Urban Planner: August 16, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 16, 2009

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FESTIVAL: Streets are for People celebrate the fifth PS Kensington—Blackout Anniversary Edition, making it six years since a giant power failure inspired huge community success. Needless to say, the schedule is full of all-acoustic music sets and attempts to re-create those off-the-cuff neighbourhood barbecues. Note that this also marks the midpoint for this year’s Pedestrian Sunday season—enjoy it while you still can. Kensington Market, 1–7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Following the fun of Pedestrian Sundays, Alt-Net puts on Midnight Market Dance Party, encompassing not just music but art, crafts, and performance, too. DJ Reeraw spins the tunes between dance performances from the likes of Lee Lee Davis, Victoria Mata, and more. See the Facebook event for a list of exhibiting artists. Special surprises are promised. Augusta House (152 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m., $5 (or pay-what-you-can).
FILM: Harbourfront’s Planet Indigenus weekend continues with celebrations of all things aboriginal. Slated for a screening today is Don Marks’s documentary They Call Me Chief, Warriors on Ice. The film tells the story of Fred Sasakamoose—who became the first native professional hockey player when he joined the 1954 Chicago Blackhawks—and other dream-filled players leaving the reserves for the long stretch to the NHL. Sasakamoose and director Don Marks will be at the screening for a question-and-answer session following the film. Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West), 2 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY: The Young Centre goes green for its final Sundays at the Young presentation, “The Birds and the Bees.” A mix of storytelling and music pay homage to our beautiful planet and all the pretty things on it. Headlining performers include celebrated children’s poet Dennis Lee, writer Kenneth Walsh, native storyteller Jim Adams, and dancer Julia Aplin. Kid-friendly rock band The Monkey Bunch, Shuffle Demons sax player Richard Underhill, and drummer Max Roach (not to be confused with jazz-great Max Roach who passed away in 2007) get into the groove with children’s music performances. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 2 p.m., $20 ($5 for those 18 and under).