Urban Planner: October 13, 2011
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Urban Planner: October 13, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: prepare for Toronto's sit-in protest; a war art installation (featuring a gigantic gun!) comes to OCAD's Student Gallery; help Harbourfront's monster get its groove back; and a jazz band from Halifax throws an album-release party for its latest effort.

Gypsophilia, a jazz band from Halifax, comes to town for a CD release party. Photo courtesy of Heather Kitching.

PROTEST: The big day is almost here but there’s still a last bit of planning to do before Occupy: Toronto takes off. Activists will be holding a General Assembly meeting to help structure the needs and logistics of the protest, as well as organize the structure of the “occupation.” Come out to meet fellow 99%ers and don’t forget to bring those writing materials. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, U of T (252 Bloor Street West), 5 p.m., FREE.

ART: Usually there is reason for much alarm when you hear that somebody has created a 21-foot AK-47. Fortunately, this blown-up version of the anti-imperialist icon is part of an installation called “Guns and Butter.” Along with the pink lamé weapon, the show hopes to expand the conversation on war and perspectives beyond the military. OCAD University’s Student Gallery (285 Dundas Street West), opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.

PERFORMANCE: After taking over the Harbourfront Centre last weekend, the monsters are back again in an interactive performance for the whole family called “Monster Makers.” The premise is that a scientist can’t get his monster to be monstrous so he needs help from the experts themselves—kids, of course. Exploring the balance between success and failure, the show ultimately leads to an out-of-theatre experience in which the audience is tasked with taking care of the monster as it roams through the Harbourfront Centre site. Harboufront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), runs October 13 to 16, times and ticket prices vary.

MUSIC: Gypsophilia! Some may recognize this name as a type of plant that grows around North America, but if you’re into the indie rock community, you’ll recognize it as the award-winning jazz band from Halifax. Gypsophilia, who recorded their latest project with producer Howard Bilerman (who has worked with some little-known bands named Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, and Stars) is having its album-release party for their new record, Constellation. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 9 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door.

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