Urban Planner: November 18, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 18, 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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Stage virtuoso Robert Lepage is in town tonight and tomorrow in his gender-bending theatre-dance hybrid, Eonnagata.

Tonight, ECW Press launches its fall catalogue, the aluCine film festival highlights works by artists of Latin American heritage, Robert Lepage brings his gender-bending theatrical production to town, and The Magical Bunch live up to their name.

WORDS: Formed in 1974, ECW Press‘s original incarnation was as a literary magazine called Essays on Canadian Writing. Five years later, it expanded to publishing books, and now releases about fifty titles a year. In almost three decades of book publishing, ECW has cemented its reputation as one of Canada’s top small presses, publishing titles that have been nominated for Governor General’s Awards, Trillium Book Awards, and more. Tonight, in an evening co-presented by Type Books, ECW launches its fall catalogue with readings from some of its esteemed authors, including Evie Christie (The Bourgeois Empire), George Murray (Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms), and David Donnell (Watermelon Kindness). Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The annual aluCine festival returns this year, devoted to developing and presenting works by local and international artists of Latin American heritage. Tonight’s opening gala presents the North American premiere of Juan Camilo Sarmiento’s documentary Land Left Behind, with the director in attendance. The doc focuses on the plight of Colombia’s internationally displaced population, which numbered almost five million at the end of last year. The film follows three people as they struggle to settle in the dense city of Bogotá after being forced out of their rural homes. The festival runs until November 21. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue); 7:30 p.m.; $10, $8/students and seniors.
THEATRE: Don’t miss virtuosic playwright, director, and actor Robert Lepage onstage tonight and tomorrow in the Toronto premiere of Eonnagata, a hybrid of dance and theatre conceived and performed by Lepage, French dancer Sylvie Guillem, and British choreographer Russell Maliphant. The production follows the adventures of Chevalier d’Éon, an eighteenth-century transvestite and spy, drawing from the ancient kabuki theatrical technique of onnagata, where male actors play female roles. The sumptuous production is enhanced by costumes from the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $39–$159.
MUSIC: From the Jackson 5 to Hanson, musical families have always held a certain appeal for the listening public, and The Magical Bunch is no exception. The Guelph quartet is made up of the four Ryangoma siblings, aged eleven to seventeen; the family fled genocide-plagued Rwanda in 1994, when Christian, the oldest sibling (on guitar and vocals) was a little over a year old. Now, the band, which plays tonight at the Gladstone, is known for its Afro-fusion sound, drawing on everything from jazz and Afrobeat to funk and R&B, and characterized by the creative energy that only kids can generate. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.

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