Urban Planner: May 17, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 17, 2010

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There’s a story to be told here; Kayla Lorette (pictured) and Bob Kerr host the third edition of their Dime Store Novels series tonight at The Ossington, featuring amateur storytellers relating true experiences. Photo by Kate Millet, courtesy Sean Tabares & Bad Dog Theatre.

MEETING: With the recent developments concerning our city’s bike plan in mind, the Toronto Public Library’s City Series has organized a panel discussion entitled “Sharing the Streets.” Moderated by the Toronto Star‘s urban affairs columnist, Christopher Hume, the panelists include Yvonne Bambrick (Toronto Cyclists Union) and Fiona Chapman (City of Toronto Pedestrian Projects Manager). There will be a cash bar reception in the Appel Salon preceding the discussion, so the various transit proponents can have a civilized drink and chat before the debate gets rancourous. Toronto Reference Library (780 Yonge Street), reception at 6 p.m., panel at 7 p.m., FREE.
BINGO: Book an afternoon appointment to touch up your perm, and lay out your clothing with rhinestones—there’s big money to be won at ye olde bingo hall tonight. OK, so it isn’t money per se, but prizes from Aboveground Art Magazine, the Gladstone Hotel, Parlour Salon, and more; it isn’t in a smoke-filled legion hall, but the cutting edge environs of the XPACE Cultural Centre. Nevertheless, host(ess) Blu Silver will be calling the numbers at Glamour Bingo, so bring your lucky dauber (the Entrance Package provides one, if it’s been a while since you stamped out a few cards). XPACE Cultural Centre (58 Ossington Avenue), doors at 6:30 p.m., first game at 7:15 p.m., $5.
FILM: Tonight’s the final night to see The Red Shoes on the silver screen at the Bloor Cinema. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film about a ballerina’s meteoric rise and fall is widely considered one of the most visually sumptuous films shot in Technicolour, and the most famous ballet film ever made. It was recently given a lavish restoration by Martin Scorsese and his longtime editor, Thelma Schoonmaker (who is also Powell’s widow), and shown at the Cannes Film Festival; while the movie will be out shortly via the Criterion Collection, it really is one of those films you should see in a theatre. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $5–$10.
STORYTELLING: Toronto’s had storytelling nights before (such as the Awkward Show and Tell series), but the
Dime Store Novels are specifically based on The Moth, a phenomenally popular series (and podcast) created in New York. This month’s theme is “They Mean Well: Family Foibles and Follies”; confirmed readers include Alana Johnston, Mikaela Dyke, and Hayden Simpson. It’s not too late to email co-hosts and producers Bob Kerr and Kayla Lorette if you think you have a story to contribute. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.