Urban Planner: May 19, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 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].

20100519urbanplanner.jpg View from the streetcar at Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue by Peter Grevstad from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

WALK: The City of Toronto is inviting residents to “walk this way, talk this way” as part of the Dundas Street West Streetscape Improvement Project. If you reside, commute, or hang out along this stretch (Bathurst Street to University Avenue), your feedback and ideas are being sought in order to facilitate the revitalization of this burgeoning thoroughfare. Participants are asked to RSVP by e-mailing [email protected] and bring along a digital camera or smartphone for the walk. University Avenue median park (University Avenue north of Dundas Street West), 5–7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Enigmatic Swiss graphic designer turned sculptor and installation artist Thomas Hirschhorn is in town to chat about his recent project, The Bijlmer Spinoza-Festival, as part of The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series. Named after the The Bijlmer neighbourhood of Amsterdam where it was erected last year and the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, The Bijlmer Spinoza-Festival is a sculpture that addresses the question of public space, the question of the Other, and the idea of a “non-exclusive audience.” Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m., $12 (members FREE).
PARTY: It has been one glorious year since our comrades at ArtStars* started the video blog dedicated to Toronto’s art scene. Since then, they’ve chatted with plenty of artists and art critics (sometimes in a Snuggie), thrown big parties, crashed massive parties, and made a run for the border. In celebration of these achievements, the ArtStars* One Year Bish-Bash is going down tonight. The ArtStars* crew, including host and executive producer Nadja Sayej, who has become a familiar face who’s in your face at events and openings around town, will be partying with Team Macho, Jesjit Gill, and DJs Carl Heindl, Kevin Ritchie, and LBC & Baller. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $5.

CORRECTION: MAY 19, 2010 This article originally listed the Canadian premiere of Living Downstream, at the Bloor, which was to feature a post-screening discussion with producer and director Chanda Chevannes and author Sandra Steingraber. Unfortunately, the event was held on Tuesday, May 18—last night. Our error was the result of an incorrect date sent in emails to Torontoist by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network, one of the event’s co-presenters. Torontoist regrets the error, and any inconvenience caused, nonetheless.