Urban Planner: May 18, 2011




Urban Planner: May 18, 2011

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The Barr Brothers. Photo by Mike McNamara.

In today’s Urban Planner: short films galore by Kazik Radwanski and Antoine Bourges, a conversation with James Frey, a posthumous tribute to author and poet Daniel Jones, and a performance by the Barr Brothers.

FILM: It’s a short film extravaganza this evening at the Royal Cinema with films by Toronto-based director Kazik Radwanski and Vancouver-based director Antoine Bourges, courtesy of Medium Density Fibreboard Films (MDFF), Radwanski’s production company with partner Dan Montgomery. Tonight’s event will showcase the films Assault, Princess Margaret Blvd., Out in that Deep Blue Sea, and Green Crayons, and Bourges will feature his 2010 film Woman Waiting. The films have received recognition at festivals including Slamdance, Uppsala, Krakow, and Edinburgh. Read our interview with Radwanski here. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 7:00 p.m., $8–$10.
LITERATURE: James Frey—yes, he who will forever be known for that Oprah controversy—will be visiting Indigo tonight to chat with CEO Heather Reisman about his new book, The Final Testament Of The Holy Bible. The book reimagines the Messiah as a present-day New Yorker. A book signing will follow the event. Indigo Manulife (55 Bloor Street West), 7:00 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: A tribute to honour deceased Toronto poet and novelist Daniel Jones is taking place tonight at The Shop. The evening will celebrate the launch of two new editions of the author’s work: The Brave Never Write Poetry, a poetry collection published in 1985, and 1978, a novel published posthumously. There will be readings from numerous authors, including Ken Babstock, Jeffrey Canton, Nathaniel G. Moore, Damian Rogers, and Liz Worth. The Shop (1566 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Barr Brothers, a unique group comprised of brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, pump-organ player Andres Vial, and harpist Sarah Page, play their first full set in Toronto at the Dakota Tavern tonight. The band, who recently performed at Canadian Music Week with their “stripped-down acoustic folk sound,” will play songs from their self-titled first album, including “Beggar in the Morning.” Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10:00 p.m., $10.

CORRECTION: May 18, 2011, 11:39 AM This post originally incorrectly had an “F” as Nathaniel G. Moore’s middle initial. We regret the error.