Urban Planner: May 10, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 10, 2011

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Dairy Queen says let them eat cake… before it melts! Image by Chloe Cushman.

Today in Toronto: a record-breaking ice cream cake from our beloved Queen, a new anthology about life-changing phrases, an examination of Stars’ new album, and a play from India’s reigning poet laureate.

EATS: Move over Duchess Kate and your fancy wedding, it’s time for a new monarch to take the spotlight: the right venerable Dairy Queen. To celebrate her 30th birthday our beloved confectionery queen shall be attempting to break a Guinness World Record—and not for something silly like “most photographed kiss.” No, she’s aiming for the world’s largest ice cream cake, with the goal being a colossal 21,000-pound Oreo delight created on site at Yonge-Dundas Square for her beloved subjects to enjoy. Come on down and enjoy a slice before it melts into the world’s largest sticky mess of sugary goo. Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Square East), 12–2 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: There are certain phrases that can turn a woman’s world completely upside down, and most of them are examined in the new non-fiction anthology He Said What?. Editor Victoria Zackheim will be joined by fellow contributor Dianne Rinehart, storytelling group 10 ½ Stories, and musical guest Erika Werry for a This Is Not A Reading Series launch event this evening. Attendees are of course encouraged to bring their own anecdotes involving earth-shattering comments. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 or free with book purchase.
MUSIC: The Polaris Music Prize continues its innovative book club for music lovers this evening with the fourth installment of the Polaris Record Salon. On this evening’s docket is the Stars album The Five Ghosts, presented by Tabassum Siddiqui and featuring an interview with lead singer and songwriter Torq Campbell. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m., interview at 8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Pleiades Theatre contributes to the Year of India in Canada with the Canadian premiere of Rabindranath Tagore‘s The Post Office, on the centennial of its creation. The touching story follows an incurably ill and immobile child who longs for contact with the world beyond his courtyard, and whose imagination is fuelled by stories from those who pass by his gate. The new translation by Julie Mehta will feature music and dance as well as elegant prose, in the traditions of Indian theatre. Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $12–$35.