Urban Planner: May 3, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 3, 2009

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Photo of The Madness of the Square courtesy of Cahoots Theatre Projects.

THEATRE: Last chance to catch Marjorie Chan’s The Madness of the Square at the Factory Theatre this afternoon. The historical drama follows four friends who become unlikely revolutionaries in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, and the Western journalism intern caught in the tragedy. The Cahoots Theatre Projects production is complicated and ambitious, complete with a Greek-style chorus and video projections of images from the actual event. Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst Street), 2 p.m., P.W.Y.C.
WALKS: Weather forecasts are looking good throughout today, and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor walks. In addition to the third annual Jane’s Walk, a ROMwalk is also taking place. Their “Sacred Stones and Steeples” tour includes highlights like St. James Cathedral, Metropolitan United Church, St. Michael’s Cathedral, and St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church. Torontonians can also walk for charity by participating in the eighth annual Walk for Kids Help Phone. The family-friendly fundraiser celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Canada’s only national, bilingual, and toll-free confidential phone counselling service for kids. ROMwalk: walk begins at the northeast corner of Church and King streets, 2 p.m., FREE. Walk for Kids Help Phone: Coronation Park (100 Garrison Road), 10 a.m., pledges accepted.
DANCE: The Arte Flamenco Spanish Dance Company will be performing Viva La Danza Flamenca II tonight at the Robert Gill Theatre. Established almost two decades ago, the company embraces the idea of “Flamenco dance theatre”—performance that goes beyond dance to incorporate theatre, cante, and guitar for creating dramatic storylines. Robert Gill Theatre (214 College Street), 7 p.m., $12 at the door or $10 in advance.
ART: O’Born Contemporary Gallery is hosting a reception in honour of artist Rafael Goldchain, whose work is currently on display in an exhibition called I am my family. Goldchain plays with the photograph as a device for memory and truth, fashioning together an image collection of individuals who may or may not have existed, who may or may not share any common heritage at all. He is a featured artist in CONTACT, which is attracting photography enthusiasts to the city throughout the month of May. O’Born Contemporary (710 Yonge Street), 1–5 p.m., FREE.
SPORT: We’re delighted by the simple fun and old-school nostalgia offered by Toronto’s free kickball league. Emphasizing kickball (a.k.a. soccer baseball) as a primarily social rather than competitive activity, the league is hoping to expand, and it is open to anyone who is interested. Non-competitive co-ed play starts this weekend, and competitive league play starts later mid-June. Alexandra Park, 5:30 p.m., FREE.

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