Urban Planner: November 19, 2009
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Urban Planner: November 19, 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].

Still image from The Karamazovs, courtesy of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.

FILM: The Eh!U Meet the Europeans European Film Festival, one of our favourite free film festivals of the year, begins today with a screening of award-winning Czech film The Karamazovs. Various local European consulates and cultural centres (representing a total of twenty-three European nations this year) have compiled a collection of current films not yet screened in Canada to introduce them to a Toronto audience. This year’s venues are the Bloor, the Royal, and the Varsity, screening a total of twenty-six different films. The festival continues to December 3. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Pot, prostitution, raw milk, hate speech— the latest issue of This Magazine tackles the issues of legalization. The “legalize everything” issue launch at the Painted Lady promises legalization-themed door prizes from cutting-edge Toronto businesses like Come As You Are, HotBox Café, Zunior Digital Music, and more. The launch also includes readings from the winners of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2009. The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m., $5 (includes a copy of This Magazine).
CITIES: The City of Toronto hosts “Designing Transit Cities,” an interesting two-day symposium on the subject of urban design and its relationship to public transportation. The symposium begins this evening with a panel discussion moderated by the CBC’s Matt Galloway. Guests on the panel include University of California’s Professor of Regional Planning Robert Cervero and Reconnecting America’s Vice President Mariia Zimmerman. Local panellists include the TTC’s Adam Giambrone, architect Ralph Giannone, Paul Bedford from Metrolinx, and West Don Lands Committee Chairperson Cynthia Wilkey. Oh, and we’ll be there too—look out for our thoughts on the symposium later this week. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West, Council Chambers, third floor), 6:30–9:30 p.m., FREE (please RSVP).
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryerson University’s “War at a Distance” exhibit doesn’t ask the question of what we think about the war in Afghanistan, but asks how we see the conflict—and whether the representations we experience of a war so far away are enough to base our opinions on. In conjunction with Ryerson’s related symposium (held last month), GalleryTPW’s “This is Not a Blog” open forum series presents an open public discussion moderated by Sara Matthews, assistant professor of culture and conflict at Wilfred Laurier University. Join Matthews to tackle the subject of the personal YouTube videos made by soldiers in Afghanistan, and the question of whether those direct viewing experiences spoil our otherwise safe distance from the subject. Gallery TPW (56 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Butcher Gallery, claiming inspiration from online galleries, has just opened and hosts its first reception tonight. The group show “On You On Me” presents work around the themes of “identity, narcissism, and voyeurism” as they relate to the Internet (on until December 5). The gallery intends to host artist-run exhibits quarterly while opening up the space to additional lectures, performances, and screenings. Butcher Gallery (234 ½ Queen Street East), 6–9 p.m., FREE.