Urban Planner: January 15, 2010
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Urban Planner: January 15, 2010

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Jim Mezei, Kellen Hatanakam, and Adrian Forrow collaborate in tonight’s “Field Notes” show. Photo courtesy of the artists.

ART: A jolt of genius scratched out on a paper napkin then forgotten in a coat pocket to be discovered months later, the elaborate doodle that finds itself creeping around the edges of your notepad during a boring work meeting, a drunken “note to self” written on the back of your hand in borrowed ballpoint… Even in a world increasingly cyber, increasingly dependent on technology, we all revert at some point to traditional pen and ink to document our thoughts or ideas. In “Field Notes,” Adrian Forrow, Kellen Hatanaka, and Jim Mezei come together to present work that is inspired by their individual styles of note-taking and perspectives on the creative process. From the abstract to the direct, all the pieces showcased in the exhibit were born from their many pint-sized books. The three artists, who began collaborating in their fourth year of undergrad at OCAD, prove that differing visions and approaches can combine to create a powerful collective aesthetic. Industtrees gallery (1234 College Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Even non-music-junkies (or those who came of age with playlists instead of mixed tapes or CDs) can appreciate Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity and its film adaptation, starring the easily adored John Cusack. Tonight marks the Canadian premiere of the musical version of this cult classic, in which “the hero’s life is a soundtrack and the big moments are songs” (says Playbill). Featuring over twenty original musical numbers, the production tells Hornby’s timeless story of a young man in “quarterlife” crisis—dumped by his girlfriend and sick of his crappy apartment and dead-end job. Toronto-based director Mark Selby is also a writer and musician, and he mentored under Richard Ouzounian on the recent hit Jerry Springer the Opera. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle), 8 p.m., $25, students and seniors $15 (tickets available at the UofTtix box office or by calling 416-978-8849).
MUSIC: British DJ, musician, and artist Mr. Scruff (a.k.a. Andy Carthy) descends on Toronto tonight. DJing on the scene since 1994, he’s renowned for his marathon sets (often more than six hours), eclectic music tastes, and quirky homemade visuals and animation (he studied fine art at the Sheffield College of Art), which are projected on large screens during his gigs. If sharing the dancefloor with a sweaty and energetic crowd is your way to banish the winter blues, Wrongbar is the right place to be. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $15 advance (available at Rotate This!, Soundscapes, and Play de Record), 19+.
WORDS: Even before he landed the starring role of video artist Mark Cohen in Rent, Anthony Rapp had a good feeling about the rock musical, which would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize and garner rave reviews off Broadway. As friends and family celebrated the success of the show, however, they also mourned the sudden death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Meanwhile Rapp was facing struggles of his own, as he watched his mother lose her battle with cancer. In his book Without You, Rapp tells of his exciting journey with the cast and crew of Rent, as well as revealing the intimacies of his personal life behind the scenes. Rapp, who is currently reprising his role as Mark Cohen in Rent: The Broadway Tour (on until January 24 at the Canon Theatre), will host a Q&A session before signing his book today. Indigo Books, The Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street), 12 p.m., FREE.