Urban Planner: March 1, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 1, 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].

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Michael Healey and Peggy Baker fuse dance and theatre in Are You Okay. Photo by John Lauener.

Today in Toronto: an open house to discuss new routes for Liberty Village, an art installation born from conversations with ex-convicts, and a dance/theatre piece on the betrayal of the body.

INFRASTRUCTURE: The opening of the Dufferin Underpass was one step towards addressing the accessibility headaches caused by railroad tracks running through our city centre, but there are still further problems to solve. This afternoon there will be a public open house to discuss three proposals for the Parkdale/Liberty Village area, including Dufferin Street bridges, a pedestrian/cyclist link through the CN/CP railway corridor, and a new street that would run east-west along the southern border of Liberty Village. At this point in the assessments public consultation is key, so come on down and lend your voice to the further development of one of Toronto’s fastest-developing neighbourhoods. Liberty Noodle (171 East Liberty Street), 4:30–8 p.m., FREE.
ART: Whatever artist Robin Pacific is up to—be it projecting messages of mourning in Yonge-Dundas Square or giving away her entire book library—it’s a reasonable bet that it’ll be innovative and thought-provoking. Her latest installation, Remember Me, which explores the nature of punishment and rehabilitation in our prison system, is no exception. Pacific met with twelve former prisoners at the Keele Street Community Correctional Centre and asked them each two questions: 1) How do you want to be remembered? 2) If you were going to leave a gift for someone, what would it be? Their insightful answers have been silkscreened onto paper and displayed in the City Hall Rotunda, along with their gifts as painted by Brian and Glen Anthony. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held this evening. City Hall Rotunda (100 Queen Street West), exhibit from 7:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m., reception from 6–8 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker has teamed up with award-winning playwright Michael Healey to create a kinetic new theatre/dance performance, Are You Okay. Presented in association with Necessary Angel Theatre (who recently brought us the stage adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero), the performance explores both the beauty and failings of one’s own body as it ages. See the ineffably charming artists discuss their work in this video. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $15.

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