Urban Planner: July 17, 2009
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Urban Planner: July 17, 2009

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Trade your shades for cellophane at Fox Theatre’s 3-D Film Fest. Photo courtesy of Greg Andrews, Spitfire Design.

FILM: After the success of last year’s event, the Fox Theatre—Canada’s longest-running independent movie theatre—brings back its 3-D Film Fest for seven days of sensory overload, beginning tonight. A rare occasion to see classic 3-D films in a theatre setting, the festival explores each era of the genre. From thrilling cult flicks of the 1950s like Creature from the Black Lagoon, to Andy Warhol’s over-the-top Flesh for Frankenstein, and a gruesome 3-D version of Jaws, all featured films will have you on the edge of your seat (or, at least, entertained). Grab your complimentary red ‘n’ blues and enjoy the ride. The Fox Theatre (2236 Queen Street East); starts at 7 p.m.; $8 for members, $11 for non-members, $38 for a six-film pass (tickets available at Fox Theatre, Suspect Video and Eyesore Cinema).
COMEDY: The Just for Laughs festival kick-starts the weekend with a lively block party in the heart of downtown, featuring free outdoor performances by several big-name acts. The Dan Band, created by actor/comedian Dan Finnerty, has appeared in movies like Old School and, more recently, The Hangover. With its own hilarious—sometimes obscene—spin on cheesy pop songs, The Dan Band will either have the crowd in stitches or shaking their head in disbelief. Montreal-based composer and performing artist Gregory Charles follows up the show later in the evening. Yonge-Dundas Square, 6–11 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: After wild acclaim and a sold-out run off-Broadway, award-winning rock musical bare debuts in Canada at the Hart House Theatre. An energetic and raw coming-of-age tale about five students at a co-ed Catholic boarding school, bare delves into such ageless issues as forbidden love and teenage alienation. Brian Gregory-Waters makes his Toronto directorial debut with a young cast of nineteen performers from across the country. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle); 8 p.m.; $35 for adults, $25 for seniors and students, $20 for groups of ten or more (tickets available online or by phone at 416-978-8849).
MUSIC: Cuchito Castro founded “Las Mulatissimas del Sabor” in Havana in 1932 when she was forced to abandon her studies in the face of politically charged university closings. Defying the notion that women were not capable of playing “son music,” she formed the group with her friends and sisters, and they named themselves after Indian Queen Anacaona. Today’s incarnation of this all-female orchestra comprises fourteen musicians whose blend of traditional and contemporary styles continues to influence Cuban music at home and across the globe. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West); doors at 7 p.m., show at 10 p.m.; $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
MUSIC: French electronic artist Anthony Gonzalez brings his shoegaze-y act M83 (named after spiral galaxy Messier 83) to the Phoenix. Lush, ambient tracks like “Kim & Jessie” and “Graveyard Girl,” with soft-spoken lyrics about youthful exploits and awkward moments, are not easily forgotten—and made more memorable in a live context. The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m., $22.50. 19+ event.