Urban Planner: August 18, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 18, 2009

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Still from Akino Kondoh Ladybirds’ Requiem, courtesy of Naomi Hocura of Film Fort.

FILM: Film Fort practises an interesting (read: awesome) method of screening films: they set up a giant canopy of bed sheets and project the films under them. Not only is watching movies under a big fort cool, the films they choose to screen are also pretty rad, and tonight’s lineup is one of this outsider-film-loving group’s best. Curated by Naomi Hocura, Seconds Under The Sun will feature several short Japanese animations, some of which have never been shown in North America. Check out their website for interviews with some of the featured artists, then check out the show where there will be beer, Japanese snacks, a raffle, and “Japanese psych grooves.” Function13 (156 Augusta Avenue), 8:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
HISTORICAL: The Music Hall is ninety years old today (and not looking a day past eighty), and you can celebrate this momentous occasion with a screening of Dollars and Sense, a 1920 silent film starring Madge Kennedy with live piano accompaniment. Kennedy was the star of the first film to ever play at The Music Hall in 1919. There will be a short ceremony and plaque presentation by Heritage Toronto prior to the show. The Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), doors open at 7 p.m., $1.
FILM: As part of the excellent Drake Drive-In presentations this summer, Canada’s favourite on-the-road director, Bruce McDonald, presents his favourite movie about a bunch of kids on the road, American Graffiti. This is a classic summer movie, with a young Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford all cruising the streets of Modesto, California, searching for love and rock and roll. Drake Hotel, Sky Yard (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Tonight, the always entertaining Art Bar Poetry Series has the unusual theme of a “Poetry Hoedown.” That’s right, country music will be the focus of tonight’s readings, which will feature music from country/bluegrass/folk musicians Fran McCann and Uncle Herb Dale and work from Shawn Sage, Rahul Gupta, Keelan Miller, Edward Nixon, David Clink, and Arthur Renwick. As always, there will be some spots on the open-mike list for the end of the night—bring your favourite Randy Travis lyrics! Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., FREE (donations encouraged).