Urban Planner: April 19, 2010
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Urban Planner: April 19, 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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, screening today as part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

FILM: This year’s Toronto Jewish Film Festival has a special focus on those Jewish artists who chose comic books as their medium to tell stories. There is a series of presentations throughout the nine day festival (which started this last Saturday) that examine this connection, and today’s lineup of screenings and lectures include some great examples. American Splendor is based on two of Harvey Pekar‘s comic book series, American Splendor and Our Cancer Year. Pekar himself will be a special guest at the screening. Also showing today is the 1988 classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which will feature comic scholar Paul Buhle as the guest presenter. Lastly, graphic novelist Ben Katchor will read from some of his work at an event called “The False Forest and Other Picture-Stories.” There are several other screenings throughout the day; you can check out the schedule on their website. All events at Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), (American Splendor) 12 p.m., $7 (free student rush tickets); (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) 5 p.m., $12 ($7 for students and seniors, free student rush tickets); (“The False Forest and Other Picture-Stories”) 8:30 p.m., $12 ($7 for students and seniors, free student rush tickets).
WORDS: Tonight’s TINARS event celebrates an experiment in fantasy and “futuristic fictions.” Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales From Tomorrow, edited by Zsuzsi Gartner, is a collection of fantasy/dystopian/satirical short stories by authors who don’t normally write genre works. The TINARS audience is invited to take part in a costume party while contributors Pasha Malla, Heather O’Neill, Neil Smith, Elyse Friedman, Jessica Grant, Mark Anthony Jarman, Matthew Trafford, and Adam Lewis Schroeder perform in a cabaret-style show full of pieces based on their work in the book. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), $5 (free with book purchase).
MUSIC: Dakota Nights for War Child is a series of concerts held at the Dakota Tavern that benefit War Child Canada. Tonight’s Dakota Nights performance comes from local alt-rock girl group Hunter Valentine. All proceeds go to support War Child Canada, a charity that provides humanitarian aid for children in war-torn regions of the world. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.
WORDS: Toronto-based literary publication Descant Magazine is celebrating the launch of its spring issue tonight. Most of their issues revolve around a central theme, and “Descant 148: The Search of Happiness” explores the search for that most elusive of feelings: true and lasting satisfaction. Tonight’s launch will feature readings from contributors Emi Benn, Roo Borson, David Day, Larry Frolick, and Alex Pugsley. Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.