Urban Planner: May 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 25, 2011

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Head to Yonge-Dundas Square today for the free Lunchtime Live! concert series. Photo by Tanner from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

In today’s Urban Planner: take a break from work and check out a lunchtime concert with Alejandra Ribera at Yonge-Dundas Square, watch as KAMA presents its final benefit reading series of the year with four great authors, listen to famed speaker, author, and poet Maya Angelou, and see veteran singer Maria Muldaur perform at Hugh’s Room.

MUSIC: Need some excitement to break up the monotonous work day? Then mosey on over to Yonge-Dundas Square to check out the Lunchtime Live! free concert series. This week’s concert features Alejandra Ribera, whose style ranges from Latin folk tunes to cabaret songs to alternative pop. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), 12:30–1:30 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: The KAMA Benefit Reading series hosts its final event of the season tonight. The theme of this evening’s event is fiction, and there are four authors on the roster. Giller-nominated author Alissa York will present Fauna; Gregor Robinson, winner of an Edgar Allen Poe Award, will read from Providence Island; award-winning journalist Kate Taylor will showcase her work A Man in Uniform; and best-selling fiction and poetry author Steven Heighton will read from Every Lost Country. Proceeds support World Literacy Canada. Park Hyatt (4 Avenue Road), 6:30 p.m., $60 with $30 tax receipt.
TALK: Often referred to as one of the greatest public speakers of our time, famed author and poet Maya Angelou will speak tonight at Roy Thompson Hall. An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou is presented by the Unique Lives and Experiences series. Roy Thompson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 7:30 p.m., $40–$95.
MUSIC: A veteran of “Americana” music, Maria Muldaur visits Toronto tonight to preview material from two new recording projects. In her first appearance in Toronto since 2009, Muldaur’s set will also feature songs from some of the 36 albums she’s recorded since 1963. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $32.50–$35.