In today's Urban Planner: a dance party grooves for the right to freedom of expression, geometry overtakes a unique art installation, Go Radio comes to town for a night of indie rock, and a lecture on how to utilize public space to stage a more effective protest.
CHARITY DANCE: With uprisings recently sweeping all parts of the globe, there’s no better time to call on governments to respect human rights. Specifically, Amnesty International is calling on governments to respect the right to freedom of expression and the right to enjoy the arts. Dance for Justice 2011 is a night of doing just that—dancing so others around the world can enjoy the arts without being persecuted for doing so. Dances range from belly dancing to tap to African to Hip Hop. Time to get your boogie on! Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), 6:45 p.m., $30.
ART: Though many of us try to escape math and geometry when heading to the art gallery, a new installation hopes to merge the two. The Reef, one of the latest projects to come out of the upART Contemporary Art Fair 2011, is a textile art and painted paper sculpture. The artists, collaborative duo Happy Sleepy, hope to explore the role of geometry in bridging the gap between the material world and the world of ideas. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Florida rock quartet Go Radio are making a splash at the Phoenix in support of their debut album, Lucky Street. The band, which has an indie/pop sound, managed to break into the Billboard Top 200 as well as landing at the 18th spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The night also includes acts Yellowcard and Every Avenue. The Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 7 p.m., $30.50.
PUBLIC SPACE: After a while, sitting in the middle of busy intersections only serves as an annoying distraction for commuters and the political message can fade. A crowd arranging itself to form a human 99 per cent sign? Now, that image sticks with people. As Occupy Toronto approaches the end of its second week, the timing couldn’t be better for Playful Interventions, a lecture on the topic of public-space protesting—teaching the community how to peacefully disrupt public space in a creative and engaging manner. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle). 7 p.m., FREE.
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