Urban Planner: November 15, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 15, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: Learn about liquor at the Spadina Museum, listen to ROM curator Justin Jennings talk about the rise and fall of Mayan rulers, check out indie singer Lykke Li at the Sound Academy, and watch Haley McGee will present her work at Play Reading Week.

Haley McGee in Oh My Irma. Photo by Aviva Armour-Ostroff.

TALK: All month long the Spadina Museum is presenting a salon-style speaker series. Tonight’s edition looks at Ontario’s unique liquor sales system, including how the sometimes-maligned system developed since Prohibition. The talk will feature author Dr. Mariana Valverde and Kathy Klas from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road), 7 p.m., $12.

TALK: In advance of the opening of the new ROM exhibit Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, the ROM is hosting a lecture with curator Dr. Justin Jennings to look at the rise and fall of the sacred rulers of the Maya. Jennings will explore the collapse of Mayan cities and the lessons for today’s world. Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m., $21–$23.

MUSIC: Swedish indie singer Lykke Li comes to the Sound Academy stage in Toronto tonight. She’ll be promoting her latest album, Wounded Rhymes, which has been getting positive reviews and has been called a “weird-pop gem—torchy love songs that nod to ’60s hits but are stretched into all kinds of shapes.” Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 8 p.m., $30.

THEATRE: Yesterday marked the start of Play Reading Week at Tarragon Theatre. The event features six writers from Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit and the week represents a culmination of a year’s worth of work as professional actors read each of the authors’ plays. Tonight, you can hear a play from up-and-coming playwright Haley McGee, whose solo show we reviewed at the beginning of the year. Her work, Everyday Neurotics, is about six “lost souls” living communally and taking therapy together. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.

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