Urban Planner: August 28, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 28, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. 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].

SKB/’Lil and her ghostly art haunt the Fountain253 Gallery. Photo by Nic Van Roon.

ART: At tonight’s opening of their latest spook show, “A Recession of Mortality,” Syphilitic Mermaids Magazine brings you the ghost-themed work of contributors SBK (previously known as Sketchbookkid and also known as ‘Lil) and Triumphene. Best known for her abstract graffiti ghosts and as illustrator of Tiny Tommy Comics, travelling artist and photographer SBK will be showcasing five mural-sized renditions of her ghostly line drawings, as well as some of her photos. Montreal-based illustrator and artist Triumphene (a.k.a. Eli W. Rockmell) will contribute her own cartoon murals—rumoured to include a depiction of the ghost of your first pet. The show also celebrates Canadian DIY, with a selection of chapbooks and other handcrafted releases, as well as live music by VIVIV, Kram Ran, MANT, and DJ Lord Lankan. Fountain253 Gallery (1267 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE/PWYC.
PARTY: The night of your prom was either one you’ll always remember (fondly) or wish you could somehow forget. Whether your experience was awkward or awesome, there’s no denying you can top the bad hair, bad outfit, bad sex. Imagine a prom with no rules, no teachers, no curfew—and unlimited amounts of legal booze. Now in its seventh (!) year, Fake Prom offers you the chance to relive or rehash that memorable night. And you don’t need to worry about finals. Or zits. Each year’s theme is unique (dress to kill for 2009’s Film Noir–inspired bash), but consistently offers party favs like the Fake Prom Queen and King Contest, fiercely judged dance competitions, and the Fake Prom Band, featuring local rockers who cover a variety of prom hits. So grab a date, come ready to dance your ass into the past, and leave the mickey of rum at home. Palais Royale (1601 Lakeshore Boulevard West), 9:30 p.m., $15 in advance (tickets available at Rotate This!, Soundscapes, Hits & Misses), 19+.
CONVENTION: Every year, fans (junkies?) of horror, comics, sci-fi, gaming, and animé congregate—costumed or not—at Fan Expo, the largest event of its kind in Canada. The fifteenth installment of this pop-culture “meet and greet” features super celebs Leonard Nimoy, Linda Hamilton and Canadian funnyman Leslie Nielsen. As well as autograph and photograph sessions with your favourite stars, you can participate in workshops led by experts offering advice and industry tips, or browse through endless collectibles and memorabilia for that perfect addition to your glass case. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (255 Front Street West); 4–9 p.m.; $25 for adult day pass, FREE for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.
THEATRE: Inspired by the photography of Edward Curtis (renowned for his work covering North American aboriginal peoples), the plays of George Ryga (The Ecstasy of Rita Joe), and the artists now showing at the AGO exhibit “Remix,” Joanna Caplan and Zack Russell of No More Masterpieces have conjured up The Girl Who Married A Ghost. In Toronto for only two nights before touring Montreal and New York, the one-hour piece combines shadow play, performance, and installation art to reinvent the very concept of theatre. Inter-Access Gallery (9 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $10.
ART: Historic Sunnyside Pavilion on the west-end waterfront serves as an elegant backdrop to the opening gala for the annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale. Enjoy beachside drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music to help kick off the show, which runs all weekend and features the varied work of both emerging and established artists. Each year, the event showcases everything from painting and photography, to sculpture and jewellery. All proceeds from tonight’s gala support the show and the local talent it promotes. Sunnyside Pavilion (1755 Lakeshore Boulevard West), starts at 6 p.m., $50, tickets available via email or by calling 416-622-7077.