Urban Planner: November 1, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 1, 2010

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Don’t miss the annual Pumpkin Parade at Sorauren Park. Photo by bigdaddyhame from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Tonight, the Pumpkin Parade lights up Sorauren Park, Antonia Fraser discusses her marriage to Harold Pinter, R. Murray Schafer explores the role of mysticism in his music, and The Dandy Warhols return to town.

PUMPKINS: So you spent hours picking the perfect pumpkin, carefully sketched your design, and painstakingly carved it into the pumpkin’s flesh. Now, after all that work, the only people who saw your jack-o’-lantern were a thankless swarm of candy-hungry children. Luckily, there’s still a forum for your masterpiece to be seen. Sorauren Park is holding its annual Pumpkin Parade, in which hundreds of carved pumpkins will be exhibited one last time before they’re sent to the compost heap. Bring yours to be put on display, or just come for a view of the gloriously lit-up park. Sorauren Park (Sorauren and Wabash avenues), dusk, FREE.
WORDS: History buffs take note: the reigning empress of historians, Britain’s Antonia Fraser, will speak in town tonight. Fraser is best known for her comprehensive histories of various iconic royals, from Mary Stuart to Marie Antoinette to Henry VIII. But Fraser was also married to playwright Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and tonight, she delves into a more personal kind of history, discussing her new memoir, Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter. Fraser will speak with author and journalist Ian Brown, whose experience with memoirs makes him a wise choice; his award-winning memoir, The Boy in the Moon, was published last year. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
TALK: R. Murray Schafer is one of Canada’s most renowned classical composers, combining avant-garde techniques with more traditional Romantic idealism in works like Patria and The Princess of the Stars. He is considered to be the father of “acoustic ecology,” which examines the effects of sound and noise on city-dwellers and, in the ’60s, he founded the World Soundscape Project, which uses interdisciplinary practices to study soundscape ecology. Tonight, Schafer speaks about the role of mysticism in his works and discusses his latest work, The Soul of God. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park); 7:30 p.m., meet-and-greet at 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: A long time ago, we used to be friends…with earthy Oregonian rockers The Dandy Warhols, who return to Toronto tonight to promote their first compilation album, The Capitol Years 1995–2007. The band, led by redundantly named frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, formed in 1993 for as noble a reason as any: because they needed music to drink to. They gained a following on college radio, and later reached larger success when their catchy songs were featured in modern cult-classic movies and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Igby Goes Down, and, of course, Veronica Mars, which turned “We Used to Be Friends” into one of the past decade’s most unavoidable earworms. Sorry, kiddies, tonight’s show is nineteen-plus. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m., $30.