Urban Planner: October 19, 2011
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Urban Planner: October 19, 2011

Today in Toronto: the International Festival of Authors kicks off 12 days of literary fun, see a new play about a Thanksgiving dinner, listen to artist David Hockney talk about his iPad and iPhone art exhibit at the ROM, and hear the Wooden Sky preview some new songs at the Dakota Tavern.

The cast of The Dinner. Photo by Alberto Diamante.

FESTIVAL: One of the city’s best annual literary events, the International Festival of Authors, is finally here. The 32nd edition of the festival will feature almost 200 authors and more than 70 events over a period of 12 days. Today’s activities include the PEN Canada fundraiser with designer Bruce Mau. There are various locations, but many events take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), various start times, prices vary.

THEATRE: Halloween costumes have replaced Thanksgiving decorations in store windows, but you can relive the yummy fall holiday at a play opening tonight in Toronto. The Dinner tells the story of eight friends coming together for the occasion, with tensions between the guests running high. The show runs nightly from today to October 22 and again from October 25–29. St Vladimir Institute (620 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $15–$20.

ART: Renowned British artist David Hockney joins curator Charlie Scheips for a discussion about his current exhibition in the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, “David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers: Drawings on the iPhone and iPad.” The exhibition is Hockney’s first major one in Canada in more than 20 years. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park) 7 p.m., $36–$40.

MUSIC: The Wooden Sky is set to play the Dakota Tavern tonight to showcase material from its upcoming album, due out in 2012. The band is known for some of its unorthodox shows, including a campfire tour across Canada and a singalong in the streets of Toronto. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m., FREE.

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