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PhD Cultural Studies student (and photographer) Jeffrey Douglas’s Anecdote of the Jugs is part of his exhibit, open to the public all day today, as part of the Literatures of Modernity Symposium at Ryerson University.
In today’s Urban Planner, examine modernity through literature and art; have your arts-loving voice heard at City Hall; see the first ever reading of Keith Barker’s new play, The Hours That Remain; and help raise funds for Red Cross efforts in Japan.
LITERATURE/ART: Ryerson University’s grad students in the English and Cultural Studies program are playing host to an all-day Literatures of Modernity symposium, which is free to the public (though registration is encouraged). The accompanying artwork exhibit opens early, and events and meetings will take place throughout the day; highlights include a 1:15 p.m. keynote address by the Toronto Star‘s Christopher Hume, and a closing reception at 7:15 p.m. Heaslip House (297 Victoria Street), 8:30 a.m–6:30 p.m., closing reception at 7:15 p.m., FREE.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: The City’s first spate of public consultations about the to-be-revamped Culture Plan took place mostly in suburban areas of the city; the first of two downtown meetings gets underway tonight. Councillor and Economic Development Committee chair Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre), and Creative Capital Initiative co-chair Robert Foster will both be in attendance to listen to your views on how the City can better support and promote the arts in Toronto. Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers (100 Queen St. West), 6–8:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Keith Barker, an actor who closed Native Earth & Red Diva’s Tombs of the Vanishing Indian yesterday, has written a new play entitled The Hours That Remain, about a woman still haunted (perhaps more than figuratively) by the disappearance of her sister. Foundry Theatre‘s monthly workshop series is giving it its first public reading tonight. Detour Bar (193 Baldwin Street), 7 p.m., PWYC
BENEFIT: The weekly Hard Times at the Hard Luck comedy showcase is donating all funds raised this week to the Red Cross’s efforts in Japan, which suits their improv troupe headliners, Big in Japan, to a T. other guests include Parker and Seville, several stand-ups, and a few surprises courtesy of the lottery slots. Hard Luck Bar (812 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.