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].
PHOTOGRAPHY: On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami struck countries bordering the Indian Ocean, devastating communities and killing hundreds of thousands of people. Last year, the Canadian Red Cross gave disposable cameras to child survivors of the tsunami in Indonesia, aged eight to sixteen years old, and asked them to photograph what represented their world. “Pictures Talk” is an exhibition of what these children did with the cameras. From over one thousand photos, twenty-five have been selected and are on display at the RedEye Studio Gallery until this Sunday. RedEye Studio Gallery (55 Mill Street, Building 74, Studio 102), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The West End Food Co-operative (WEFC) is hosting a screening of Food, Inc., a documentary that explores our industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy, and workers’ rights. The film, which is being screened as part of WEFC’s Community Bond campaign, aligns with the organization’s vision of promoting a local community food culture that promotes a connection to a sustainable global food system and has a positive impact on the economy, environment, and society. Stick around after the film for a discussion with the co-op founder and directors. Roncesvalles Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 6:30–9 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Calgary-based lo-fi indie rockers The Dudes and The Mohawk Lodge, headed by vocalist and guitarist Ryder Havdale, who is also founder of White Whale Records, are playing back-to-back shows at the Dakota tonight and tomorrow. The Dudes are touring to promote their new record, Blood Guts Bruises Cuts, while The Mohawk Lodge will be playing tunes from their forthcoming album, Crimes. Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: Now in its third season, the Fly By Night Theatre Company is hosting its sixth production, the Good as New Festival. The festival will offer a selection of one-act plays by Skye Plowman, Gordon Chan, Eric Miinch, Amanda Whitney, Ryan Singh, and Daniel MacIvor. The performances, which run tonight through Friday, feature premieres of Happy Christmas Jenna Jameson, Boy Meets Girl, and This is a Play. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Royal Seed Needy Home orphanage in Ghana. George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place); 8–10 p.m.; Adults $20, Students and Seniors $18 (cash only). Reserve tickets by emailing [email protected].
PARTY: In celebration of the holiday season and the release of Spacing’s sixteenth issue—the winter 2009–10 issue that hits newsstands today—the mag is throwing a party at the Appel Salon, the Reference Library’s newest space for cultural and literary programming. The new issue examines urban wildlife, from albino squirrels to woolly mammoths, and how we co-exist with these creatures in Toronto. Resident DJs Track Meet will be spinning tunes while the magazine’s editors, writers, and readers chat and mingle. Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street); 7 p.m.–12 a.m.; $5 for subscribers, $10 for non-subscribers (includes a copy of the magazine).
FILM: Film critic and radio personality Chris Alexander hosts “Film School Confidential,” which runs twice every month at the Bloor Cinema—and which we wrote about yesterday. Get to class on time for an in-depth lecture before tonight’s film, Jess Franco’s 1981 Eurotrash slasher film, Bloody Moon. Stick around after the screening for an entertaining lecture and discussion with Alexander in the cinema’s lounge. Good grades will be offered for participation, and prizes will be up for grabs for the keeners in the class. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West); 9:30 p.m.; $8 for members, $10 for non-members.