Urban Planner: May 30, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 30, 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].

dandyhorse magazine’s latest spread envisions a stretch of Bloor street as a woonerf (Dutch for “residential yard”). Image courtesy of &Co Architects’ Catia Da Silva.

In today’s Urban Planner, John Ralston Saul talks about democracy; Tololwa Mollel’s Tanzanian folktale play gets a reading; The Temple Philharmonic previews for one night only; dandyhorse launches its sixth edition; and U.K. act Friendly Fires plays in Cabbagetown, then DJs in Parkdale.

TALK: In another installment of Parler Fort, a speaking series courtesy of Fort York, celebrated author and academic John Ralston Saul and professor Thabit Abdullah compare how democracy took root in 19th century Canada and present day Middle Eastern nations. The two will discuss how democracy builds bridges (at a site recently denied a bridge of its own—too soon?) Fort York (100 Garrison Road), 7 p.m. doors, $10.
THEATRE: Playwright Tololwa Mollel has already premiered his new folktale story Pullyupullus for an audience, a group of children at St. Josaphat’s Catholic School this past weekend, but tonight’s reading, part of Foundry Theatre‘s monthly series, will be the first for adults. Detour Bar (193 Baldwin Street), 7 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: The Pheasant Plucker’s Mates, a collective of Canadian performance artists, are previewing a new show, The Templeton Philharmonic, one night only tonight, ahead of the show’s premiere run at the Montreal Fringe later this summer. (Tonight’s performance by Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton will serve as a fundraiser to get the new show to La Belle Province.) Annex Live (296 Brunswick Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10.
LAUNCH: dandyhorse magazine, a cycling publication that envisions “streets for people,” launches its sixth edition with a party at the Gladstone tonight, featuring entertainment from Clay and Paper Theatre, dancing with DJ Triple-X, and the raffling off of a Cervin bicycle courtesy of the folks at Opus. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: NME–approved Mercury Prize nominees Friendly Fires are back in town, touring their new album Pala. It’ll be a busy night for the Hertfordshire trio; after their show at the Phoenix, they’ll be heading across town to Parkdale to play a DJ set at Wrongbar. The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), doors at 8 p.m., $20.

UPDATE, 5:40 PM: Unfortunately, Friendly Fires drummer Jack Savidge has been hospitalized due to exhaustion, and both of tonight’s shows have been cancelled.