Urban Planner: February 18, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 18, 2011

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Make Your Exit covers a song by Zeus with kazoos, hand shakers, and acapella gusto. Video courtesy of Southern Souls.
In today’s Urban Planner, Metrolinx is urged to go electric, black writers discuss what happened to the spark, The Rock and the Knighthawks joust for supremacy, Divisadero‘s closing weekend is a hot ticket, and local bands try plugged and unplugged at the ‘Shoe.

DEMONSTRATION: Metrolinx will officially decide whether to proceed with the purchase of diesel trains for its future rail link between Pearson Airport and Union Station this week, and the Clean Train Coalition is continuing to do everything in its power to see the proposed deal canceled—hence, this morning’s demonstration. While Metrolinx has made vague promises about switching to electric trains at a later date, the Coalition wants them to start with the more environmentally friendly engines. 20 Bay Street, 8:30 a.m., FREE.
DISCUSSION: Three local black authors are convening a panel discussion, five days after Valentine’s, to ask some difficult questions about romance and relationships in a special event titled Where Is The Love? Helena Andrews, Dalton Higgins, Kayla Perrin, and moderator Sharon Lewis will tackle controversial views on why mature black women are twice as likely as women of other races to be divorced or separated, according to a 2009 Yale University study. Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm Street), 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. panel discussion, $10.
SPORTS: A Toronto sports team ranking amongst the top in their league is always newsworthy. The Toronto Rock face the Rochester Knighthawks tonight in a lacrosse battle for first in division, something that’s two wins away for the suddenly hot ‘Hawks. For the Rock, their unbroken winning streak at home is on the line; those lacrosse sticks are going to be beaten to splinters by the end of the evening. Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street), 7:30 p.m., $15–$25.
THEATRE: Our reviewer had mixed feelings about Necessary Angel‘s theatrical adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero, but audiences have been flocking to the play, which features, mixed in with Canadian stage stalwarts, the professional stage debuts of musician Justin Rutledge and film actress Liane Balaban. Tonight and tomorrow night’s shows are technically sold out, though there may be some last-minute rush tickets available; a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee has been added as well. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $30.
MUSIC: Make Your Exit headlines an evening of local rock ‘n’ roll at the ‘Shoe tonight. The group recently appeared in their second Southern Souls video, performing an acapella (and kazoo) cover of a Zeus song, with help from friends including members of The Strumbellas, who open tonight’s bill. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), first set at 9:30 p.m., $7.