Urban Planner: August 12, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 12, 2010

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Forest City Lovers play tonight at The Great Hall. Photo by Ryan Marr.

Tonight, an outdoor screening of This Movie Is Broken, Jacquelyne Luce launches her new book about same-sex parenting, a preview of the Ashkenaz Festival, and Forest City Lovers and Gentleman Reg play The Great Hall.

FILM: There are plenty of outdoor film screenings in the summertime, so Open Roof Films is stepping up their game. As we gushed in our profile of the screening series earlier this week, each of their parking lot screenings is supplemented by a live musical performance and after-party, not to mention a dazzling view of the cityscape from the roof of the Amsterdam Brewery. Tonight’s title is This Movie Is Broken, Bruce McDonald‘s love story set to the music of Broken Social Scene. Performing before the screening will be The Little Black Dress, a Toronto foursome known for their high-energy dance hits and rock anthems. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street), box office at 7 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m., band at 8 p.m., screening at 9 p.m., $15.
WORDS: Despite significant improvements in society’s views on assisted conception and non-traditional families, difficulties and prejudices prevail. Beyond Expectations, a new book by author and activist Jacquelyne Luce, explores the experiences of LGBT parents. The book chronicles the experiences of eighty-two women between the years of 1980 and 2000 as they try to become parents, combined with contextual information about the status of same-sex parents and reproductive technology. Luce will speak about her findings tonight at the Gladstone, followed by a moderated question-and-answer period. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m., FREE.
CULTURE: Reductive stereotypes aside, Jewish music is about so much more than klezmer, and tonight’s preview of the fifteenth annual Ashkenaz Festival will provide an eye-opening glimpse into the many facets of Jewish musical culture and what to expect at this year’s festival, which runs from August 31 to September 6. Festival director Eric Stein will discuss his curatorial approach to the festival and the current world of contemporary Jewish music, including clips from Balkan Beat Box, a Mediterranean funk outfit, klezmer/Romani fusion group The Other Europeans, and Frank London’s opera A Night in the Old Marketplace. Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
MUSIC: As their name suggests, Forest City Lovers are something of a contradiction in terms. The self-described “nature-loving urban-dwellers” started four years ago as a solo project by singer-songwriter Kat Burns, and has since exploded into a full-fledged pop act in its own right. The five-piece outfit released its second full-length album, Carriage, in June, and will perform tonight in support of its release. The band will be joined by beloved Toronto blondie Gentleman Reg (who has performed with Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett, and Broken Social Scene) and singer-songwriter Carmen Elle. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
THEATRE: SummerWorks is going strong, and will be filling several venues with thespian goodness today/this weekend. Overwhelmed by choice? Our cheat sheet does the heavy lifting and highlights the best of the festival for you.