Urban Planner: March 15, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 15, 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].

Camouflage by Karen Kawarsky.

ART: Karen Kawarsky‘s “Symbiotic Natures” is a green-conscious art exhibit in three stages that explores the balance between society and nature. The first stage, “Camouflage,” uses a green and earthy colour scheme to represent a peaceful co-existence between society and nature. The second, “Construction,” uses soft textures and hard lines to simulate our living and work spaces mixed with the natural landscape. The last, “Red,” shows the dramatic impact that an imbalance between society and nature has on our environment. The show opens today, but the reception is this Wednesday night, in case you want to meet Kawarsky and discuss her work. Art Square Gallery (334 Dundas Street West), 10 a.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
KIDS: The kids have the week off from school; they’re screaming, they’re eating all your food, and they’re frightening the dog—what do you do? Thankfully Toronto has you covered with dozens of day camps and other daily events to keep the kids busy. Torontoist already recommended some old-timey fun at the Black Creek Pioneer Village, and today we recommend spending time with our hero, the Toronto Public Library. It has a lineup of March break events happening at different branches all this week, so you should check out the website to see what’s happening at your local branch. Some of today’s highlights include a magic show with Vincent Lem at the Riverdale Branch, music from Ken Whiteley Musical Mystery Machines at the Forest Hill Branch, and Mystic Drumz telling the Legend of Marshmallow Island at the Beaches Branch. Toronto Public Library (multiple branches), 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The ukulele is quite possibly the cutest stringed instrument around. Cujam West (a sister event to the Corktown Ukulele Jam) invites anyone with a ukulele to show off their adorable mini Hawaiian guitar skills on stage at the Lula Lounge or join in for group playing sessions. If you’re new to the uke, this weekly gathering will help you learn how to play and give you the chance to meet other uke enthusiasts. At the end of each night there are ten open-mic slots, so sign up early online if you want to perform. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 7:30 p.m., $3.
KIDS: For those kids who just can’t get enough of terrorizing their little sisters, today’s reptile show at the Erin Mills Town Centre is another one of those fun activities during March break. This is the perfect chance to both pet and learn about Sulcata Tortoises, Ball Pythons, and Chinchillas (hopefully not at the same time). The show will be followed by a craft session and a chance to win a fifty-dollar gift card. Erin Mills Town Centre (5100 Erin Mills Parkway); 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.; $5 (email or call 905-569-1981 to register).