Urban Planner: May 5, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 5, 2011

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The lovely and talented Julie Doiron inspires rock girls with her music and through her support of the Girls Rock Camp Toronto. Photo courtesy of Aaron Mackenzie Fraser.

In today’s Urban Planner: view interdisciplinary works of art from more than 500 students at OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, find out how to maximize your green thumb, celebrate some influential books, see some new takes on Shakespeare, and support present and future rock grrls.

ART: OCAD U’s 96th Annual Graduate Exhibition, The Show Off, starts today and runs until May 8. More than 500 students in 12 different undergraduate programs will showcase their eclectic mix of artworks, ranging from painting to advertising to material art and design. There’s bound to be something to impress even the staunchest art skeptics. Sharp Centre for Design, OCAD University (100 McCaul Street), 6:30 p.m., PWYC.
LECTURE: The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority presents a lecture on Growing Beautiful Gardens and Native Plants as part of its ongoing Green Programs. Learn how to develop your own green thumb, create a stunning garden easily with regional plant selections, effectively manage their growth, and make the most of your space. Bloor Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
READING: A joint party will be held tonight to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Groundwork Guides, a series of publications dedicated to presenting contemporary political and social issues to high school students, and the launch of Richard Swift’s new title, Gangs, a Groundwork Guide about the explosion of gang culture amongst youths all over the world. Jet Fuel (519 Parliament Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Shakespeare Toronto brings you Double Falsehood: A Staged Reading, which presents an 18th-century play that is believed to be an adaptation of a lost Shakespearean play with all of his classic themes of love, lust, and betrayal. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $7–$10 (with a dollar from each ticket to be donated to Japan Relief).
THEATRE: Another option tonight for Bard fans is Crookback: An Adaptation of Richard III, which was the result of writer Tim Welham’s attempts to get into the head of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious villains. The end product is an exciting one-man play that chronicles the titular character’s ultimate demise in his attempt to succeed to the throne. Crookback opens tonight and runs until May 15. Unit 102 Theatre (46 Noble Street), 8 p.m., $15.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: The Gramercy Riffs, Julie Doiron, and Kat Burns of Forest City Lovers will be playing a show with all proceeds going to support Girls Rock Camp Toronto. The day camp for girls ages eight to 16 years gives them the opportunity to hone their rock-star skills by learning about songwriting and performing. See some awesome music and be proud that you’re helping to inspire the dreams of future rock stars. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $12.
HOT DOCS: Toronto’s annual celebration of documentary films has about 200 of them to choose from. To help you hit the hits and skip the misses, we’ve reviewed most of the feature-length films, and compiled them all for you in our oh-so-handy Hot Docs hub.