina Mandiela courtesy of Factory Theatre.


THEATRE: Today is the last day of Crosscurrents, the ninth annual playwrights festival, at the Factory Theatre. Dedicated to playwrights of colour, the event celebrates the diversity of Canada’s national theatre scene. Today’s feature is poet and filmmaker Ahdri Zhina Mandiela’s who knew grannie, a dub aria about the expiation of generational family ties. Mandiela is the founder and artistic director of b current, a company exploring black identity through experimental theatre, dance, and dub poetry. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 2:30 p.m., P.W.Y.C. or $10 in advance.
FASHION: 107 Shaw Gallery is hosting “Take your Clothes Off,” a monthly sale of one-of-a kind vintage items for the spring. Pieces have been carefully selected by vintage connoisseurs, including stylist Claire Edmonson, retailer Owen Millburn of Millburn clothing, and Anne Marie Bergeron, owner of Bang-on-t-shirts. An interdisciplinary exhibition and performance space, 107 Shaw assists artists in the development and presentation of new visual, performing, literary, and media art. 107 Shaw Gallery (107 Shaw Street), 11 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Gorgeous cherry blossoms are flowering around the city, including the fifty-odd fruit trees in the orchard of the Spadina Museum. This Mother’s Day, the museum is hosting Spring Blossom Fest, where you can tour the orchard and get your portrait taken. Picnic blankets will also be strewn throughout, so you can settle down, enjoy the free apples on offer, and listen to tunes spun by DJ Quim. Spadina Museum Orchard (285 Spadina Road), 1–4 p.m., FREE.
COMICS: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival continues today with Owl Kids Day, which offers crafts, readings, and interactive presentations for kids and families that feature cartoonists from Chirp, Chickadee, and Owl magazines. Another exciting event is a discussion panel on the interrelations between newspapers, comic books, and the internet. Moderated by columnist Steven Murray, the panel involves R. Stevens, creator of the webcomic Diesel Sweeties; author Scott McCloud; artist Stuart Immonen; comics editor Brendan Burford; and John Martz, Chair of the Canadian chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), events from 11–5 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Bread & Circus at their Mamapalooza event, where rock bands, poets, and performing artists will offer works related to the theme of women and mothering. Throughout the month of May, the Mamapalooza Festival presents events for mothers and their families with a focus on music, health, eco-sustainability, and fun. Guests for today’s line-up include songstresses Linda M and Dinah Thorpe. Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 1–5 p.m., $10.

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