Urban Planner: November 5, 2009
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Urban Planner: November 5, 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].

Grand Analog. Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

MUSIC: Who said libraries and noise don’t mix? The Toronto Public Library thinks a bit of volume is a great way to support their extensive Canadian independent music collection (which includes CDs and music-related books). The Make Some Noise series brings well-known local bands to various branches for live shows or to lead music-making workshops, with all supporting bands’ material available at the library. This season kickstarts with a concert by Grand Analog who’ll play music from their new CD Metropolis is Burning. Look to Torontoist for a review following the show. Toronto Public Library, College/Shaw Branch (766 College Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The second KinoArt Festival of Russian film begins with the North American premiere of a (proudly) Russian version of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The film festival runs until November 8, and the program reads like a treasure trove for lovers of Russian cinema. Offerings include the difficult documentary Process, ‘80s rock music cult film Assa and the new sequel Assa 2, Ukraine Cossak epic Taras Bulba, and the world premiere of rediscovered 1928 Georgian documentary Their Kingdom. Panel discussions abound. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West); 7 p.m.; $20 gala includes reception ($12 students, seniors), $12 per film regular programme ($10 students, seniors).
ART: C Magazine launches issue number three at the Red Bull 381 Projects. The current issue features essays on on the theme of “Art Infrastructure,” plus reviews from Paris, New York, Montreal, and Toronto, and projects from Kathleen Ritter, James B. Maxwell, and Kara Uzelman. The magazine co-launches with the opening of Red Bull 381 Projects new exhibit “Sitting Pretty: The Enduring Role of Portraiture in Contemporary Art.” Red Bull 381 Projects (381 Queen Street West, Suite 200), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: We had a mini-debate with ourselves as to whether to list tonight’s The Main Thing performance as music or as a party. The seven-piece funk orchestra plays classic funk music that will have the entire audience up on its feet, especially when guest vocalist Barbara Mamabolo gets up to belt out the tunes. This is the last of the Mitzi’s Sister Thursday funk series, so get down while you still can. Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5.