Urban Planner: October 26, 2009
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Urban Planner: October 26, 2009

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A Beautiful Mess, courtesy of Andrea Stajan-Ferkul.

ART: Andrea Stajan-Ferkul creates beautiful mixed-media paintings that are sleek and sexy on the surface and refined and evocative once you get to know them better. Many of the gowns she features on the canvas are also fit for the runway, which is appropriate given that one of her illustrations was used in the promotional material for Toronto Fashion Week shows at Nathan Phillips Square last week. Today, Stajan-Ferkul will open her solo show at the Art Square Gallery called “A Room With A View.” The opening reception will be this Thursday at 6 p.m. Art Square Gallery (334 Dundas Street West), 5 p.m., FREE.
GHOSTS: While it’s still up for debate whether or not Casa Loma, Toronto’s coolest castle, is haunted, it’s still a pretty spooky place to be at night (particularly in the room with the unfinished pool or in the tunnels connecting the castle to the stables across the street). For the next four days, well-known ghost trackers Michelle Desrochers and Patrick Cross of the Burlington Ghost Researchers team (who have the unfortunate distinction of owning one of the worst-designed websites we’ve ever seen) will be tracking ghosts on the Casa Loma estate. Participants are asked to bring digital or disposable cameras to use when gathering evidence of a ghostly encounter. Tickets may be hard to come by, though, as the Casa Loma website has all four days listed as “sold out.” Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace); 7 p.m.; $15 for children, $25 for adults.
WORDS: Come As You Are are well-known for their inclusive and informative workshops. They have everything from “The Art of the Female Orgasm” to “Hands-On Rope Bondage.” Tonight’s workshop, run by writer Rachel Kramer Bussel, will focus on writing erotica. Bussel is the author of many erotica collections, such as Bottoms Up, The Mile High Club, and Do Not Disturb. Bussel will cover both the creative and the business side of writing erotica, making the workshop perfect for those who either want to start up an erotic pen-pal relationship or for those looking to put their degrees in English to good use and make some extra cash. Come As You Are (701 Queen Street West), 7:30–9:30 p.m., $35.
THEATRE: In celebration of their thirtieth anniversary, Nightwood Theatre presents the 4×4 Festival: An Off-Road Event of Women Directors. The month-long celebration will feature four female Canadian directors and four plays in collaboration with several other Canadian theatre companies (the Canadian Stage Company, Obsidian Theatre, The Virtual Stage, Electric Company Theatre Production, and Ryerson University Theatre School). Weyni Mengesha, Kim Collier, Eda Holmes, and Nightwood artistic director Kelly Thornton will each present shows that vary from modern (Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman) to interpretations of classic theatre (Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit). Tonight will see the opening of the Thornton-directed play That Face, written by Polly Stenham. That Face follows the story of an affluent family’s descent into chaos, fuelled by drugs, alcohol, and a controlling mother. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $20–45.