Urban Planner: February 5, 2010
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Urban Planner: February 5, 2010

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Dreams never end: Bernard Sumner in a still from Grant Lee’s Joy Division documentary.

FILM: Inspired by a Sex Pistols gig, four young men from the ruined, post-industrial English town of Manchester formed a band called Joy Division in June 1976. Three years later, enigmatic and troubled lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide at the tender age of twenty-three. The impact of Curtis’s death still resonates today, and carries over into the superb documentary, Joy Division by director Grant Lee (who also helmed Radiohead’s Meeting People is Easy), screening for one night only as part of the Images Festival. Among a slew of key characters we hear Belgian journalist Annik Honoré speak for the first time about her adulterous relationship with Curtis. While her ill-fated lover sang “dreams always end,” this documentary attests to the opposite. Acacia Centre (186 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10 advance (available online, at Soundscapes, and Queen Video), $12 door.
ART: Continuing to live up to its reputation as one of the best galleries in Toronto (and everywhere, according to Juxtapoz Magazine) Show & Tell presents two curiously (and charmingly) named shows, both opening tonight: “Everything we wanted, in our nostalgic future” and “I can’t love you, but we can romance.” The first of these presents the dreamy work of Tessar Lo, in his debut Canadian solo exhibition; it explores the vastness and importance of wonder that is often lost as we mature into adulthood. Sharing the spotlight with Lo, Nimit Malavia‘s collection plays with the choice of pure romance (and its forever dance of attraction) over committed love (and all its risk). Show & Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
FILM: In acclaimed documentary Invisible City (which we told you all about yesterday), Oscar-nominated director Hubert Davis traces three years in the lives of teenagers Kendell and Mikey, growing up in Toronto’s Regent Park. Shot as the neighbourhood’s revitalization project is in full swing, the context of a community in flux, facing a grim and unknown future, parallels with the boys’ coming of age. Invisible City won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs fest. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 7 p.m., $10, $8 for students and seniors.
MUSIC: Canadian new-wave darlings Martha and the Muffins return to their Queen West roots for two intimate performances, both of which will be recorded for a future live album. The show will feature stripped-down versions of songs from their new album, Delicate, and well-known selections from their synth-pop heyday (think “Echo Beach”). The band is also streaming a new song every week on their MySpace page and will be releasing a short documentary at the end of the year. St. George the Martyr (197 John Street), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $35 door, $30 advance (Soundscapes, Rotate This and Ticketweb).
FILM: Showcasing popular movies that—for the most part—have not been seen before on the big screen in a digital format, Toronto’s first-ever Great Digital Film Festival screens classics like The Godfather, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Thing (all on tonight’s lineup). As well as a unique cinematic experience, the festival offers tickets at ridiculously cheap prices (especially for a large-screen venue). A great idea that’s sure to sure draw crowds, so you might want to check online for advance tickets. Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West), 2–11:59 p.m., $5, double feature $9, ten movies $42.50, week pass $80.