Urban Planner: June 9, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 9, 2009

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Still from Capturing Reality, courtesy of the NFB.

FILM: In celebration of the National Film Board of Canada’s seventieth anniversary, Mediatheque is hosting a screening of Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary. The film, written and directed by Pepita Ferrari, explores the art of documentary filmmaking through clips and interviews with thirty-three Canadian and international directors, who discuss their craft and reflect on the topics of representation, ethics, and the “truth” in their work. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ferrari and producer Michelle van Beusekom. Jennifer Baichwal (Act of God) and Velcrow Ripper (Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action)—both featured in the film—will also be in attendance for the post-screening discussion. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: The “Luminato Box,” a temporary experimental gallery that is part of this year’s Luminato Festival, features the work of ten artists over ten days. Today’s installation, by local artist and former Torontoist editor and contributor Sarah Lazarovic, focuses on the festival theme of contemporary communications. Lazarovic’s piece, Older, looks at the speed and archiving of digital messages in today’s society. The installation features a collection of humourous and telling tweets from members of the Toronto Twitter community, including Mayor Miller, K’naan, and Final Fantasy. Lazarovic uses various forms of typography, including the unmistakable hand-painted lettering by Wayne Reuben of Honest Ed’s, to undigitize the messages. Sam Pollock Square at Brookfield Place (181 Bay Street), 8 a.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Nothing says “cheap movie” night like a Tuesday night. The Drake Drive-In is keeping the tradition alive with cheap—actually, free—weekly screenings for the summer on The Sky Yard rooftop patio. Tonight’s screening is hosted by Kevin Bauch of The Thirsty Traveler, who picked his favourite summertime picture—the 1986 British cult classic, Withnail and I. The popcorn is free—too bad the sangria isn’t. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Spice up your lunch hour with “A Celebration of the World of Drumming,” which is part of The Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series. Taiko-ut the Trash, a female taiko drumming quartet, join four male percussionists for a concert featuring instruments from around the world, including panderos, gonkogui, gongs, conch shells, waterphones, and, of course, trash cans. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12–1 p.m., FREE.