Urban Planner: October 28, 2010
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Urban Planner: October 28, 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 Gladstone’s upArt Contemporary Art Fair, which features Piles by Nadia Moss, opens tonight and runs until Sunday. Image courtesy of the Gladstone Hotel.

Tonight, Street Haven at the Crossroads marks its forty-fifth anniversary, Sarah Elton talks about life as a locavore, the upArt Contemporary Art Fair hones in on curios and collections, and The Rocky Horror Show arrives just in time for Halloween.

ANNIVERSARY: In 1965, Peggy Ann Walpole was working as a nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she tended to a number of beaten, addicted, and homeless women. Here, she noticed that there were plenty of hostels for men, but few for equally needy women. So she founded a shelter, Street Haven at the Crossroads, which grew from a rented room in a seedy hotel to a wide-reaching organization offering housing and addiction services, community programs, and a learning centre. Tonight, Street Haven celebrates its forty-fifth anniversary with a party offering music, speeches, and an exhibit looking at the history of women and homelessness. City of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Road), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: “Locavore” was the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year in 2007, exemplifying how ubiquitous the local food movement has become, with proponents all over the world working to shrink the distance between producer and consumer. In Locavore, a book from CBC Radio food columnist and self-described “urban hunter-gatherer” Sarah Elton, she explores the local food movement and its development in Canada. Tonight, as part of the Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series, Elton speaks about the intersection of food and politics in Canada and beyond. Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Each year, the upArt Contemporary Art Fair at the Gladstone offers artists the opportunities to create site-specific installations on particular themes. This year’s exhibition, opening tonight and running until October 31, examines humankind’s fascination with items and objects, authenticity and hoax. Along with the exhibit, don’t miss an old-fashioned trading post that will allow traders and collectors to meet and exchange doohickeys and gizmos of all shapes and sizes, from family heirlooms to buttons and stamps to stories and wisdom. Participating artists include Misha Michael, Dagmara Genda, and Torontoist’s own Amanda Happé. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), opening reception 7–10 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: This time of year, The Rocky Horror Show is everywhere you look. The rep cinemas are all screening the 1975 film version (which, to its credit, does star Meat Loaf), and on Tuesday, the Glee kids did their own sunshiny take on the show. But nothing beats seeing it live. From tonight until Halloween, the Lower Ossington Theatre will be staging its own production of Richard O’Brien‘s cult-classic musical about a straitlaced couple who find themselves stranded at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue); 8 p.m.; $25, $20/students.