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Kailey Finkelstein performs “Hare Pie” at MothUP Toronto IX – LOVE & SEX on February 9. Video thanks to Samara Grace.
Today’s Urban Planner wants your grown-up March break to be educational: tell stories about inheritance, meet a special-effects artist, discuss research in your arts practice, and learn about Marcus Garvey.
STORYTELLING: Famed storytelling organization The Moth, founded by novelist George Dawes Green in 1997, offers enthusiasts the opportunity to get involved by hosting a MothUP, wherein participants tell stories, film the results, and send the evidence back to The Moth to be posted online or shared on the radio. Toronto’s No One Writes to the Colonel, a soon-to-be bar named after a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novella, hosts a MothUP tonight on the theme of inheritance. Performances are known to reach capacity, so arrive early. No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
FILM: As we mentioned on Monday, The Revue Cinema is presenting three nights of Bodies of Work: JFK to X-Men (A Special Effects Show and Tell with Gordon Smith). Tonight, pioneering special-effects artist Gordon Smith discusses his work on Oliver Stone’s JFK, including the life-sized effigy of Kennedy he created for the film. Smith examined a wealth of forensic evidence—some of which was not made public—to create the prop, which he calls his Jack In The Box. He will introduce a screening of JFK and discuss the special-effects work he did for the film. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7 p.m., $12 ($10 for members).
ART: The Art Libraries Society of North America (Ontario Chapter) presents Research Intersections Within Practice: Artists and Librarians. The panel discussion will focus on the relationship between research and practice and the role that information professionals play in the creative process, as well as information-gathering strategies for arts professionals. Panelists include Ian Carr-Harris, Lisa Steele, David Poolman, Adam Lauder, Eric Schwab, and Amy Marshall Furness. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $8.
THEATRE: Theatre Archipelago and b current present a multimedia exposé of the life of activist and journalist Marcus Garvey, opening tonight at the Papermill Theatre. Garvey was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, and a proponent of Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism. His influence was incredibly vast, from being an inspiration to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., to being considered a prophet by Rastafari, to having founded some of the largest Black Nationalist organizations in the world. I, Marcus Garvey at Papermill Theatre (67 Pottery Road), 8 p.m., $15–$35.