Urban Planner: June 2, 2011
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Urban Planner: June 2, 2011

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Trixi Jones in “Tea with Mussolini,” part of the Toronto Burlesque Photography exhibit. Photo courtesy of Craig C. Cochrane.

In today’s Urban Planner: eat some more Italian food with the excuse that it’s Italy’s 150th birthday; check out some dramatic shots of Toronto burlesque performers; appreciate your urban forest; and see an artist’s interpretation of online dating profile pics.

CULTURAL: Celebrate Italy’s 150th birthday with Piazza Italia, an all-day event celebrating all-things Italian at Yonge and Dundas. There will be a tombola and briscola tournament, Italian lessons, music, cooking demonstrations, and, of course, lots of food. Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 11 a.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Local photographer Craig C. Cochrane’s Toronto Burlesque Photography exhibit begins tonight and runs until June 7. With a background in live theatre, a lifelong interest in photography, and a love of the dramatic, he captures vivid images of male and female burlesque performances in both studio and live settings. The live shots were taken at the regularly scheduled Appeteasers show produced by Lucky Minx in various locations in the west end. Liss Gallery (140 Yorkville Avenue), 6:30 p.m., live burlesque vignette performance at 7:30 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests is celebrating 15 years of advocating, protecting, and improving the urban forest with Night of the Forest, a special evening of silent auctions and musical guests including Gentleman Reg, Poplar Pines, and Music in the Barns. The proceeds go towards LEAF’s mandate: keeping Toronto’s 10.2-million trees green and healthy. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., $35.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Online dating sites have definitely become part of mainstream culture. Artist Rob Bos’ show, View Singles In Your Area: Toronto, takes pictures from the dating site Zoosk to create exaggerated portraiture of the way people present themselves online. Gallery West (1332 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.