Urban Planner: February 15, 2010
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Urban Planner: February 15, 2010

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Dan Perjovschi’s installation piece at the MOMA in 2007. Photo by Carl MiKoy.

ART: The ROM and the Institute for Contemporary Culture invite you to watch as visiting Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi creates a mural on the wall of the Roloff Beny Gallery. Working within the medium of political cartoons and graffiti, Perjovschi‘s work showcases the artist’s witty insight into social, political, and cultural issues of the moment. Perjovschi will be in the gallery working until February 21, and his piece will be on display until August 15. Royal Ontario Museum, Roloff Beny Gallery (100 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., $15–22 for entry into the ROM.
FAMILY DAY: BMO Bank of Montreal’s third annual Beach BIA Family Day Festival is the perfect way to celebrate Family Day in the east end. There will be both indoor and outdoor attractions such as animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, music from Mary Lambert, a magic show from Tricky Ricky, a dog fashion show, a “Where’s Buddy?” scavenger hunt, and tons of other family-friendly activities. Kew Gardens at Queen Street East and Lee Avenue, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY DAY: The AGO, which is normally closed on Mondays, will be open today for a special Family Day celebration. The “King Tut: Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” exhibit will be open (the gallery recommends buying timed tickets in advance), and the kids can get their hands dirty at the AGO’s activity centre, Off the Wall. Special family-geared tours will replace their normal tours, focusing on creating interactive moments with the art, and if you get hungry, all of the cafes and lounges in the gallery will be open and ready to serve. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., family pass is $45 (two adults and up to five children).
LECTURE: Writer Lauren Bride curates this month’s Trampoline Hall, the monthly lecture series that features local celebrities/pundits/artists/people-about-town talking about their idiosyncratic areas of expertise. This month’s show features Aaron Kopff talking about the politics of friendship, Naomi Skwarna on “secret eating” (we’re hoping this has something to do with Liz Lemon’s sleep eating problem), actor Michael McManus hasn’t quite decided what he’ll talk about yet so it’ll be a surprise for everyone, and Kelly Jenkins does the set design. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West); rush tickets at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7:40 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; $5 rush tickets.