Urban Planner: July 23, 2009
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Urban Planner: July 23, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s daily guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every morning. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Loop Canyon, Chicago, IL, 2007 by Scott Conarroe. Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

ART: The Stephen Bulger Gallery hosts the opening reception for a solo exhibit of photographer Scott Conarroe’s new large-format colour series, “By Rail.” Conarroe grew up in Edmonton and earned his art degrees on both the east and west coasts of Canada, giving him a pretty good foundation in landscape appreciation. His signature shots of empty infrastructure continues with this documentation of North American railways. (The exhibit is accompanied by free rail-themed movie screenings on Saturdays at the gallery’s adjacent Camera Bar, on through September 12.) Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 5–8 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: A quick plug for one of our Urban Planners, Anne Joyce, who celebrates her first printed piece ever in the new issue of Misunderstandings Magazine. Spoken-word reading series Livewords host the launch of issue 12, with contributing writers reading their work. The launch event includes the regular Livewords open-mic segment, albeit limited to eight three-minute spots. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
ARCHITECTURE: The Toronto Public Library proudly reopens their newly renovated Bloor/Gladstone branch. The renovation includes a nine-thousand-square-foot addition with a partial green roof and an outdoor reading garden. (Oh—and seventy thousand new books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines, too.) Opening ceremonies offer family entertainment, refreshments, and a special presentation from Heritage Toronto. We’ll have further coverage of the opening later this week. Bloor/Gladstone branch (1101 Bloor Street West), 12 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The National Film Board opens its children’s animation workshops for a one-time adult session. The over-eighteen set finally gets an opportunity to play with hand-made animation techniques such as drawing on film, glass-painting, and stop-motion. Whether you take advantage of it as an “adult” animation workshop or simply an animation workshop for adults is up to you. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 6–9 p.m., $5.