Urban Planner: June 4, 2010
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Urban Planner: June 4, 2010

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This could be you post–Costume Sale. Photo courtesy of Opera Atelier.

SHOP: As a climatic follow-up to yesterday’s opera fashion show, you can forget Topshop (for now) and go retro—no, really—at today’s Opera Atelier Costume Sale. History lovers and Halloween enthusiasts, control yourselves: the Opera Atelier has twenty-five years worth of reconstructed corsets and waistcoats (everything from Don Giovanni to The Marriage of Figaro) just waiting to kick ass at costume parties. All Canadian Self-Storage (1 Laird Drive), 1–5 p.m. (same hours on Saturday), FREE.
EXHIBITION: Power Tool Drag Racing is Jane and Finch’s Pimp My Ride. With the help of York University, the project put fourteen teenagers through six weeks of workshops to soup up drills and belt sanders into customized AC-powered rides. Their creations already raced (we’re not telling you who won), but check ‘em out to pick your fave at tonight’s opening exhibition of dragsters, design, and production journals. Upstairs at Ms. Lube (499 Bathurst Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Musician turned photographer Matthew Trotter explores the female body—yep, you heard us—via shadows and light at the opening of his second show (the first was landscapes, natch), Femiforma. His black and white prints (including photographs, diptychs, and polyptychs) showcase the intimate beauty and complexity of women—and there’s no shortage of flesh and curves either. Profits from sales benefit a local women’s charity of the model’s choosing. The Lens Factory (2186 Queen Street East), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
ART: Yugoslavian urbanite Vladimir Kato took to the streets of Toronto—his graffiti eventually landed him entrance at Sheridan College of Art and Design and into a full design career of comic-inspired pop art (and animation, logos, and magazine illustrations). His second solo show in the same number of years, Wilderness, uses a range of unnatural and exaggerated colours to amp up traditional zoology. Show & Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Director Paul Lampert presents The Corpse Bride, a darkly comedic Canadian twist on a famous Yiddish folktale. If you spaced out during the Tim Burton version, here’s a brief synopsis: a hunky bridegroom, on his way to seal the deal with a live girl, accidentally weds a corpse bride (don’t you hate when that happens?). This Theatre PANIK version tragically lacks Johnny Depp, but makes up for it with projection, text, and scenery. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 8 p.m. (also a double bill on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), $25.

UPDATE: JUNE 4, 2010 The planned mayoral debate organized by The Toronto Society of Architects and the Design Exchange—mentioned in today’s Planner—has been unceremoniously “cancelled until further notice.”