Urban Planner: March 23, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 23, 2010

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I’m So Close… will see its world premiere tonight at The Theatre Centre. Photo by Mina Mikhail.

THEATRE: BlackBerrys, iPhones, Twitter—how good are all of these distractions for our physical, human-to-human relationships? I’m So Close…, the latest production from Why Not Theatre, explores the irony of how technology that’s designed to keep us close can often tear people apart. The show is part of the Free Fall Festival in partnership with the Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage Festival. In I’m So Close…, three of Why Not Theatre’s founders (Ravi Jain, Katrina Bugaj, and Troels Hagen Findsen) tell the story of a businessman who has a closer relationship with his “Indian Virtual Assistant” in New Delhi than with his wife. Although the show was performed in part during the 2008 SummerWorks Festival, tonight’s performance marks the premiere of this reworked tragic-comedy. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $20 (discounts for students, seniors, groups, equity).
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series presents our very own Books editor James Grainger in conversation with Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-In-Training author Tom Jokinen. Curtains is a memoir of Jokinen’s time as an apprentice undertaker: the veteran CBC broadcaster quit his job and took up the macabre position after questioning the secular funeral rites that have become prevalent in this increasingly godless society. The book, and this talk, promise to expose some of the sometimes sombre, often hilarious details about what happens in the time between death and the funeral. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5 (free with book purchase).
LECTURE: Ryan Trecartin doesn’t make the kind of art that would look good hanging on your living room wall. In fact, a quick perusal through his YouTube page may make you wish you had stuck to cats playing the piano. Despite this, Trecartin has been hailed as the “voice of the YouTube generation,” and his work has won him awards and accolades from prestigious art institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where he was recently named the New Artist of the Year in their First Annual Art Awards. He’s in town gearing up for his first Canadian solo exhibition, “Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever,” opening this Friday at The Power Plant and will be at the Drake Hotel for a discussion with Power Plant curators Helena Reckitt and Jon Davies. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $12 (FREE for Power Plant members).
WORDS: The TPL has laid out a spring lineup for their popular eh List Author Series. Tonight’s featured author is theatre director, acting coach, and mystery novelist David Rotenberg. Rotenberg is the author of a series of novels set in Shanghai (a location he knows well from his work directing plays there), with the most recent title being the simply named Shanghai. The lineup for the coming months is full of new Canadian writers who’re all eager to share their stories, so check out the list of eh List Author Series readings for more info. Toronto Public Library, Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.