Weekend Planner: October 17–18, 2009
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Weekend Planner: October 17–18, 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].

Winnie-the-Pooh illustration by Mark Burgess, courtesy of Penguin Group Canada.

KIDS: British author David Benedictus and illustrator Mark Burgess have imagined the continued tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in a brand new Pooh estate–sanctioned book Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. To celebrate, a number of Toronto book publishers and book lovers—including Small Print, Penguin Books, Type Books, and Torontoist—are having a Winnie-The-Pooh Homecoming Party. A. A. Milne–channelling author David Benedictus will read an excerpt of his new book via satellite from the UK, while local kiddie-entertainment celebrities read additional stories at the party. Don Kerr & The Heffalumps perform their Hundred Acre Wood inspirations. And what would a Winnie-the-Pooh party be without a little pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey? Kids can take part in making a giant “Welcome Home” card, too. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West); Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (two shows); $10 adults, $8 kids.
CYCLING: Join the Toronto Cyclist Union for the day-long BikeCamp TO, and learn about everything cycling-related through a series of workshops and presentations—from bike art to activism. Sessions include brainstorming ideas, group discussions, and planning the next positive move. There were fewer than twenty-five spaces left at the time of writing, so please do register beforehand. Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, suite 400); Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $20 (non-members), $10 (members).
FILM: International porn party Darryl’s Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival drops in for a one-night stand at the Bloor. International sex-comedy shorts plus a liquor licence conspire to create a booze-and-boobs combo. The cover price of the screening will also get you into the after-party at the Annex Wreck Room. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Saturday 9:30 p.m., $20 (cash only).
CIRCUS: Continuing down our list of debaucherous events we arrive at the Centre of Gravity’s monthly Lunacy Cabaret. A combination musical circus and adults-only vaudeville show, the night’s entertainment gives new meaning to the term “under the big tent.” Proceeds, as usual, go to Centre of Gravity’s Circus Without Borders. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday 8:30 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: Wavelength and Artscape host the all-ages ALL CAPS! Island Show to raise funds for the new Artscape Gibraltar Point live/work studios. Nine bands are taking part, including We Take Lovers, Adam and the Amethysts, Snowblink, Brian Borcherdt, Sun RaRaRa and more. Food will be served and liquor will be available for those of age with ID. The new studios will be open for viewing and organizers have also arranged a small exhibit of Toronto Island Archives photos. Artscape Gibraltar Point (Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island), Saturday 3–10 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested).
ACTIVISM: The Toronto Public Space Committee is de-fencing four ugly chain-linked yards in Riverdale Sunday afternoon, and would love some extra hands. What better way to spend a Sunday than helping to beautify a neighbourhood—and with power tools! (See the Facebook event page for the full schedule.) Starts at 180 Riverdale Avenue, Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Revue Cinema re-mounts the popular Silent Sundays series with a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1925 classic Seven Chances. Pianist William O’Meara will be back in the theatre to play live accompaniment for the film. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), Sunday 4 p.m., $10 ($8 members).
MUSIC: As previewed, Two Way Monologues presents a tribute to mid-’90s Canadian rock on Saturday. Headlining garage-rock trio Cobra covers everything from Sloan to Limblifter. Cobra is joined by ten (ten!) other local bands, each playing three or four long-lost ’90s indie classics. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), Saturday 9:30 p.m., $7.