Urban Planner: December 23, 2010
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Urban Planner: December 23, 2010

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The Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) in his last silent film, Modern Times, which screens at the Lightbox beginning today. Photo courtesy of the Film Reference Library.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Celebrate today with a holiday craft sale, Charlie Chaplin movies, Christmas movies, and an advance CD release party for Prince Perry and the Gladtones.

CRAFTS: Still don’t have your Christmas gifts yet? SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding. There’s still time to pick up those last-minute items at *Hotshot Gallery’s third annual holiday art show and craft sale, which ends today. Ten local artists will take over the Kensington Market gallery, showcasing their handmade crafts, artwork, photography, clothing, jewellery, and accessories, all of which are available for purchase. So if you’re still looking for the perfect necklace for your hipster sister or a print for your kooky aunt, stop on by! *Hotshot Gallery (181 Augusta Avenue), 11 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: There was a time when the only special effects a movie needed were light, shadows, and glorious faces—none of this Avatar technology or rejuvenated Jeff Bridges nonsense. In 1936, the silent era was coming to an end, as talkies had taken over Hollywood and Technicolor was on its way. Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin‘s last silent film, is both a perfectly named, bittersweet ode to a simpler cinematic era and a hilarious, spot-on satire, as Chaplin’s Little Tramp blusters through the factories and communist rallies of the ’30s, trying to hold a job. Today, the film screens at the Lightbox, preceded by Pay Day, a short Chaplin film from 1922. Bell Lightbox (corner of King and John streets); 12:15 p.m.; $12/regular, $9.50/students and seniors, $7/kids and youth.
FILM: Some might argue that without its movies, Christmas is just a sad shell of a holiday. Luckily, the Bloor Cinema has you covered. Today, the rep theatre will screen three holiday classics, beginning with the 1951 adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ ghost story about Ebenezer Scrooge, the world’s most famous miser. That will be followed by A Christmas Story, the cult classic about little Ralphie’s tireless quest for a BB air rifle. Finally—because Christmas isn’t Christmas without it—the day will cap off with a showing of It’s A Wonderful Life, the touching story of George Bailey who, after discovering what the world would be like without him, realizes he’s the “richest man in town.” Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West); A Christmas Carol: 4:30 p.m., A Christmas Story: 7 p.m., It’s A Wonderful Life: 9 p.m.; $10/regular, $7/members, $5/seniors and kids.
MUSIC: Perhaps better known as a member of Frankie Foo and the Yo Yo Smugglers, local ska and reggae artist Prince Perry has recently broken out on his own, forming Prince Perry and the Gladtones. Tonight, he is holding an advance release party for his new album, Whatever You Can Get Away With. The album, due in January, fuses influences from Perry’s idols, Elvis Costello, Terry Hall, and Joe Strummer, into his trademark ska sound. Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $5.