Urban Planner: August 10, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 10, 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].

Photo of Friendly Fires by Jonathan Worth.

MUSIC: The Friendly Fires—a U.K.-based punk-funk band—have arrived in Toronto fresh off their stint at Lollapalooza and are ready to rock Lee’s Palace. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have tickets, the show is sold out. But you’re in luck! Brought to you by the punk-cool local jewellery designers at Speech, the band will be DJing at The Social once their 10 p.m. set at Lee’s is finished, jumping on the decks and drinking to their own success. Promised fun includes two-dollar drinks (from 10–11:30 p.m.) and Speech jewellery give-aways. The Social (1100 Queen Street West), 10 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.
ART: Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is not your average life-drawing class. It is, as they call it, an anti-art show that attempts to throw off that stuffy “any nude will do” attitude and curates its nearly nude models for each show. Dr. Sketchy’s roster of stage talents is full of burlesque performers, from leather and chains to tighty whities and bunny rabbit heads. Tonight, Wrong Note Rusty of Boylesque TO will pose for three hours in varying states of undress, while sketch artists, both amateur and professional in nature, commit his likeness to paper. For those who haven’t been before, be warned: no looky-loos at this event—you must be there to sketch. The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., $10 at the door.
CRAFTS: Loom weaving is not just for the hero of a certain kick-ass LucasArts video game (or it never really was—we just wanted a reason to give a shout-out to Loom). Anyway, if you want to be like Bobbin Threadbare and weave beautiful art with a loom, Wise Daughters Craft Market has an excellent workshop lined up to teach you the basics of loom weaving. Under the tutelage of Patricia Phelan you will make your own loom and learn the basics of creating clothes and other textiles. The store hosts several different workshops every year like this one that are all worth looking into; many of them are geared at children as well as adults. Wise Daughters Craft Market (3079B Dundas Street West), 6:30–9:30 p.m., $60 (includes materials).
LECTURE: Trampoline Hall (always worth a mention in these little event roundups) is back, curated by Trampoline Hall creator Sheila Heti. In tonight’s “mini-lectures,” author Lynn Crosbie speaks about the dangers of casual sex with a lecture called “Don’t Have Casual Sex,” Elena Bird reads “From the Journals 2007–2008,” and designer Sameer Farooq explains why “Woman are a Gift From God.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors at 7:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m., rush tickets are $6 at the door.
FILM: Canadian Cinema in Review presents It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Mike Dowse‘s mockumentary about a DJ who goes deaf in the midst of Ibiza’s drug-fuelled DJ scene. Prior to that is Vivieno Caldinelli’s short comedy If I See Randy Again, Do You Want Me To Hit Him With An Axe? After the screening of It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Dowse will participate in a Q&A via skype. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7–9:15 p.m., $10 at the door; $8 for Revue Members.