Urban Planner: April 6, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 6, 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].

Not Far From The Tree volunteers show off a tasty harvest. Photo courtesy of Not Far From The Tree.

In today’s Urban Planner: attend a talk about inspirational architecture partnerships; splurge on a fundaiser dinner featuring sustainable eats and craft brews; celebrate the ghostly new issue of Descant; or watch a play about a May-December relationship gone bad.

TALK: Hosted by the Centre for City Ecology, John Cary will speak tonight about “The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients.” The book, edited by Cary, describes building projects in the U.S. that teamed up non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Planned Parenthood with architecture firms offering their services pro bono. Cary is president and CEO of Next American City, the organization behind the program that facilitates these partnerships, and a former executive director of Public Architecture. Attendees can also check out Triangles: Who Builds Toronto, an exhibit examing the “triangle of influence”—builders, neighbours, and city planners—that shapes what gets built in the city. Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond (401 Richmond Street West), 6 p.m., FREE (RSVP here).
FUNDRAISER: For those looking for a fancy and sustainable feast tonight, the Brewers Plate 2011 will offer great food from local chefs—including Jamie Kennedy, Lora Kirk, and Mark Cutrara (of Cowbell)—along with unlimited tastings of beers by local brewers such Denison’s, Mill Street, and Flying Monkeys. The evening also features live music, auctions, and other entertainment. Proceeds from this year’s Brewers Plate go to Not Far From The Tree, an organization whose volunteers gather fruit from Toronto’s gardens and distribute it to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens. Buy tickets here. Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), 6:15 p.m., $125 (plus service fee).
LITERARY LAUNCH: Literary journal Descant is launching its spring 2011 issue, Ghosts and The Uncanny, tonight. Contributors to the magazine—Richard Rosenbaum, Jennifer Oliver, Kate Cayley, and Daniel Zuckerbrot—will give readings of their work, which includes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction work. Rub elbows with Toronto’s literary community, grab a drink, and enjoy the otherworldly sounds of violinist Phoebe Tsang of the National Ballet of Canada orchestra. George Brown House (186 Beverley Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Previewing tonight and tomorrow night, Molière’s The School for Wives (L’École des femmes) begins a three-week run at Berkeley Street Theatre. The play’s central theme, the controlling relationship between Arnolphe and his young ward, Agnès, is said to draw on Molière’s marriage at the age of 40 to Armande Béjart, who ultimately cheated on and humiliated the playwright. Directed by Diana LeBlanc, The School for Wives will be presented in French, with English subtitles for half of the performances (including tonight’s). Berkeley Street Theatre (Upstairs) (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., PWYC (Wednesdays only).