Urban Planner: May 25, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 25, 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].

Photo by Esmond Lee.

ART: Esmond Lee considers himself to be “part space-shelter-imaginer, part humankind-lover, and part camera-owner.” His photography focuses on human subjects and the way different cultural and environmental conditions impact them. A Moment’s Look, his latest exhibition (part of CONTACT), examines the act of dwelling in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New Orleans, and New York City. The Great Hall Gallery (1087 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
CYCLING: Have a fun and environmentally friendly group commute by joining the healthy band of Torontonians cycling to work this morning. To launch Toronto Bike Month, commuters from around the city will meet at four different start points before converging at Yonge and Bloor to proceed together en masse. All riders will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt for participating, as well as complimentary breakfast upon their arrival at City Hall, where they will be joined by Mayor David Miller and Toronto city councillors. The route will be staffed with ride coordinators, paramedics, and a police escort for safety. See website for start points, 7–8 a.m., FREE.
FILM: In Amnon Buchbinder’s critically acclaimed film, Whole New Thing, a precocious thirteen-year-old boy grows up in the wilds of Nova Scotia and is sent to public school after being homeschooled since birth. Raised by hippie parents in an atmosphere of casual nudity and open sexuality, the boy quickly falls in love with—and throws himself at—his new English teacher, despite the latter’s rejections. The Cinematheque Ontario screening takes place at Jackman Hall tonight, and Buchbinder will be present to introduce the movie. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $10.14 or $5.90 students/seniors/members.
THEATRE: Now in its seventeenth year, First Draft Theatre Company continues to present readings of new, original works. Tonight’s season finale is Hilary Unger’s Aristide Bruant dans son Cabaret. The fin de siècle, historical cabaret concerns a master storyteller who, late for his performance, forces his apprentice to fill the time with amateur song. Timelines shift and players appear and disappear, making for an experimental and ultimately very contemporary work of theatre. Rosemary Doyle of Zed House Company directs. The Epicure Café (502 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., P.W.Y.C.