Urban Planner: August 11, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 11, 2009

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Still from Nollywood Babylon by Samir Mallal, courtesy of the NFB.

FILM: Already a favourite of Torontoist, Nollywood Babylon is kicking off a three-night stint tonight at the NFB Mediatheque. This NFB-produced documentary explores one of the largest film industries in the world, based in one of the poorest nations in the world: Nigeria. The B-movie aesthetics and the clash of “traditional mysticism and modern culture” makes for a fascinating look at this largely unexplored area of Nigerian life. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., $6 ($4 for students, seniors, NFB and DOC members).
MUSIC: Cory Latkovich is somewhat of a “cellist-about-town.” He’s played in several local bands, including The Owle Bird, Jordaan Mason and the Horse Museum, and Miss Scarlett. Tonight he’s performing some of his own compositions at the Music Gallery. “These Black Spaces” is an avant garde composition using piano, cello, violin, viola, and spoken word. He will present three other pieces (including two improvisations), with the whole night dubbed as his “experimentations in whisper melody, improvisation, and pointilistic music.” The York University student will present his pieces with the aid of other players, including Clara Engel and fellow York student Mark Nimeroski, who together penned the words that go with “These Black Spaces.” St George the Martyr Anglican Church, The Music Gallery (197 John Street), doors at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.; pay-what-you-can ($8 suggested).
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tonight the Stephen Bulger Gallery opens its exhibition of Elizabeth Siegfried‘s Termina. Siegfried’s work documents her family through four generations of women: her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and herself. She examines the societal trend of the shrinking family unit, and the consequences of ending a family line by not having any children. Siegfried is a Toronto native who has had her work shown all around the world—Japan, Mexico, Italy—and her first book, LifeLines (2000), deals with similar themes involving time, life cycles, and self-portraiture. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: By way of promoting some out-there mellow goodness, the Tranzac—an excellent hub of independent and relatively unknown talent in Toronto—gives you The Dead Elm Society of Canada and Carmen Elle. The Dead Elm Society of Canada will debut their transition from “sinister folk trio to sinister rock band”—they’re risking some “judas” name-calling by plugging in some guitars and adding backup singers—while Carmen Elle comes fresh off her gig playing Ben in the Fringe Festival‘s shadowcast of Blue Velvet. The Trazac, Southern Cross Lounge (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested).
COMEDY: With all the heavy meditations on family, love, and the sound of silence, Bitch Salad will be a welcome punch of laughter in your night. Tonight’s presentation of Bitch Blanket Bingo features Video on Trial veteran Trevor Boris (who has performed at Bitch Salad before), Laurie Elliott, Sara Hennessey, Kathleen Philips, and Jillian Thomas. As always, the show will be hosted by Andrew Johnston. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.; $10 at the door.