Urban Planner: December 2, 2009
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Urban Planner: December 2, 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].

20091202urbanplanner.JPG Photo of Nadja Sayej by Russ Martin.

ART: A bunch of art critics who have come together as the newly formed Toronto Alliance of Art Critics are saying, “Make Face, Mofos!” and blowing the lid off our city’s arts community with their first annual panel discussion, “Bring It.” Brought to you in part by The White House and moderated by local journalist and ArtStars* host Nadja Sayej, feisty art critics David Balzer, Otino Corsano, Rosemary Heather, Charlene K. Lau, Leah Sandals, and Murray Whyte are going to tell you exactly what blows about galleries, artists, art dealers, art fairs, art shows, and press releases. Nothing like a little bitchin’ to bring people in the arts community together. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC ($5 suggested).
ART: If you’d rather be making art than bitching about it, the OCAD Alumni Association is offering up some studio time for anyone (you don’t have to be a student or alumni) interested in life drawing. The sessions, which feature a professional model and are intended for individuals who are interested in life drawing without instruction, run through December 16. OCAD is also hosting studio sessions for drawing and painting on Saturdays, so be sure to check out the full schedule for more details. Ontario College of Art and Design, Room 484 (100 McCaul Street), 7–10 p.m., $10 per session or $40 for five sessions.
FORUM: As a follow-up to the recent launch of The Edible City: Toronto’s Food from Farm to Fork, Coach House Books is teaming up with the Sustainability Network to present three of the book’s contributors for a panel discussion moderated by Alternative’s executive editor, Nicola Ross. The panel will be comprised of Wayne Roberts, coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Lorraine Johnson, author of the forthcoming book, City Farmer: Adventures in Feeding Ourselves, and Shawn Micallef, Spacing senior editor, founder of [murmur], and OCAD instructor, who will engage in dialogue pertaining to all things food in Toronto. Sustainability Network, First Floor Boardroom (215 Spadina Avenue), 5:30–7 p.m., $15 in advance ($20 at the door). Participants are asked to register online.
TALK: American non-fiction writer Lawrence Weschler, whose political and comedic commentaries graced the pages of The New Yorker for more than twenty years, is coming to the University of Toronto to present a talk about the fate of the book in the age of the internet, “All that is Solid: Considerations on the Books vs. Digital Divide.” Weschler, who is now director of New York University’s New York Institute for the Humanities, will also be in town tomorrow night for a discussion with local artists and journalists hosted by The Production Front. The talk will explore the divide between fiction and non-fiction works, conceptualizing new categories along the spectrum. Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Avenue), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
SALE: When it comes to moving, sometimes it’s easier to get rid of a few things rather than packing them up. That’s exactly what Oxford University Press is doing in preparation for a move from their current warehouse site. Just in time for some holiday book-buying, they are hosting a two-day charity book sale—unloading all kinds of paperbacks (two dollars) and hardcovers (four dollars)—with proceeds supporting World Literacy Canada. Oxford University Press warehouse (70 Wynford Drive), 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.