Urban Planner: April 1, 2010
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Urban Planner: April 1, 2010

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The Door of No Return by Jane Fulton Alt, whose photos will be exhibited at galleryDK until April 25.

PHOTOGRAPHY: In her new show, Mourning Light, acclaimed American photographer Jane Fulton Alt has captured the more sinister aspects of human nature. Alt’s photographs were taken at the sites of some of the more horrific moments in human history—specifically, the Nazi concentration camps in Europe and the forts in Africa where slaves were housed before being transported to the New World. Her work explores the darkness of these spaces of confinement as a metaphor for the dark side of humanity. Alt will be present at tonight’s opening reception, and the exhibit runs to April 25. galleryDK (1332 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: The Images Festival, which celebrates “contemporary moving image culture,” returns today for its twenty-third season. The festival focuses on the intersections between film, art, and music, and runs for ten days in venues across the city. Opening the festival tonight will be a screening of Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari‘s Port of Memory, which explores a Jaffa neighbourhood through both its architecture and residents. After the screening, the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) will hold an opening-night party (free with ticket stub or festival pass). Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West); 7 p.m.; $15/regular, $12/students and seniors.
THEATRE: Like any other medium, musical theatre has its mainstream hits and its cult classics. With his complex melodies and witty lyrics, Jason Robert Brown is to theatre junkies what Stephin Merritt is to indie music fans: the sleeper favourite. He is known for perfectly polished, minimalist gems like The Last 5 Years and Parade, and from tonight until Saturday, his breakout piece, Songs for a New World, will be performed at Theatre Passe Muraille. Songs for a New World straddles the line between book musical and revue, consisting of a number of songs connected not by narrative, but by themes such as love, loss, and disillusionment. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), today–April 3 at 7:30 p.m. (plus April 3 matinee at 2:30 p.m.), $15 (April 3 matinee PWYC).
MUSIC: These days, there is a trend among Canadian singer-songwriters—Sarah Slean, Rufus Wainwright, and Sarah Harmer among them—towards sweeping romance in their music. Royal Wood (his real name) is no exception, known for his lush, elegant piano melodies enhanced by bittersweet lyrics. The talented Lakefield, Ontario, native was named one of iTunes’ songwriters of the year in 2008, and in addition to being a gifted songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist, Wood is no slouch in the looks department, either. Tonight, he plays at the Glenn Gould Studio, and he will be performing a second show at the same venue on April 10. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 8 p.m., $29.50.