Urban Planner: July 13, 2010
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Urban Planner: July 13, 2010

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A collage of saucy life drawing sketches at the Keyhole Sessions’ SneakPeek gallery. Photo by Stefan Valent, courtesy of The Madame.

On today’s agenda: a scintillating gallery of life drawings, a fundraiser for filmmakers, a hands-on animation class, and some bard under the stars.

ART: Scintillating life drawing series The Keyhole Sessions may currently be on a summer hiatus, but they’re still contributing their unique steamy edge to the summer heat with an exhibition at the Gladstone’s Art Bar. Come peruse drawings and photographs from the previous fifty-five sessions of this outside-the-box art class that tends to feature rope bondage, riding crops, and every kind of cosplay you can fathom. The gallery closes today, so hurry down for a tantalizing peek! Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Documentarian Joanne Hodges was disturbed by the incongruity between the presentation of “developing” communities as helpless in the media and her own first-hand experiences, which showed motivated communities working towards local change. As a response, she formed Good Evidence, a group of filmmakers dedicated to producing material that showcases non-profit community initiatives around the world. Tonight they will hold their first public event at the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, where the curious and the supportive are invited to find out more about the initiative and how they might be able to help. There is no cover charge, though they will be raising funds for an upcoming trip by accepting donations and holding a small silent auction. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30–9:30 p.m., FREE.
WORKSHOP: The NFB Mediatheque is offering a free lesson in stop-motion animation with their Demystifying the Reel workshop tonight. Use a variety of materials to create your own short film in this hands-on cinematic experience for participants aged eighteen or older. Capacity is limited, so call 416-973-3012 to register. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., FREE. Sold out, but there’s a waiting list.
THEATRE: Canopy Theatre is celebrating a decade of outdoor theatre for downtown Toronto with a staging of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night in the picturesque surroundings of Philosopher’s Walk. Bring your own blanket and enjoy some bard under the stars at tonight’s opening performance, directed by regular Canopy contributor Jeremy Hutton. Tickets available from UofTtix. Philosopher’s Stage at Philosopher’s Walk (just southwest of Museum Station), 8 p.m. (house opens at 7:30 p.m.), $10 adults and $8 students, PWYC on Tuesdays.