Urban Planner: April 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 25, 2011

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Actor Rick Roberts, seen here in character as a federal politician, is taking part in tonight’s Wrecking Ball 12: Are You Dying to Vote?, an evening of politically inspired theatre. Photo by Ben Roberts.

In today’s Urban Planner: spend your (possibly free) day taking in free art criticism lectures, and your evening paying tribute to a Canadian film pioneer, seeing of-the-moment politically inspired theatre at the Wrecking Ball, or laughing at the denizens of Utopia while they scheme, fight, and love—awkwardly.

LECTURE: Schools, government offices, and some LCBO outlets are closed today, so some folk have an even longer weekend. If that describes you, you’re free to head down to Ontario College of Art and Design University after lunch and check out the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Colloquium, an afternoon of lectures by graduating OCADU students in the CRCP program, on such diverse topics as performance art, mass produced design, and Kitchener public architecture. OCAD University (room 240, 100 McCaul Street), 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m., FREE.
MEMORIAL: Veteran Canadian actress Cayle Chernin, best known for her starring role in the seminal hoser Canuck film Goin’ Down the Road, passed away this winter, keeping her illness secret from many until after filming had wrapped on Down the Road Again, the four-decades-later sequel. A memorial is being held in her honour tonight, featuring a sneak peek at her upcoming final film, and tributes from her friends and colleagues. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., by donation.
THEATRE: The Wrecking Ball performances, and the many creative collaborators who take part in them, thrive in an atmosphere of charged political intrigue. With the federal election a week away, they surely have plenty of grist for the mill for Wrecking Ball #12: Are You Dying to Vote?. Confirmed contributing writers include Sean Dixon, Jean Yoon, and Marcus Youssef; our illustrious, majority-seeking, contempt-inducing current PM will even be part of the evening’s proceedings (on video, anyway). The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: The National Theatre of the World‘s weekly improvised comedic soap opera continues tonight, with twists and turns abounding in the 12th episode of The Soaps. The town of Utopia’s fortune-making soap mines have been fully tapped, and with the suds no longer flowing, the scheming members of the Rechérché family and their hangers-on will resort to increasingly dirty and desperate tactics to seize control of the disputed family fortune. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.