Urban Planner: February 1, 2010
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Urban Planner: February 1, 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].

Ken Daley’s Sunday Morning, viewable this week at the “Beyond the Rhythm” art exhibit at City Hall. Courtesy of COLOURblind?.

ART: February is Black History Month, and whether it’s to celebrate, mourn, or teach, there will be plenty of parties, exhibits, lectures, and readings to attend over the coming month. The Association of African-Canadian Artists are the first out the gate with their exhibit of up-and-coming African-Canadian artists from the GTA and surrounding areas, “Beyond the Rhythm.” This show, curated Joan Butterfield, is a part of COLOURblind?, a travelling art exhibit that has grown steadily since its early days as a small Black History Month display in the lobby of the Canadian Human Rights Commission office. “Beyond The Rhythm,” a show of twenty large canvas paintings, is part of an exhibit that premiered at the ROM last year for the Scotiabank Caribana Festival 2009. The art will be displayed at City Hall until February 10, when it will move on to Oakville, Ottawa, and Mississauga. City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Tonight, Playwrights Canada Press will launch OutSpoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologue with a night of readings from some of the book’s contributors. The book was edited by the sometimes infamous NOW Magazine entertainment editor, Susan G. Cole, and includes work by Trey Anthony, Mariko Tamaki, Jess Dobkin, and Alec Butler, all of whom will be reading at the launch tonight. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
WINTERCITY: As part of the city’s WinterCity Festival you can enjoy nightly DJ skating parties until Thursday at Nathan Phillips Square. Tim Hortons Ice Breakers Skating Parties will feature music gleaned from mid-winter festivals from around the world. While you’re gliding across Toronto’s most iconic ice rink, you can check out the fire installation put on by the Flaming Lotus Girls and their interactive art space, Angel of the Apocalypse. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Call it whatever you want—shoegazer, dream pop—Asobi Seksu is one of those “it” bands worth buzzing about. The Brooklyn-based group is in town tonight to perform acoustic versions of their charismatic melodies. They’ll be joined by Torontoist favourite Kat Burns (of the local group Forest City Lovers, whose recent music video is both charming and oddly sexual). Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $12 at the door ($10 advance).