Urban Planner: February 19, 2010
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Urban Planner: February 19, 2010

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].

Golden Forest by Jon Kuhn, whose work will be part of OCAD’s “Superviscous” glass show. Photo by Jackson Smith, courtesy of Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

ART: Glass has been a staple in art since the Middle Ages, when European cathedrals began to install stained-glass windows. In addition to having aesthetic merit, these pictures in glass also served a practical purpose—to depict Bible stories for laypeople, most of whom could not read. A thousand years later, glass has never gone out of vogue, and a new exhibit at Onsite [at] OCAD celebrates the staying power of this notoriously fragile material. “Superviscous: Works in Glass” (opening today and running to May 28) highlights glass’s beauty and multifaceted (no pun intended) history in both art and industry, featuring works by Sandra Rechico, Jon Kuhn, Colette Whiten, and more. Onsite [at] OCAD Gallery (100 McCaul Street), 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Wednesday–Friday; Saturday and Sunday noon–6 p.m. ), FREE.
FILM: In the early ’90s, a wave of black metal groups emerged out of Norway, including Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Darkthrone, and a host of other bands with menacing one-word names. The musicians began taking their goth personas a bit too literally, however, when they began committing suicide, murdering members of rival bands, and burning churches. Tonight, the Royal Cinema screens Until the Light Takes Us, a documentary that goes beyond the scandal, using interviews and rarely seen footage to provide a measured look at a movement known more for its headlines than its music. The Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 9:30 p.m., $10 regular; $8 students/seniors.
THEATRE: From the beautiful desperation of Katherine Mansfield to the epic four-part Chekhov Cycle, Theatre Smith-Gilmour has proven their knack for reimagining well-known stories. Now, they’ve thrown a wrench in what may be the most familiar, most deeply embedded tales in our collective consciousness: the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. GRIMM too, the company’s latest effort, begins previews tonight and runs to March 21, exposing the macabre that lurks behind many of our favourite fairy tales. Starring Adam Paolozza, Dan Watson, and Pragna Desai, the production promises to be an intensely imaginative and, yes, grim piece of physical theatre where happy endings are not always guaranteed. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street); 8 p.m.; previews $12 (regular shows $20–$28);
TRADE SHOW: Forget Groundhog Day. Nothing heralds the coming of spring like the National Home Show, which returns to the Direct Energy Centre from today until February 28. The show will feature over seven hundred home and garden specialists and vendors to answer all your questions about everything from building a new patio to finally growing that organic vegetable garden. Also not to be missed are the Little Project Stage, with celebrity experts like Debbie Travis and Ty Pennington offering their own personal tips; twenty-five thousand square feet of Dream Gardens presented by the Toronto Star; the Live Green Toronto Pavilion; a neighbourhood marketplace; and a garage sale area. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard); 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.–6 p.m.); adults $15, $12/advance; youths and seniors $11, $8/advance, kids free.