Urban Planner: March 14, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 14, 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].

In today’s Urban Planner, you can PWYC to… hear John Lorinc talk about subways, write letters with (and to) PALS about tidings of spring, see Short & Sweet film selections, and laugh as Rulers of the Universe fall on Hard Times.

LECTURE: The local chapter of Architecture for Humanity presents guest speaker John Lorinc, who’s written about urban planning and transit for over fifteen years in Spacing, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and other publications. The freelance journalist will be discussing our current transit issues in Toronto, and specifically the feasibility of building subways in and to suburban areas. The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (111 Queen’s Park), 6:30 p.m., PWYC.

CURSIVE: This time last month exactly, we suggested you drop in on the Post A Letter Social Activity Club and send handwritten greetings to a pal of your own. Did you? Did they write back? No? Maybe send a follow-up? Naco Gallery Cafe (1665 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.

SHORTS: First launched in London, U.K., the Short & Sweet Weekly film exhibition series gathers up the best of new, obscure, and classic short films to screen weekly. The series debuted last week here in Toronto, and is quickly building good word of mouth. The programmers’ goal is to make a strong case for the idea of shorts—including cartoons and music videos—as a “critical art form.” No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY Tonight’s weekly comedy and variety show, Hard Times at the Hard Luck, features headlining sketch group Rulers of the Universe, plus improv from Is This Happening? and stand-up by John Hastings, Mary MacDonald, and Morgan Joy. There’s also open slots for both stand-ups and improvisors (via lottery) if you’d like to try something new out yourself; if it doesn’t go well, there’s cheap drink specials in which to take solace. Hard Luck Cafe (812 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.