Urban Planner: November 4, 2009
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Urban Planner: November 4, 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].

20091104urbanplanner.jpg A mid–twentieth century Canadian hooked rug. Photo courtesy of the Textile Museum of Canada.

ART: In a candid talk about the oldest profession around, the Textile Museum of Canada curators Natalia Nekrassova and Roxane Shaughnessy will discuss the art of hooking. Originating as domestic products of thrifty pioneer families, hooked rugs have come to be recognized as a fine art form and admired for their colour, texture, and design. During tonight’s seminar, participants will have the opportunity to look at artifacts from the museum’s collection, which reflects diverse communities and geographic regions, including many pieces of Canadian origin. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $15 ($12 for museum members and PWYC for full-time students).
LECTURE: In a series of culinary events highlighting the connection between the Gardiner Museum’s founding collections and the rituals of dining and food presentation, Canadian lawyer turned award-winning food writer Naomi Duguid will discuss her most recent book, co-authored with her husband, Jeffrey Alford. Duguid will share recipes (mmm… Tibetan momos and Mongol lamb patties), photos, and stories from her travels during the creation of Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China, followed by a book signing. The price for tonight’s lecture also includes admission to the museum, so be sure to peruse the pottery and check out the Gardiner’s permanent collection and current exhibitions. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 6:30 p.m., $8 ($5 for members, seniors, and students).
FILM : Radiance Canada, a group dedicated to promoting the art, craft, and business of independent film-making, presents the “Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition” tonight. If you think you’ve got an idea for the next Hollywood blockbuster (or low-budget indie flick), come out to pitch it to a panel of industry experts. Tonight’s event is sure to be full of engaging performances from people of all walks of life, trying to sell their innovative ideas and ninety-minute storylines. You’re also invited to stick around after the competition to blow off some steam at the after party. The Annex Live (296 Brunswick Street), 7–9 p.m., $10 (FREE for members).
MUSIC: Dan Deacon was drinking out of cups last night at Sneaky Dee’s, and tonight the indie-rock electronic music mogul is back for a second performance at the Great Hall, perhaps appealing to a younger, thriftier crowd (it’s an all-ages show and two bucks cheaper). Deacon is known for the intensity of his live shows, where he prefers playing on the floor rather than on stage, flanked by fans that he whips into a sweaty frenzy. He has a way of engaging the crowd and getting people moving, and with his affinity for ice-breakers, warm-up exercises, and co-operative group-work activities during shows, you might mistake Deacon for a recent graduate of a faculty of education. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.