Urban Planner: August 31, 2011
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Urban Planner: August 31, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: take a tour of a sports-themed exhibition, then stretch it out in a yoga class; a poster exhibit based on Krzysztof Kieślowski's films opens today; and two Canadian flicks premiere in the Refocus film series.

Will Oldham in Pioneer. Image courtesy of Pioneer.

EXHIBITION AND YOGA: The Design Exchange is hosting a sports-themed exhibition called Play>Nation that showcases Canadian outdoor and sporting equipment alongside historical examples of sporting equipment used by First Nations peoples and early Canadian settlers. The exhibition features a “myriad of design disciplines, including apparel, industrial design, graphic design, as well as iconic designs.” Today, you can take a tour of the exhibit and then take part in a special yoga class on the trading floor. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 5:15 p.m. tour, 6 p.m. yoga class, $8 (suggested donation).

ART AND FILM: Famed director Krzysztof Kieślowski was known for making great films, including The Three Colours Trilogy, The Decalogue, and The Double Life of Véronique. His films have been turned into movie posters and will be showcased in an exhibition, entitled Kieślowski in Posters: The Films of Krzysztof Kieślowski in World Film Posters, to mark the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 15th anniversary of his death. The exhibition will run until September 10. Steamwhistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Toronto will shortly be consumed by everything TIFF, but you don’t have to wait until September 8 to see Canadian film premieres, because tonight the Refocus film series is unveiling one short film and one feature film. The short film, David Lowery’s Pioneer, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, while Dustin Guy Defa’s Bad Fever was also an official selection at SXSW. Pioneer is about a father “telling a tall and violent tale about an absent mother” to his son, while Bad Fever is a film about loneliness and desolation featuring a man from a small town who lives a monotonous life practicing his stand-up routine until he meets a new and complex woman. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), 8:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. FREE.

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