Urban Planner: May 24, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 24, 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 Of All the People in the World by Ed Dimsdale, courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

ART: Today is the last day to catch Of All the People in the World, the eye-opening and visually compelling installation that we reviewed on Friday. Created by the U.K.-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe, the show brings fifteen tons of rice to the Harbourfront Centre, with each grain of rice representing one person. Throughout the exhibit, performers count and weigh different quantities of rice to convey a range of statistics, including the populations of various cities, the number of Canadians who eat fast food every day, and the number of military currently serving in Afghanistan. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
CHARITY: Toronto FC favourite Danny Dichio and his teammates are raising funds for children with cancer at Adventure Valley today. At the “KICK, CUT, CARE for kids with cancer” fundraiser, you will have the opportunity to practice drills and play soccer-related games with the FC squad, as well as cut or shave your head to make wigs for children with cancer. Proceeds go towards the Childhood Cancer Foundation. Adventure Valley (7015 Leslie Street), 11 a.m.–3 p.m., PLEDGES accepted.
FAMILY: The Gardiner Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary coincides with this weekend’s Doors Open event, bringing artistic activities and free admission for the whole family. The public can work with clay artists and enjoy wheel-throwing demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be performances from several musicians, including the didgeridoo-playing busker Shibaten Spirits, as well as a dance show. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
READING: This Is Not A Reading Series has hosted a gamut of literary events at the Gladstone Hotel over the past few years. In today’s “Literary Arcade,” series coordinators have set up listening stations around the ballroom for people to reconnect with local authors and revisit their favourite talks. Featured speakers include The Gwendolyn Poems playwright and Globe and Mail columnist Claudia Dey, writer and performer Lisa Foad, and novelist and Percordial Thump poet Zoe Whittall. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 12–4 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Since the band’s 2005 debut album, Destroy to Create, The Flatliners have signed a record deal with punk label Fat Wreck Chords and played alongside the notable likes of NOFX, The Hives, and Less Than Jake. On tour to promote The Great Awake, the young ska-punk rock band from Richmond Hill and Brampton fills the Opera House with their high-octane sound tonight. The Opera House (735 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $10.50 at www.ticketweb.ca, Soundscapes, Rotate This, Play De Record, Slinky, and Hits and Misses.

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