Urban Planner: December 16, 2009
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Urban Planner: December 16, 2009

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20091216urbanplanner.jpg Photo from “Holiday (Fill Your Home with the Spirit of the Season).” Courtesy of Biliana Velkova.

ART: With promises of beauty and glamour in the form of smoky eyes and glossy lips, many women know the allure of makeup counters around the holiday season. In her new installation, Biliana Velkova, a MFA candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, addresses the issue of subliminal messaging within advertising, consumerist culture, and femininity. “Holiday (Fill Your Home with the Spirit of the Season)” hones in on the economic value of the holiday season and the unlikelihood of achieving the lifestyle portrayed in marketing campaigns. The show runs through January 14 at the Convenience Gallery, an aptly named art space that is the storefront of an old convenience store in Parkdale. Convenience Gallery (58 Lansdowne Avenue), twenty-four hours a day (window gallery), FREE.
SALE: If you’ve still got some holiday shopping to do and are into supporting a good cause and local artists at the same time, the artist proof sale at Open Studio is on until this Saturday. The sale started a couple of weeks ago, but the walls of the studio are still adorned with proof prints—screen prints, etchings, lithographs, and relief prints—for sale, ranging in price from fifty to three hundred dollars. Some smaller items such as one-of-a-kind greeting cards, playing cards, and pins are also available for sale. This is the studio’s twenty-fifth annual fundraising sale, with proceeds to support this artist-run centre for printmaking. Open Studio (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
ART: In celebration of the winter issue and the holiday season, the folks at Canadian Art are hosting a party at Leo Kamen Gallery. The latest issue, which examines our nation’s art histories, wraps up a year of twenty-fifth-anniversary celebrations for the publication. First Nations visual artist and blues-country guitarist Arthur Renwick, whose work is featured in the issue and is currently on view at the gallery, will be performing at the launch this evening. Leo Kamen Gallery (80 Spadina Avenue), 5:30–7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Russell Peters isn’t the only funny guy who’s got something to say about multiculturalism in Canada. In celebration of our country’s diversity (oh, and the sixth night of Hanukkah), the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Birthright Israel Alumni Community are bringing together a bunch of comedians to spout wisecracks about the Canadian mosaic. “Crackin’ Up” is hosted by Lori Pearlstein and features the Africans, Asians, and Jews also known as Ron Josol, Simon Rakoff, Arthur Simeon, and Daniel Woodrow. The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $12.