Urban Planner: March 31, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 31, 2010

20100331urbanplanner.jpg Photo from TSO Goes Vegas. Courtesy of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


MUSIC: Guest conductor Jack Everly is channelling the glitz and glamour of Sin City in TSO Goes Vegas. This musical tribute, which is part of the symphony’s Pops Series, will include hits such as “Big Spender,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and “Lady is a Tramp.” The show includes a cast of showgirls and stars including actor Martin Preston paying tribute to Liberace, along with vocalists Joe Cassidy, Allison Briner, Scott Beck, and Anne Beck. And remember: what happens at Roy Thomson Hall stays at Roy Thomson Hall. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., $28–99. Tickets available online.
ART: The annual mecca of spring craft shows, the One Of A Kind Spring Show and Sale, begins today and runs through Sunday. The show will feature a fabulous collection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories, home decor, and fine art from hundreds of unique artists, artisans, and designers from across North America. That perfect piece will seem even better after you have the opportunity to chat with the person who made it and realize how you’re supporting the independent arts community. Look for more One of a Kind coverage on Torontoist in the coming days. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard), 10 a.m.–9 p.m., $6.50–12. Tickets available online.
SPORTS: Pillow fights are no longer reserved for panty-clad girls at slumber parties. The Pillow Fight League (PFL), which hosts battles twice a month, is looking for new recruits. The try-out sessions, which started on the weekend and continue through tomorrow, are open to females who are physically fit and are looking to have some fun. Interested ladies should come with workout clothes and running shoes and be prepared to answer a questionnaire and participate in a series of drills led by the league’s trainers. PFL Training Studio (89-B Niagara Street), 6–10 p.m., FREE.
TALK: Washi is a traditional handmade Japanese paper that’s made with fibres from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry tree. A talk tonight at The Paper Place—the city’s go-to shop for all things paper—will provide an introduction to the world of washi. Through images of paper-making areas in Japan and artwork from her personal collection, shop owner Nancy Jacobi will share her knowledge and passion for paper. The shop is also hosting a variety of other spring workshops that include binding techniques, paper flowers, relief printmaking, and paper cutting. The Paper Place (887 Queen Street West), 6:30–8:30 p.m., FREE. Register by calling 416-703-0089 or by emailing [email protected].
TALK: Every month, a group of young folks gather for a discussion on topics pertaining to gender and sexuality in the arts and culture as part of the ShOUT! Queer West Young Adult (Un)Conference Series. This month’s talk, Make Culture Jam, will focus on guerrilla art, media-making, and creative resistance. The talk will include presentations by Sarah Pinder, who is a local writer, editor, and small press publisher, Lauren Hortie (aka DJ Sigourney Beaver) who will discuss her queer-themed posters and ‘zine series, and freelance journalist Victoria Gray who will speak about her recent volunteer work with youth in the Domincan Republic. Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue), 6:30–8:30 p.m., FREE.

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