Urban Planner: September 14, 2009
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Urban Planner: September 14, 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].

Robyn Cumming‘s “Many Shades of Pink” from her Little Legs series will be showing at the Blackwood Gallery as part of “Fall Out.” Courtesy of Robyn Cumming.

ART: The University of Toronto Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery has an ambitious exhibition opening today that will explore and explode Sir Issac Newton’s law of gravity. In “Fall Out” each of the nine participating artists explore different aspects and interpretations of the notion of falling or falling out. Some of the concepts explored by the artists involve the pulling of one body to another, the “physiological and psychological impact of gravity,” and the fallout of actions or epiphanies. In October, “Fall Out” will have a partner, “Fall In,” which will premiere with nine more artists responding to the pieces presented in “Fall Out.” University of Toronto Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery (3359 Mississauga Road North), 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
PROTEST: It’s all about TIFF this week, but it’s not all fun zombie walks and faux roller-derby competitions. As we told you a couple of weeks ago, the controversy swirling around TIFF’s spotlight on Tel Aviv is a black cloud hanging over what is normally a very politically neutral arts event. A group of artists and activists wrote an open letter to the film festival denouncing what they saw as complacency with the “Israeli propaganda machine,” and tonight they are hosting an event for the public to rally against the spotlight. Called “A Celebration of Solidarity: A Different Kind of Spotlight,” this event will mostly serve as a more visual confirmation that this protest is going on throughout the normal TIFF festivities, and will allow organizers to respond to some of the criticism that’s been lobbed at the group. The Toronto Declaration website promises that “some of the names” behind the letter will appear tonight, but doesn’t get into any specifics about who will host it or what the agenda is. Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University (80 Gould Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Despite the fact that Neil Young won’t be there, the premiere of The Neil Young Trunk Show tonight at Dundas Square should be a good one. Showing as part of the TIFF Live In Concert Film Series, director Jonathan Demme (who also directed Neil Young’s other major live concert film, 2006’s Neil Young: Heart of Gold) will be there to introduce and talk about the film. The performances in the film were shot over two nights at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, during Young’s Chrome Dreams II tour. Dundas Square, 9 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: While TIFF takes over Toronto, it’s business as usual for Trampoline Hall, Sneaky Dee’s infamous lecture series that features writers, artists, and culture heads speaking about things they aren’t exactly experts on. Tonight’s show, curated by author Lauren Bride, has Eric Foley speak on the cringe-worthy topic of “Teenage Circumcision,” Chrissy Reichert talk about her “Holy Airport Experience,” and Aurora Stewart de Peña cover that most ubiquitous of high-school dance songs, “Stairway to Heaven.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors at 7:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m., rush tickets are $6 at the door.