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In today’s Urban Planner: flutes and whistles accompany the launch of Montreal-set novel River City; Adam Nayman lectures at the Miles Nadal JCC about Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier; My Morning Jacket plays Kool Haus; and the Toronto Fringe Festival continues.
READING: The latest of the successful John Farrow novels (penned by Trevor Ferguson under the Farrow pseudonym) is set in Montreal, and spans four centuries. For tonight’s launch of River City, Ferguson will read excerpts accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Dave Gossage, who will employ all the bells and whistles (well, all his) to accentuate the reading. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Adam Nayman, film critic for the Grid, is lecturing every Monday in July on controversial directors, and tonight’s enfant terrible is Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier. Von Trier was recently unceremoniously booted from the Cannes International Film Festival for making off-colour jokes about the Holocaust, though we suspect Nayman will focus more on the director’s body of work, like the deeply disturbing Antichrist. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., $12 ($6 students.)
MUSIC: Veteran southern roots-rockers (and hirsute men) My Morning Jacket roll into town tonight for an all-ages show at Kool Haus, touring their latest album, Circuital. For every stop on the tour, the band is donating a dollar of the ticket price to charity, and Toronto’s designated charity is St. Stephen’s Community House. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), 7 p.m. doors, $42.
FRINGE: Want to see more of what Fringe has to offer? Check out our preview to track down the best of the fest; 11 of the shows we previewed have performances today.