Urban Planner: November 4, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 4, 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].

Henri Faberge (left) and Alex Tindal “slap knees,” a morning ritual at Boyce’s Naval Academy. Still taken from video, shot by Henry Sansom.

In today’s Urban Planner, log on for a tour of the NFB’s interactive film, hold on to Halloween at the theatre, sign on (the dotted line) for hazing and vaudeville performance at the Feint of Hart, and rock on with Doctor Ew and pals at his CD release.

DISCUSSION: You’re invited to a “social media teleconference” with Katerina Cizek, the director of the National Film Board`s Highrise/Out My Window. The interactive online film, which can be viewed here, examines the lives of high rise condo dwellers around the world, and the discussion will include an online tour of the work. All you need to participate is an internet connection, and a telephone (Skype or another VOIP program will do). The internet, 2:30 p.m., FREE (email [email protected] before 1 p.m. to participate).
THEATRE: Halloween has come and gone, but there’s still horror-oriented theatre in town. Monkey Sci Fi Horror Theatre presents two original one-act plays, and promises, among other things, zombies, at the Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $15. Eldritch Theatre’s Madhouse Variations is an adults-only puppet show, based on works by H.P. Lovecraft, E.T.A. Hoffman, and Algernon Blackwood, and is staged in the dark basement of the Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $22 ($17 for students). Scariest of all, perhaps, is the clown show Spent, in which two bankers wake up one morning to find the global financial crisis has rendered them penniless. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $18 ($15 for students/seniors/artists).
VARIETY: Henri Fabergé has assembled an impressive roster of musicians, comics, and eccentrics to create a “theatrical serialization” of life at Boyce’s Naval Academy. A Hart House monthly residency, video and live performance show how rebellious recruit Fabergé outwits masochistic instructors in his ongoing quest to play cornet in the Feint of Hart Arts College band. Feint of Hart Episode 2 features new guests like Allie Hughes and Matt Folliott, as well as returning performers such as Doldrums and Alex Tindal (whose turns last month are in the Episode 1 recap). Hart House Arbor Room (7 Hart House Circle), doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Bicycles may be quits for now (leaving behind frustrated filmmakers), but their members continue to produce musical goodness. Drew Smith, the most dulcet-toned Bicycles alumnus, is releasing his debut album Gadzooks as Doctor Ew, and he’ll be joined at the CD release by Steve McKay, and The Pinecones. Imperial Public Library (58 Dundas Street East), doors at 9 p.m., $5.