Urban Planner: March 8, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 8, 2011

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David Fujino as David Henry Hwang’s father in the playwright’s semi-autobiographical show Yellow Face. Photo courtesy of Hart House Theatre.

Today in Toronto: some of the city’s top chefs celebrate International Women’s Day, several Roncy writers discuss their neighbourhood, and playwright David Henry Hwang discusses Yellow Face.

FOOD: Today marks the centenary of International Women’s Day, and to celebrate this milestone, women’s advocacy group Sistering is throwing a feast. A collection of Toronto’s finest female chefs will host Kitchen Sisters, an evening of fine food and wine pairings, to raise money for the organization’s new kitchen. In collaboration with “food sleuth” Marion Kane and Lynn Crawford of Pitchin’ In, the evening will bring together such culinary talents as Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, top caterer Christine Bib, Frank‘s Anne Yarymowich, and many more. Tickets may be steep, but the four-course menu is splendid and the cause a good one. Independent donations can also be made here. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Avenue), 6 p.m., $500.
WORDS: Every neighbourhood tells a story, and Toronto’s iconic Polish district is no exception. Tonight author Andrew Borkowski will be leading Writing Roncesvalles, a literary panel exploring the history of his home ‘hood with fellow scribes Pat Capponi, Ray Robertson, and Eva Stachniak. Seating is limited, so be sure to come by early for this rousing Roncy roundtable. High Park Public Library (228 Roncesvalles Avenue), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre finishes its 2010/11 season with a staging of Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s semi-autobiographical cultural comedy Yellow Face. The story follows Hwang himself as the protagonist, a self-important firebrand of the Asian community who winds up accidentally casting a Caucasian actor in an Asian role. While the performance bears many elements of farce, it is also a satirical look at interpretations of race and patriotism, as well as a touching exploration of Hwang’s relationship with his late father. While the play runs until March 12, tonight Hart House is offering a special treat: a conversation with the playwright himself. Hwang will be interviewed by fu-GEN Artistic Director David Yee as part of the Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., $10 adult, $5 students, seniors, and arts workers.