Urban Planner: January 28, 2011
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Urban Planner: January 28, 2011

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].

Left to right: Ben Clost, Alison Deon, Michael Spasevski, and Terrance Bryant. The Dining Room stays the same, but the overlapping scenes feature different characters from different time periods. Photo by Kristy Kennedy.

In today’s Urban Planner, consume dramatic scenes and Winterlicious treats inspired by the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s; meet the artists behind some of Toronto’s favourite back-alley murals; help local musicians raise funds for worthy charities; experience art and literary criticism in 3D; and check out rhymes by some of the GTA’s best rap artists.

DINNER THEATRE: Down n’ Out’s production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room features a collection of time-shifting scenes set in a stately room that could be in any upper-class American home in the early- to mid-twentieth century. Starting tonight, and for the rest of the evening performances in their run, they’ve partnered with Winterlicious to offer a three-course pre-show meal in another elegant salon at the Campbell House. Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West), 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. play, $49 ($25 without dinner).
GRAFFITI ART: Nearly two dozen local graffiti artists took part in Toronto Graffiti: The Human Behind the Wall, an extensive look at the street art scene in our city, including timelines and histories, legal and safety advice, and, of course, lots of great photos of work around town. Tonight’s book launch will feature many of the profiled artists as guests. The Mascot (1267 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
BENEFIT CONCERT: Gentleman Reg, Hooded Fang, and Kat Burns are just some of the musical acts taking part in the Live Love Large Benefit Concert, a fundraiser for the Friends for Life Bike Rally and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. Hosted by local storytelling paramedic Morgan Jones Phillips, the evening aims to raise fifteen thousand dollars for the charities through ticket sales, live auctions, and a 50/50 draw. Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Avenue), 6:30–11 p.m., $25.
3D PRESENTATION: You can bring your own 3D glasses, if you want; This Is Not a Reading Series, in association with Subtle Technologies, presents “Seeing and Believing: Books, Art and 3D Cinema,” a multimedia presentation by author Laura U. Marks and media artist Willy Le Maitre. The pair will discuss Mark’s book Enfoldment and Infinity, which examines digital art and its Islamic roots, and then present Le Maitre’s Edia, a “real-time media presentation displayed in a 3D stereographic format.” Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m. doors, FREE (lecture and 3D glasses).
RAP: Great nights of live, local rap performances are far too rare in this ‘burg, and this one, the eighth edition of the BackBurner Collective‘s value-packed $5 Rap Show, not only features members of the Toolshed Collective, like Timbuktu and Chokeules, but it also pairs More or Les and Wordburglar, two of Toronto’s wittiest rhyming residents, as the evening’s hosts and MCs. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9 p.m. doors, $5.