Urban Planner: November 12, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 12, 2010

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David Kopulos’ new exhibit Fun With Concrete plays with familiar landmarks from around the GTA. Image courtesy of the artist.

In today’s Urban Planner, Toronto landmarks are mashed up in a new painting exhibit, Zeesy Powers explores social conventions (both in real life and digitally), filmmakers kick off a forty-eight hour challenge to make digital art (that is, a film), burlesque performers show a little at Appeteasers, and two bands (The Meligrove Band and Winter Gloves) release CDs at shows tonight.

EXHIBITION: David Kopulos is fascinated with the what-could-be and what-could-have-been in architecture. We wrote about a past exhibit of his, in which he painted planned but never completed Toronto projects. For his new exhibit, Fun With Concrete, he takes elements of existing landmarks and jumbles them together, so that the buildings are seen through the prism of a child’s vague memories. Studio 301 (300 Campbell Street), opening reception from 6–9 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Zeesy Powers has told people the truth (sometimes uncomfortably, as Matt Baram experienced at SummerWorks’ Fiasco Playhouse), been anyone’s girlfriend (for three minute intervals), and given away $1000 (as “grants” in her name). For her new performance art piece Projected Realities, she’s exploring what physicality means when one’s not physically there, through projection. “The Ghost” and “TOTAL PANIC” are performed tonight, with “TOTAL PANIC” becoming a day-long installation piece tomorrow. Gallery TPW (56 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Toronto Film Challenge gives teams of aspiring filmmakers forty-eight hours to shoot, edit, and submit a film. Teams will be meeting for a meet-and-greet and to pick up their challenge packs tonight, then dashing out to begin filming (the finished films will screen at Bloor Cinema next Wednesday). Mick E. Fynn’s (45 Carlton Street), reception at 7 p.m., filming kick-off at 8 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: a bevy of burlesque beauties (plus several fellas from BoylesqueTO) will give short showcase performances at the Appeteasers show tonight; performers include producer Lucky Minx, host St. Stella, Cherry Temple, and many more. Opera Bob’s (1112 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested).
MUSIC: Two bands have new CDs to showcase at release shows tonight. Local favourites Meligrove Band have an eclectic lineup of pals, including buzz band (and current tourmates) Ruby Coast, and veteran rapper More or Les, at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $10. Dance-rockers Winter Gloves also have strong support, from fellow Montrealers Golden Isles, and sprightly and sexy rock outfit Whale Tooth. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $10.