Urban Planner: October 24, 2011
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Urban Planner: October 24, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: representatives from the ROM, AGO, and Ontario Science Centre talk tech upgrades; Dead Meadow bring psychedelic fuzz to Sonic Boom and Lee's Palace; Kim Cattrall and Eugene Levy talk shop; and the IFOA continues.

Psychadelic rockers Dead Meadow play an in-store at Sonic Boom this afternoon, and a show tonight at Lee's Palace. Photo from the band's website.

DISCUSSION: With advances in technology—both hardware and software, particularly when it comes to social media—museums and public learning centres are under pressure to adapt and innovate. A panel of experts from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Science Centre, and Royal Ontario Museum will discuss how new technology is changing their institutions and others around the world, at The Social, Mobile, New Museum: Harnessing New Technologies in the Museum World, a panel discussion open to the public. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 3:30 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: It’s appropriate that heavy rockers Dead Meadow are coming to town the week before Halloween; after all, the psychadelic outfit initially bonded in the DC grunge scene over their shared appreciation for fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien and horror master H.P. Lovecraft. They’re playing Lee’s Palace tonight with the Black Angels and Spindrift, but first they’ll play an in-store set at Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst Street), 4 p.m., FREE.

TALK: Two Canadian entertainment veterans share their experiences in “the biz” on stage tonight, though the first talk, Kim Cattrall’s In Conversation With… at the Tiff Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, 7 p.m., $18.75) is sold out. The other event with SCTV alum and comedy legend Eugene Levy, Conversations On The Green with Ralph Benmergui, still had a limited number of tickets available at press time, though they were going fast. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front Street East), 7:30 p.m., $36.

IFOA: The weather is cold and miserable, so it’s time to let new books light up your world! The Harbourfront’s annual International Festival of Authors “brings together the best writers of contemporary world literature” and runs from October 19–30. Check out our preview of IFOA 2011 to strike the perfect balance between meeting your authorly idols and discovering new literary loves.

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