Urban Planner: August 13, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 13, 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].

Nick Flanagan as Krusty the Clown. Photo by Davida Nemeroff.

COMEDY: Toro Magazine pop culture funny-man Nick Flanagan hosts monthly Comedy Club night Joke Club. The first rule of Joke Club is that you do not talk about Joke Club without throwing a punch-line (okay, we made that up). Featured performers include Dinkus, Adam and Dave, Vida Zukauskas, Katie Crown, Dave Merheje, Makesi Arthur, Pat Thornton, and David Dineen-Porter. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $6.
MARKETING: Between IKEA’s illegal vandalism campaign and Mentos’s bizarre Peter Pan party this afternoon, this week has been replete with companies going out of their way to advertise outside of traditional media. Absolut Vodka is right on the mark, then, with their one-day-only ad campaign/installation/party “World of Opportunity.” The company invited artist Justin Broadbent to use Lower Bay Station as a canvas for his installation work. The usually closed-off third-level-down subway station will be open to the public most of the afternoon to view the work. Later the installation transforms into an Absolut-hosted party with DJ Steve Aoki at the tables, but the guest list is already waiting-list only. Feeling optimistic? Add your name through their Facebook event here. Lower Bay Subway Station (159 Cumberland Street), 12–4 p.m. (public viewing), 8:30 p.m. (party—SOLD OUT); FREE.
ART: Studio Gallery unveils For No One, a new installation from artist Paul J. Kneale (on until September 10). Apart from repeating the gallery’s vague conceptual jargon about form, the informal, and the process by which the latter becomes the former, there’s not much we can tell you about what to expect. After a quick look at Kneale’s earlier projects concerning death row inmates, extortionary library fines, and overgrown weeds, we suspect a sense of humour may be involved. Studio Gallery (294 College Street, second floor), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: We mentioned the wonders of miracle fruit earlier this week, and a tasting party hosted at the Drake Hotel by Tyler Clark Burke and Jeremy Stewart. Tonight’s the night to tease your taste buds if you dare. There are limited seats available for the tasting, so call ahead to reserve. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $25.
STARGAZING: The Power Plant brings together artist Trevor Paglen—photographer of secret military bases and spy satellites—with one of his sources of inspiration: self-taught Toronto astronomer and classified satellite tracker Ted Molczan. Paglen gives a talk about his latest ongoing work The Other Night Sky, following which Molczan joins him in a conversation moderated by Ryerson Professor Blake Fitzpatrick. Once night falls, Paglen and Molczan invite the audience to join them in staring back at the reconnaissance satellites overhead. Advance registration is encouraged by the gallery. Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m.; $9 for talk and stargazing, $6 for talk only.


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