Urban Planner: May 8, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 8, 2009

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Artwork by Yoshihiro Tatsumi from A Drifting Life. Courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

WORDS: Authors at Harbourfront Centre jumps on the Toronto Comic Arts Festival bandwagon with an evening of graphic novelists from Drawn & Quarterly, hosted by The Beguiling’s Christopher Butcher. Seth and Adrian Tomine present their new works, George Sprott (1894 –1975) and Shortcomings, respectively. Tomine then interviews Japan’s Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who is in Canada for the first time, about his new graphical autobiography A Drifting Life. York Quay Centre Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $8.
ART: Magic Pony presents an exhibit of limited-edition prints and a new series of toys from artist Tara McPherson. McPherson will be at the Narwhal Art Projects gallery tonight for the opening reception until 8 p.m. She is in town as a guest of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival to debut her new book, Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume 2. Narwhal Art Projects (680 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Liberal Party of Canada leader and prime ministerial hopeful Michael Ignatieff launches his new book, True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada, at Convocation Hall. The book (which we reviewed this week) is a mulit-generation memoir of Ignatieff’s family as it weaves its way through the Canadian establishment. We assume Ignatieff skips the part where he leaves the country for thirty years. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to World Literacy of Canada projects. University of Toronto Convocation Hall (31 King’s College Circle), 7 p.m., $20, $40, and $60 (per seating area).
COMEDY: Bad Dog Theatre Company have invited New York City sketch troupe New Exc!tement to town for a weekend of special guest shows and workshops. Tonight the visiting troupe performs the sketch comedy it’s best known for. See Bad Dog’s website for other events through the weekend. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $10.
PARTY: Toronto fashion and culture blog Textstyles.ca celebrates its one-year anniversary with a dance party at Rolly’s Garage. Circle Research are sitting in to provide funky dance tunes as a backdrop to beautiful Toronto people. Rolly’s Garage (128 Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
ART: OCAD’s big grad exhibit opened last night for the ninety-fourth year. The grad show continues all day today and runs both days this weekend. Don’t miss a chance to see how the best and brightest have blossomed before they graduate from art school into a world with a failed economy. Ontario College of Art and Design (100 McCaul Street), 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m., FREE.