Urban Planner: August 24, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 24, 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].

The Schlapentickle Family are ready to scandalize and scintillate in their travelling cabaret-burlesque show. Photo courtesy of Marla Meringue Schlapentickle.

Today in Toronto: a grilled cheese showdown, the paparazzo lowdown, a burlesque hoedown, and erotic photography at sundown.

FOOD: The CNE is set to sizzle today as chefs from across the country face off in the Grate Canadian Grilled Cheese Cook-Off. Sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada and hosted by cheese guru Gurth Pretty, the event will no doubt offer some creative spins on the classic favourite. Also on today’s schedule at the Ex: Richard Palmisano’s paranormal lecture Ghosts & Hot Spots, the Haunted CNE Walking Tour, and an outdoor screening of Alice in Wonderland. The All You Need is Cheese Booth at the CNE (210 Princes Boulevard), 11 a.m.–2 p.m., FREE with CNE admission.
FILM: Adrian Grenier’s surprisingly self-aware documentary Teenage Paparazzo is returning to Toronto, after having made quite the splash at Hot Docs this year. The doc follows thirteen-year-old paparazzi Austin Visschedyk through the complicated world of celebrity, with paparazzi-bait Grenier’s presence shoveling on the irony along with the insight. Grenier will be making amends for his much-lamented absence at Hot Docs—and jacking up the pricetag—by attending tonight’s exclusive advanced screening, to be followed by hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 7 p.m., $30.
BURLESQUE: For one night only, Toronto will be graced with the madcap presence of the Schlapentickle Family, a travelling cabaret-burlesque troupe made up of some of the East Coast’s top performers. The scandalous family vacation will be joined by local burlesque superstars Skin Tight Outta Sight and Mysterion the Mind Reader in a performance that’s “so over the top you’ll want to take yours off!” Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Keyhole Series are trading in their usual sketchpads for lenses for Girls on Film II, the second installation of their all-cameras extravaganza. Attendees will be given two hours to snap away as an expert rigger artfully binds five models in a number of erotic configurations. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, and all photographers must sign a non-commercial reproduction release form [PDF] to be brought to the event. Check here to sample some of the work from the first event. Foundation Room (19 Church Street), 8 p.m., $50.