Urban Planner: June 1, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 1, 2009

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Photo of performer Lynda Del Grande by Jim Stacey, courtesy of Silver Screen Arts Festival.


FESTIVAL: “Aging and Creativity” is the theme of the second annual Silver Screens Arts Festival presented by Ryerson University. The week-long event showcases films, theatre, talks, and exhibitions about issues that seniors face, helping to cultivate a creative “senior’s voice” through the arts. Today’s kick-off for the festival includes a keynote address by Dr. Gene Cohen that highlights the biological and emotional foundations of creativity. Venues at the Ryerson University campus, see schedule for event details, ticket prices vary from FREE to $20.
FILM: The retrospective on Otto Preminger arrived at Cinematheque this past weekend, and it includes enough restored, rare, and archival prints from the auteur to please any film buff. The versatile director worked in many genres, producing westerns, musicals, mysteries, melodramas, historical epics, and courtroom dramas with even-handed aplomb. Tonight, Cinematheque will screen the film noir Angel Face, a tale of romantic obsession, murder, and double jeopardy. Godard named it as one of the ten best American sound films of all time. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $10.14 or $5.90 for members, students, seniors, and children.
PERFORMANCE: Supermarket hosts Spring Cleaning II: The Snack Pack, an evening of film, poetry, and music to help raise funds for Centauri Summer Arts Camp. Tonight, Sofia Bohdanowicz’s film, Falling with Force, will have its Canadian debut, and poet Spencer Butt will be reading from his work. There will also be a reading from Sean O’Neill’s play Icarus Redux and musical performances from Tonka and Puma and party time. Centauri will be using the money to help build a local high school in Nepal. Supermarket (269 Augusta Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $8.
WORDS: The monthly reading series Strong Words celebrates its fourth anniversary at the Gladstone Melody Bar tonight. Established to bridge the gap between artists and activists in Toronto, the event presents readings from emerging fiction writers and spoken word artists. Tonight’s line-up features Andrew Daley, Packanimal, Matt Shaw, Julia Tausch, Richard Todd, and Truth is. Donations of new and used books in resale condition will be collected on behalf of the Toronto Public Library’s Book Ends program. Gladstone Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., P.W.Y.C.
MUSIC: After four days of concerts, panel discussions, cross-country nomination parties, and talent shows, the 2009 Stylus SpinFest finishes tonight with the DJ Awards. Identifying the most influential players in the Canadian club scene, awards categories include: mixtape of the year, female DJ of the year, club DJ of the year, and Canadian hip hop single of the year. More than thirteen hundred music fans are expected to attend the show. The after-party is at This is London (entry is free with an award show ticket stub, but not guaranteed due to capacity restrictions). Queen Elizabeth Theatre, CNE Grounds (190 Princes Boulevard), red carpet opens at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., $25 on ticketbreak.com

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