Urban Planner: January 5, 2011
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Urban Planner: January 5, 2011

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Artist Adrienne Fonda says it all, or maybe nothing at all, in NO MORE WORDS. Photo courtesy of Toronto Fringe Festival.

Today in Toronto: NO MORE WORDS (but more paintings), TIFF funds your fiesta, and a dash of Fringe to hold you over.

ART: Artists Adrienne Fonda and Jean-Philippe Finkelstein, both settled in Toronto by way of Paris, team up (in more ways than one—they’re hitched) to exhibit NO MORE WORDS, a series of abstract paintings with a very self-explanatory title. (If you must, planners, check the picture above for a sneak peak of what you’re in for.) Bonus trivia: it’s the first show of Gallery 1313’s thirteenth year, so expect some festivities, or at least some tasty tidbits. The reception (if you miss today’s official show opening) is tomorrow, and the show runs until January 16. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), Wednesday to Sunday, 1–6 p.m. (through until January 16), FREE.
FILM: If your bank account is running a little post-holiday dry, your pals at the TIFF Bell Lightbox are about to save the day (and, if you’re lucky, a date). Every Wednesday from now and right through February they’ll be showing the complimentary series From Ecstasy to Rapture: 50 Years of the other Spanish Cinema, a retrospective of experimental Spanish cinema. Film buffs can expect their avant-garde fancies to be tickled far beyond the old regulars (Dali, we’re looking at you) with six programs—including two feature-length cult faves—arranged thematically for six weeks of your viewing pleasure. Muchas gracias, TIFF. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Alright, so this one’s a bit of a tease: Toronto Fringe Festival isn’t blowing our minds just yet (see ya soon, July), but they’re the brains behind a sneak mid-winter treat at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. They’re performing eight of the best Fringe productions from both local and international artists, including Canadians Judith Thompson, Hilario Durán, and Ann Powell. Picks include, but aren’t limited to, a detective story told by a broad in a bathtub, a brief history of duelling, and a showdown of a quartet of geniuses. This makes more sense here. (We’ll also have a full set of reviews for you first thing next week.) Factory Theatre Mainspace & Studio (125 Bathurst Street), times vary, $15/evening performance, $12/afternoons.