Urban Planner: July 22, 2010
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Urban Planner: July 22, 2010

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Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated screens tonight at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Image from artist Peter Berg (Deviantart).

Today, country rock courtesy of Calexico and Elliott Brood; one-man comedy Cancer Can’t Dance Like This; southern gothic thriller The Sugar Witch; and a screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, featuring the work of over 150 artists.

MUSIC: Arizona sextet Calexico will bring their dusty brand of southwestern roots rock to the Phoenix tonight, joined by Toronto’s self-described “death country” band Elliott Brood. The Tuscon-based Calexico is influenced by everything from Latin mariachi to arid desert country to the scores of old spaghetti westerns—in a way, they represent true Americana in their recognition of America’s cultural debts to its southern neighbours. Elliott Brood, meanwhile, despite its urban origins, takes its cues from the mountains, offering rustic folk-country ditties backed by banjos and ukuleles. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), doors at 8 p.m., $21.50.
THEATRE: Daniel Stolfi’s acclaimed one-man show, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, returns tonight, with proceeds going towards expanding the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. Two years ago, Stolfi was diagnosed with cancer, and throughout his treatment, struggled with losing his appetite, his hair, his sex drive, and his dance drive. He started writing the show about three months into his chemo, and what resulted is a hilarious and touching story of overcoming adversity through comedy. A reception will follow tonight’s performance. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $35–$45.
THEATRE: Like gothic drama and fiction, southern gothic uses place, irony, and atmosphere to obscure the boundaries between the natural and supernatural. But unlike its parent genre, southern gothic is bound by the south’s smothering ties to a dark social and cultural legacy, seen in the works of writers such as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Harper Lee. Nathan Sanders, whose eerie drama The Sugar Witch will play tonight and Saturday at the Theatre Passe Muraille, can add his name to that list. In the play, set in Sugar Bean, Florida, a family finds itself trapped in a web of murder, madness, racism, and an ancient curse. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $20/regular, $15/students and seniors.
FILM: Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated celebrates George A. Romero’s 1968 cult horror classic by transforming the film into a collaborative art exhibit. Curated by artist Mike Schneider, the project asked artists from around the world to submit their own artistic renderings of Romero’s film. Schneider then proceeded to create a shot-by-shot recreation of the movie set to its original soundtrack. The final product incorporates the work of over 150 artists, including everything from drawings to sock puppets to CGI to paintings to stop-motion animation, all united by a common zombie narrative thread. The movie plays tonight at the Toronto Underground Cinema, where used DVDs will be accepted for donation to the Toronto Public Library and artist Larry Adlon will be on hand for a Q&A. (The film will be preceded by a screening of another cult zombie hit, Zombie Dearest, at 7 p.m.) Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $8 ($14 for both movies).