Urban Planner: Wednesday March 9, 2011
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Urban Planner: Wednesday March 9, 2011

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Broken Social Scene at Harbourfront Centre, July 2009. Photo by Ryan O’Shaughnessy, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

In today’s Urban Planner: film and indie rock combine forces to talk about film and indie rock, Judith Butler talks about Israel, and a new opera talks about sex trafficking.

FILM/MUSIC: Before the madness of CMW gets too overwhelming, catch a screening of Bruce McDonald’s This Movie Is Broken hosted by U of T’s Cinema Studies Student Union. The film combines an indie rock love story and a live recording of a Broken Social Scene concert at Harbourfront. This Movie Is Broken at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM/MUSIC: In related news, catch a Mantler performance at TIFF, and get your indie music fix while sitting down. The Free Screen: Mantler’s Visual Music is a selection of short films from the ’30s through the ’80s, curated by Chris Cummings and followed by a live set. Mantler’s Visual Music at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: We find ourselves in the midst of Israeli Apartheid Week, and today famed author and professor Judith Butler speaks about the cultural and academic boycott of Israel, and the struggle between Jewish identity—which for some presupposes support for Israel—and a desire to speak out against Zionism and actions taken by the Israeli military. Bahen Auditorium at U of T (Room 1160, 40 St. George Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
OPERA: Tapestry New Opera presents a workshop of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G, an opera vérité about a Ukrainian woman caught in a sex trafficking ring and her very complicated relationships—with the Russian who recruited her, and with the Canadian priest whose refugee shelter she finds herself in. Sung in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, Oksana G was commissioned by Tapestry after a fifteen-minute excerpt was performed at Opera To Go in 2006. Tapestry’s Studio (55 Mill Street, Building 58, Studio 315), 7:30 p.m., $25.