Urban Planner: May 12, 2009
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Photo of Chuck Palahniuk by AlexRan.
WORDS: Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk will be appearing at the Isabel Bader Theatre this evening to promote his latest release, Pygmy. Palahniuk will read from the novel, followed by an audience Q&A, and a book signing for the first 150 people to pick up a wristband. Wristbands can be picked up on a first-come-first-serve basis from 5 p.m. onward at the theatre, and anyone who gets one is required to buy a copy of the book. Those who don’t get wristbands in time will still be able to buy pre-signed copies of the book (Mr. Palahniuk is very generous). Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 7 p.m., $10.
FILM: Join the After Dark Film Festival this evening for a screening of the 1989 cult classic Troll 2. The hilariously vulgar film, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, was shot in Utah in the ’80s by a non-English-speaking Italian and stars a cast of complete amateurs. Troll 2 is about a fleet of vegetarian goblins attempting to turn humans into plants so they can eat them or something. If the film sounds familiar, it might be because Troll 2 was the subject of Best/Worst Movie, a documentary from this year’s Hot Docs festival, which we reviewed just for you. Green popcorn will be served. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $10.
SPORTS: The Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees tonight in what promises to be the biggest communal booing session of the season. Tonight’s match will see pitcher Roy Halladay go head-to-head with former Jays member/eternal traitor A.J. “Burnett-dict Arnold” Burnett. This game will be amazing because tons of Yankees fans are always at these games, and remember what happened last summer when A-Rod was in town? If the way fans treat Vince Carter when he comes to town nowadays serves as any indication, this is going to be a really high-energy game. Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way), 7:07 p.m., $12–$210.
WORDS: Tonight at Revival Bar, join filmmaker Guy Maddin as he launches the book companion to his 2007 film of the same name, My Winnipeg, in an evening dedicated to Winnepegan mothers. “Attack of the Winnipeg Hockey Moms,” tonight’s theme, will first screen clips of notable cinematic mothers (with Maddin himself providing commentary), followed by a table-hockey competition featuring notable Canadians from both the book and sports worlds. Perogies will be served all night, complemented by DJs spinning Winnipeg content (Win-Con?) all night. Part of Pages’ This Is Not A Reading Series. Revival Bar (783 College Street), 7 p.m., $5 (free if you buy the book).