Urban Planner: August 31, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 31, 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].

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Scissor Sisters bring glam to the Sound Academy tonight. Image courtesy of Collective Concerts.


Tonight, a vintage clothing swap, screenings of The Italian Job and its remake, Giles Blunt launches his latest northern detective novel, and the Scissor Sisters bring glitter and glam to Toronto.

CLOTHES: The sweltering days of summer have given way to a crisp breeze in the air and chances are that, in anticipation of autumn, you’re in the market for a new fall wardrobe. If you’re looking to get rid of some of your old duds and pick up some new ones, there will be a clothing swap and vintage trading post tonight at the Holy Oak Cafe. If you bring your vintage clothes (pre-1990s and in good condition), the proprietors of Bloordale vintage retailer Tomorrow Never Knows will give them a once-over and you’ll have the option to either trade them for another vintage item they’ve brought, trade them for store credit, or put them on consignment. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Italian Job, released in 1969 and starring Michael Caine as mobster Charlie Croker, is an iconic snapshot of the swinging sixties in London, an edge-of-your-seat caper flick, and a dream for classic car lovers. But its real notoriety comes from its (literal) cliffhanger ending. In fact, the ending caused so much frustration that a couple of years ago, in anticipation of the movie’s fortieth anniversary, the Royal Society of Chemistry held a contest to find the best resolution. Tonight, whip up your own perfect ending at Yonge-Dundas Square, which will be screening both the original British film and its 2003 American remake, starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Yonge-Dundas Square; original starts at 6:30 p.m., remake starts at 9 p.m.; FREE.
WORDS: Northern Ontario doesn’t seem like the most obvious setting for a series of hard-boiled crime thrillers, but author Giles Blunt has somehow made it work, setting his popular John Cardinal mystery books in the town of Algonquin Bay, a thinly veiled stand-in for North Bay. His latest book, Crime Machine, follows Cardinal who, while struggling with the death of his wife, tries to solve the murders of two decapitated Russians found in a nearby lake. The novel has its launch tonight, where Blunt will be interviewed by humourist Linwood Barclay. Dora Keogh Irish Pub (141 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Fans of the Scissor Sisters have Disneyland to thank for the band. It was on the teacups ride that guitarist Babydaddy and singer Jake Shears first connected with cabaret hostess Ana Matronic. The three of them, along with guitarist Del Marquis and drummer Randy Real, make up the glam-meets-electroclash outfit, which took its name from a lesbian sex act. Their glittery, theatrical sound is juxtaposed with lyrics addressing issues affecting the LGBT community, and the band, who will perform tonight, is known for its elaborate, high-energy performances—at some shows, Shears has even stripped down onstage. Tonight’s show is all-ages, so chances are slim, but concert-goers can always hope! Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), doors 8 p.m., $35.

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