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

Canadian student Leanne Katz’s collage will feature among the other pieces at tonight’s Art for AIDS opening.

ART: Art for AIDS International—a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for those most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic—presents the work of twenty-five internationally recognized artists, as well as unique collages made by students from Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, and the Netherlands. By engaging students through art and HIV/AIDS-awareness workshops, the organization aims to foster a perspective of hope and passion for tomorrow’s leaders. All proceeds from print sales go to various grassroots projects that support women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: In Through Darkling Air, Peter Sanger chronicles the life of Canadian poet Richard Outram. While giving a detailed account of Outram’s poetry, influences, and allusions, Sanger also reveals the impressive scope of collaboration between Outram and his wife, visual artist Barbara Howard. The couple worked together to produce limited-edition broadsides and handmade books, and Sanger includes over seventy-five reproductions of some of their most noteworthy collaborations. The book also features many key poems from Outram’s more scarce collections. Arts & Letters Club (14 Elm Street), 5–7 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: Fifty years ago, primatologist, environmentalist, and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall began her study of the chimpanzees of Gombe, Tanzania. In her own words, “Half a century of amazing discoveries have helped us redefine our place in the natural world.” To honour this landmark anniversary, Goodall will reflect on the meaning of the last five decades, the changes the world has seen since then, and how they have affected our planet, people, and animals. All proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, which runs conservation programs in Africa and Roots & Shoots, a global youth action program. U of T’s Convocation Hall (31 King’s College Circle), 7 p.m., tickets prices vary, but are sold out, so you may have to scrounge.
DANCE: Daring and erotic, Wen Wei Wang‘s Cock-Pit is inspired from memories of his student days in China, at a boarding school run by the People’s Liberation Army. The quintet explores the repressed sexual awakening of adolescent boys confined to a dorm together, with no contact with girls. To confront their desires in this cloistered environment, they must find imaginative ways to express themselves. The piece relies not only on beautiful choreography and talented dancers, but on its thought-provoking subject matter, drawn from real-life experiences that give us a glimpse into a very different time and place. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $28.
ART: Influence to artists like Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Steve Powers, acclaimed comic/sign/fine artist Justin Green is best known for his exploration of the symbolic relationship between neurosis and Catholicism in his comic Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Tonight, his solo show, “Romancing the Sackcloth,” opens in conjunction with Greg Lamarche‘s latest collection, “Cut to the Chase.” The latter features Lamarche’s trademark style of hand-cut collage and bold typography, combined to create vivid pieces that straddle the line between graphic design and fine art. Show & Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7–11 p.m., FREE.