Urban Planner: March 12, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 12, 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].

Call Girl (detail), mixed media on paper, Kim Krans. Photo courtesy of the artist.

ART: In “Diamonds,” her first solo show in three years, Brooklyn artist Kim Krans presents a collection of collage pieces, as well as a new sculpture. Krans uses found images, paper, and paint, along with 3D materials like plaster and clay, to evoke a dreamlike sensibility that veins through the mostly black-and-white pieces. Since her last show in NYC, Krans has shifted over to music/songwriting and other projects, and she’ll be in attendance tonight if you’re curious about how these ventures have influenced her recent work. Hunter and Cook gallery (15 Ossington Avenue), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
CONFERENCE: Organized by U of T’s Sexual Diversity Studies Student Union, the third annual “Porn Reborn” explores new movements and markets in the vast and expanding pornography industry. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Tristan Taormino, award-winning author (of some tantalizing titles, including The Big Book of Sex Toys and Down and Dirty Sex Secrets), sex educator, and feminist pornographer. Joining her is Toronto’s own Bruce LaBruce, as well as other special guests. The conference aims to debunk myths about the industry while educating people about its myriad nuances and open up a dialogue about topics that are, surprisingly, still taboo. 1 King’s College Circle, 7–10 p.m., U of T students FREE, other students $15, $25 (tickets include after party).
ANIMALS: If you’ve seen the movie Best in Show, you know how obsessive people can get about their dogs. Experience this devotion and dedication first-hand at the Purina National Dog Show. Competing for the coveted “best in show” accolade, dogs from around the world will be primped to perfection to strut their stuff. Watch the various competitions, meet your best match in the Breeders’ Village, or browse through a huge selection of doggie products. This is a great family event, especially if you have little animal lovers in your brood. International Centre (6900 Airport Road), doors 9 a.m. (runs all weekend), $6 children under eight, $10 adults, $25 family pass (go online for tickets).
RELATIONSHIPS: My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding began in a small theatre in Kensington Market during 2009’s Fringe Festival and has since stormed the large stage by way of Mirvish Productions, in a record-breaking run now extended until April 4. In keeping with its inclusive and loving spirit, the homegrown comedy-musical is offering commitment ceremonies to all audience members—regardless of creed or orientation—after the show tonight and all weekend. Whether it’s your first time, or you want to renew your vows, say “I do” in a ceremony performed by cast members. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $45 and $60.
HEALTH: “Our health, our planet” is the theme for the thirty-third annual Total Health Show. Combining discussions and demos on traditional healing and farming methods, the event promotes biodiversity and encourages eco-based communities that preserve a healthy environment for future generations. For a mere ten dollars you can sample organic delights and the latest in natural body care, massage, and other spa-like treatments. North Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 6–10 p.m., $10, lecture pass $15, full weekend $50.
FASHION: Drinking while shopping? Does it get any better? “Rock ‘n’ Rogue,” a vintage menswear pop-up shop, launches (with license) tonight in conjunction with CMW. Featuring vintage clothing and accessories from the 69 Vintage Collective (comprised of lost+found and Stacked), all the unique, high-quality pieces for sale were handpicked for their style and relevance. Cream Tangerine Gallery and Cafe (1087 Queen Street West), 8–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Canadian Music Week continues today. You can find all of Torontoist’s coverage—daily previews, reviews, questionnaires, and more—right over here.