Urban Planner: September 10, 2010
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Urban Planner: September 10, 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].

Detail of Dan Bergeron’s Beth, courtesy of The Show and Tell Gallery.

In today’s Urban Planner, fauxreel opens his first solo gallery exhibition, dance companies raise funds for human rights, improvisers make up musical numbers on the spot, and more.

ART: Street artist fauxreel has been written about frequently on Torontoist; most recently, his work was mistaken for Banksy’s. Now, Dan Bergeron is setting his street handle aside and opening his first solo exhibition, Faces Of The City, tonight at The Show and Tell Gallery. The exhibited work puts a spotlight on people in urban environments that in Bergeron’s words “are rarely focused on in mass media.” The Show and Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Dance troupes from across Toronto, including Hogtown Swing, the acrobatic Femmes du Feu, and flamenco performers from the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, are all performing at tonight’s annual Dance for Justice event, to raise funds for human rights in partnership with Amnesty International. The night is as much about celebrating Toronto’s rich diversity through dance as it is fundraising for a good cause. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), doors at 6:45 p.m. (performance at 7:30 p.m.), $30–$50.
COMEDY: Improvisers are hard-pressed enough to create funny and moving theatre on the spot; now, imagine creating a song and dueting with someone else who’s making it up as they go? That’s exactly what tonight’s Troubadours at Bad Dog Theatre will be doing, with musical accompaniment from two-time Dora-winning composer Waylen Miki, and host/producer Darryl Pring. The audience will vote on which of the eight performers deserve to advance through the rounds until one lucky impromptu belter is named the night’s star soloist. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: There are plenty of dinosaurs of rock playing Toronto tonight—Slash at the Kool Haus, KISS at the Molson Amphitheatre—but how about checking out some fresh saurian blood? Dinosaur Dinosaur open tonight at new live music and dance party series Silent Shout; headlining is Powers, the new, more synth-heavy incarnation of popular local band The Ghost is Dancing. Terenga (159 Augusta Avenue), doors at 9 p.m., $5.
FILM: TIFF’s in town! Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.