Urban Planner: February 3, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 3, 2011

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The rabbit knows its year is beginning today! Photo by Phil Marion from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

In today’s Urban Planner: Celebrating Chinese New Year with art about bunnies, as well as art about relationships and how they cause us to act like bunnies in heat; a live instrumental performance while you shop for new music; and an expert tells us stories about the landmarks and physical networks of the city.

ART: To celebrate Chinese New Year and the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, PROOF Studio Gallery is hosting Year of the Rabbit, an exhibit with more than 130 traditional prints by artists from all over the world. These include hand-printed etchings, lithographs, drypoint, silk screens, lino-block, woodblock, embossed, and monoprints all inspired by the animal of the year. The opening will also feature fortune cookies and other Chinese treats. PROOF Studio Gallery, Distillery District (55 Mill Street), opening reception 6 p.m–9 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Kat Sandler presents LOVESEXMONEY, a tale about a young woman who sells her virginity online, causing a chain reaction of others questioning the nature and idea of love and ownership, in a world where everything is available—for a price. The preview is tonight and runs until February 13. Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street), 2:30 p.m. $15–$25.
ART: What is love? We all wonder about attraction, relationships, and how relationships work—or what happens when they do not. RELATIONS is a group exhibition, curated by Phil Anderson, that attempts to answer these questions through all types of media and disciplines of art. It explores the complex and mysterious dynamics of what draws us to partner with someone else. The show runs until February 28. Cell & Process Galleries, Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), 1 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Local instrumental post-rockers Do Make Say Think kick off their first show of the year with a free in-store performance at Annex record shop Sonic Boom (who really like hosting in-stores). If you missed the band’s last show at the Drake Underground in December, this is your chance to hear some new tracks from their upcoming album. Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE (with a mandatory food bank donation).
READING: Shawn Micallef, senior editor of Spacing Magazine, writer for Eye Weekly, and co-founder of Murmur (a location-based mobile phone documentary project), speaks about his book Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, which details the unknown geography of our city. Striving to figure out the nuances and layout of the city since he moved here in 2000, Micallef describes himself as a flâneur, someone who wanders the city with the sole intention of observing it. The book is filled with essays, stories, and sketches from someone who knows the city inside and out. Annette Library (145 Annette Street), 8:15 p.m., FREE.