Urban Planner: March 9, 2010
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Urban Planner: March 9, 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].

Still from Bloody Cartoons, screening tonight at the ROM. Courtesy of the Institute for Contemporary Culture.

FILM: As part of their Dan Perjovschi: Late News exhibit, the ROM and the ICC are screening Bloody Cartoons, a documentary film by Karsten Kjaer. The film follows the Danish Mohammed cartoons controversy from back in 2005. The film is part of a series called “Why Democracy?” produced by Steps International, which explores the role of democracy in its many different forms. The incident raises questions about censorship, freedom of expression, and journalistic ethics when dealing with controversial issues. All of those topics will be discussed during a panel following the screening. Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre (100 Queens Park), 7 p.m., $10 ($8 for ROM member, $6 for Friends of ICC).
ENVIRONMENT: For the next two days a group of high school and university students from Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, and Brazil will meet via video conference to discuss climate change. The Climate Change Exchange, co-hosted by the Ontario Science Centre and the British Council, will see students talk about the effects of climate change, sharing what challenges their respective countries have faced and solutions they’ve explored. For those who can’t make it to the Science Centre to be a part of the live audience, the talk will be streamed online. Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road), 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $11–18 for admission into the Science Centre (talk is FREE).
FILM: MDFF (Medium Density Fibreboard Films) is a local production company whose 2008 piece, Princess Margaret Blvd., has garnered several awards and accolades, including a recent Genie nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama. Tonight, they’ve collected three of their dramatic short films—Assault, Princess Margaret Blvd., and Out in that Deep Blue Sea (which we dug when it showed at TIFF last year)—and are screening them as the “MDF Trilogy” [PDF]. Director Kazik Radwanski will be present after the screening for a discussion moderated by Magali Simard, TIFF’s Canadian programming coordinator, covering the young filmmakers’ growth both creatively and professionally following the festival tours each film has been on. Ryerson University (350 Victoria Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Three different indie jammers have the stage at Wrongbar tonight, vying for a spot on your button-covered messenger bag. Tigercity is a young band based out of Brooklyn, New York (via Northampton, Massachusetts), whose rock/pop tunes have opened shows for both Jamie Lidell and M.I.A. in the past. Liverpool native alternative band Wave Machines and experimental pop/rock outfit The Silent Years will open the show. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $10.50.