Urban Planner: September 28, 2011
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Urban Planner: September 28, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: watch a documentary about a couple who embarked on an adventure to trace the footsteps of Farley Mowat; street artist Roadsworth is launching a book featuring his work and will be on stage for a Q&A; and Ed the Sock is getting roasted—a la Charlie Sheen—as part of the Dark Comedy Festival.

Street art by Roadsworth from the documentary Roadsworth: Crossing the Line. Courtesy of the National Film Board.

FILM: Famous author and conservationist Farley Mowat has taught many Canadians about the wonders of the North through his books. Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison were so inspired by the author that they set out to retrace his steps. With their son and dog in tow, the couple set out on a 5,000-kilometre adventure, which involved “trekking, sailing, portaging and paddling from the Prairies to the Maritimes.” Their journey is chronicled in a documentary called Finding Farley and you can catch it tonight as part of NFB Mediatheque’s Free Favourites at Four series. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 4 p.m., FREE.

LITERATURE: If you have ever roamed the streets of Montreal and stumbled upon some interesting street art, you may have come across the work of Roadsworth. The artist—whose real name is Peter Gibson—is known for his stencil art, and his clashes with local politicians were well documented in the film Roadsworth: Crossing the Line. Tonight, This Is Not A Reading Series is hosting a book launch for Roadsworth’s self-titled first book, which features more then 450 reproductions of his work. The night will also include a Q&A with Globe and Mail art critic R.M. Vaughan and Roadsworth himself. The Gladstone Hotel Ball Room (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 (FREE with purchase of book).

COMEDY: If you watched TV in the ’90s, you’re likely familiar with Ed the Sock. Tonight, the inaugural edition of the Dark Comedy Festival is hosting a roast of the famous puppet, featuring Teddy Wilson, Steve Anthony, Katherine Curtis, and Ron Sparks. Part of the proceeds will go to the Mike DeStefano Foundation and the festival itself is on until October 2. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $20–$25.


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