Urban Planner: June 2, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 2, 2009

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“Wildfire – Kootenay National Park” by John Niddrie, courtesy of CBC Television.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Nature of Things and Planet In Focus present Nature In Focus, an exhibition of photographs from selected winners of the fifth annual environmental photography competition. The exhibition, which runs until June 9, features photographs taken by CBC viewers across the country in three categories: “Your Habitat,” “Sacred Species,” and “Acts of Nature.” This year’s grand-prize winner is John Niddrie, a park ranger from Invermere, British Columbia, with his photo, “Wildfire – Kootenay National Park.” Canadian Broadcasting Centre (250 Front Street West), 9 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: Author, journalist, and political commentator Christopher Hitchens lectures as part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s engagement of “Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World.” During his lecture, the first in a three-part series, Hitchens will analyze the Bible’s original Commandments and address the topic, “What are your three new Commandments?” Hitchens is the author of more than fifteen books, including his most recent release, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., $23–28.
MUSIC: Australian folk-rockers Tamarama headline Be The Change, an all-ages benefit show to raise funds and awareness for the victims of the genocide in Darfur. Local acts Birds of Wales, Cheap Kicks, and keynote speaker Debbie Bodkin are also on the bill. Bodkin, a police officer and investigator for the United Nations Commissions of Inquiry in Sudan, will speak about her experiences in Darfur and share stories of those affected by the genocide. All proceeds from the show will be donated to STAND Canada. Berkeley Church (315 Queen East), 6:30 p.m, $20–25.
WORDS: Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series presents Jonathan Bennett, winner of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature and author of Entitlement. The novel, Bennett’s fourth book, is set in rural Ontario and explores the themes of class, power, and identity. The eh List Author Series, a celebration and showcase of more than twenty Canadian authors, runs until June 25 at library branches across the city. Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Company of Thieves, a Chicago-based indie-rock trio, hits the Drake tonight to play songs from their debut album, Ordinary Riches. Company of Thieves is signed by Wind-Up Records, and the album’s title and first single, “Oscar Wilde,” pay homage to the famous poet and playwright, who said that “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”. Blackie Jackett Jr., the banjo-infused country side project of Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett, will open the show. Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.