Urban Planner: October 6, 2010
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Urban Planner: October 6, 2010

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Spacing Magazine‘s Fall issue launches tonight at The Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Spacing.

Today in Urban Planner: the library talks opera, Spacing launches the Fall issue, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev at the Power Plant, and Larry Towell at the Drake.

TALK: The Toronto Public Library is bringing you so much more than books this year—starting tonight, with a multimedia look at what it takes to make or break a stage show. In celebration with Opera Atelier’s twenty-fifth season, panel guests—including founding directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg, and ballerinas of the Atelier ballet—will appreciate the opera in ways you never could. And even better? There’s a cash bar reception first. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), reception 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Spacing Magazine is releasing its Fall issue—and spotlighting the ten most important urban issues affecting Toronto. Sounds good, yes, but also good is tonight’s launch at the Courthouse. Expect mayoral and council candidates and passionate urbanites to duke it out, election-styles, over what worked (and more importantly, what did not work) over the past four years. Courthouse (57 Adelaide Street East), doors open at 7 p.m., $10 (with magazine) or $5 (for subscribers).
TALK: The Power Plant presents an evening with curator and author Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. She’ll be chatting about her curating adventures—at the Castello di Rivoli Museum in Turin, the 16th Biennale in Sidney, and at the Contemporary Art Centre in New York—as well as her research for her latest project, dOCUMENTA, a recurrent, multi-venue show staged every five years in Kassel, Germany. The next one’s in Summer 2012, so book now for cheap flights. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m., $12 for adults (FREE for members).
EXHIBIT: Larry Towell—Canada’s leading photojournalist—brings his portfolio of video, slide projection, live music, and poetry to the Drake Hotel. This rare appearance, together with original music provided by Toronto instrumental quartet The Henrys, explores family versus politics (like you could ever have one without the other) through a quarter-century’s worth of photos from El Salvador, Israel, France, Canada, and more. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $20.

CORRECTION: OCTOBER 6, 2010 This article originally mistakenly transposed a letter in the name of Opera Atelier’s Marshall Pynkoski: we spelled it Marshall Pynkiski.