Urban Planner: March 4, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 4, 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].

Photo by Nick Kozak, whose photographs from Haiti will be displayed at 52 McCaul until March 14.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Often we need to see something to believe it, and such is the case with the aftermath of January’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, which has devastated the poverty-stricken nation and left over 230,000 people presumed dead. Shortly after the quake hit, Torontoist photographer Nick Kozak travelled to Haiti in order to bring awareness of the tragedy back home. Until March 14, Nick’s photographs from his trip will be displayed in Broke, an exhibit at 52 McCaul. All proceeds will be donated to Fix, a fundraising project established through CARE Canada. 52 McCaul (52 McCaul Street), 7–11 p.m. tonight; regular hours 12–7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12–5 p.m. Sundays. Donations accepted.
MUSIC: Technically, YACHT is a band, but in reality, it’s much more than that—it’s a movement. The indie electronic group, who perform tonight, invite everyone to be a member, and their avant-garde mandate focuses on a triangular model with light, darkness, and duration as its precepts. The band’s mission statement expresses, among other things, a belief in aliens, a commitment to the free dissemination of online content, and the firm promise that “YACHT IS NOT A CULT.” Their latest album, Marfa Mystery Lights, takes its name and thematic inspiration from a phenomenon of unidentified coloured light orbs occurring in Marfa, Texas, near where the album was produced. Tonight, they perform at Wrongbar with Bobby Birdman and MNDR. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), doors 10 p.m., $15.
ART: The Artist Project, one of Toronto’s most esteemed juried art exhibitions, returns for its third year, beginning tonight and running to March 7. This year’s show will feature 175 talented artists displaying their work, along with an Art Chat series and walking tours. Tonight, don’t miss a special preview party, where you will be able to get an early look (and first dibs!) on some of the artwork, hear music from superstar DJ Denise Benson, and eat delectable goodies, followed by an after-party at the Drake Hotel beginning at 10 p.m. Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place; preview party 7–10, March 5 12–9 p.m., March 6 11 a.m.–9 p.m., March 7 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; preview party: $23/advance, $25/door, regular admission: adults $10/advance, $12/door, seniors and students $8.
THEATRE: Most people advise us not to do business with friends. According to Michael Nathanson‘s Governor-General’s Award–nominated play Talk, the same advice applies to talking about Israeli politics. In Talk, which opens tonight at the Jane Mallett Theatre and runs until March 20, two friends—one Jewish, one not—enter into a heated debate about the conflict in the Middle East. The play soon becomes less about the issue itself than about the hidden resentment between the two friends (played by local theatre favourites Kevin Bundy and Michael Rubenfeld) that is unleashed in the argument’s wake. Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $20–$69.
WORDS: And now for some slightly more lighthearted Judaica. Tonight, National Post managing editor Benjamin Errett launches his new book, Jew and Improved, at the Drake Underground. A memoir, the book documents Errett’s decision to convert from lapsed Catholicism to reform Judaism for the love of a good woman (Torontoist co-founder and former editor Sarah Lazarovic, who provides illustrations). It recounts the overwhelming sights and sounds of being a new Jew, from spirituality and community to the more important things in life: brisket and gefilte fish. Tonight’s event will see Errett interviewed by the CBC’s Bob Mackowycz, and feature a game show (Dreidel of Fortune, perhaps?), prizes, snacks, and more. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.