Urban Planner: June 8, 2011
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Urban Planner: June 8, 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].

David Rokeby’s Long Wave installation in Brookfield Place, for Luminato 2009. Photo by Squeakyrat from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Today in Toronto: check out an art installation for Luminato that’s open early, network with fellow social media aficionados, listen to authors at the Harbourfront Centre talk about gardening and urban renewal, and catch a tribute to jazz musician Gil Evans.

ART: Luminato’s official opening isn’t until June 10, but some events just can’t wait to get started. The Philip Beesley Architect Inc. installation Sargasso opens today in Brookfield Place. The installation “combines visionary design with high-tech digital engineering to turn an everyday public space into a world of wonder.” Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place (181 Bay Street), June 8–18, all day, FREE.
NETWORK: If you’re interested in social media and want a chance to step away from the computer screen and meet face to face, then head over to the Social Media Cafe tonight. The event concept comes from similar meet-ups around the globe, and tonight will be Toronto’s first chance to try it out. The informal evening is not just for social media professionals; anyone interested in the topic is invited to join in the coffee drinking and chatting. Tequila Bookworm, second floor (512 Queen Street West), 5:30 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: Authors at Harbourfront Centre brings its 37th season to a close this month with a full lineup of award-winning authors. Tonight’s event will feature short-story writer Julie Booker reading from Up Up Up; renowned Toronto architect Ken Greenberg sharing his new memoir, Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder; and Merilyn Simonds presenting her latest work, A New Leaf, a book about her passion for gardening. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $10 (FREE for members, students and people 25 and under).
MUSIC: The Toronto Jazz Orchestra is paying tribute to Toronto-born Gil Evans tonight with a performance of music from Miles Ahead, the collaboration between Gil Evans and Miles Davis recorded in 1957. Canadian trumpeter and Jazz Trumpeter of the Year winner Kevin Turcotte will be the evening’s featured soloist. The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8:00 p.m., $20.