Urban Planner: March 2, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 2, 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].

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Caligula, playing at the Innis Town Hall tonight, features lots of kinky sex and brutal violence. Your guess as to which one of those things is responsible for the horse in Malcolm McDowell’s bed.

FILM: Tonight, the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Student Union and History Students’ Association will present a very special screening of the 1979 epic, Caligula. This divisive bit of cinema follows the rise and fall of Roman Emperor Gaius Caesar Germanicus (Caligula), played by Malcolm McDowell. The movie was co-funded by Penthouse magazine—which would explain all the kinky sex—and has courted controversy since its release. The jury is still out on whether it is cult gold or just plain old smut, and with this in mind a panel of professors will attempt to suss out its value after the screening, covering both the production and the real historical figure it’s based on. Those interested in attending should know that this is an un-rated version, so if you don’t want to see the Queen do unspeakable things, you’ve been warned! University of Toronto, Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: And now to that other Toronto university (no, not Ryerson). York University boasts an excellent jazz faculty, and occasionally it likes to show its musically gifted faculty off. Jazz drummer Barry Elmes, chair of York University’s music department, will be headlining tonight’s final performance from the 2009–2010 Faculty Concert Series. Elmes is a member of the award-winning jazz quintet Time Warp, and has toured around the world performing both jazz classics and his own compositions. He’ll be joined onstage by fellow faculty members Ron Westray on trombone, Kelly Jefferson on sax, Reg Schwager on guitar, and Steve Wallace on bass. York University, Accolade East Building, Tribute Communities Recital Hall (4700 Keele Street), 7:30 p.m., $15 ($5 students and seniors).
ACTIVISM: It’s been a year since the founding of the Clean Train Coalition, a group whose central goal is to advocate for the electrification of the Georgetown rail corridor. Although it doesn’t seem like they’ll be getting what they want anytime soon, they are still optimistic about the prospects for an electrified rail line in the Georgetown South Corridor. To celebrate their one year anniversary, the Clean Train Coalition will host a party at the Gladstone Hotel tonight. Mayor David Miller will be present to say a few words at around 8 p.m., and music and entertainment will be provided by Kitgut Stringband, Rob Joy, and Michael Johnston and The Gentlemen Collars. Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Bitch Salad is back with a fresh batch of comedians to brighten up a hum-drum Tuesday night. Kathleen McGee, Diana Love, Kayla Lorette, Sarah Donaldson, Heidi Brander, Ian Lynch, and SHE SAID WHAT will all take the stage to bitch about life, love, and the price of a Starbucks latte. As usual, Andrew Johnston will host. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street); doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.; $10.

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