Urban Planner: November 24, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 24, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: Amnesty International brings a human rights film festival to Toronto, a book launch and panel discussion on food sovereignty in Canada, a Tony Award–winning play looks at the life of painter Mark Rothko, and a French play tells the tale of a heritage identity crisis.

Jim Mezon as Mark Rothko in Red which opens tonight. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

FILM: Celebrating human rights is as important now as ever before. Amnesty International, now in its 50th year, knows this and invites you to Toronto’s sixth annual Reel Awareness Film Festival. Besides some of the documentaries that promote human rights, there will be guest speakers, panel discussions, opportunities to get involved in an activist role, and more. National Film Board (150 John Street), today to November 27, suggested donation $5.

BOOK LAUNCH/FOOD: What are the ways we can create a stronger, more environmentally friendly framework for agricultural and food models? Food Sovereignty in Canada seeks to answer that question with a book launch that includes a signing and a panel discussion featuring the book’s editors as well as Lauren Baker, coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council. FoodShare (90 Croatia Street), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: At some point in their lives, each great artist struggles to create his or her singular masterpiece. Such is the case of 20th-century painter Mark Rothko in the Tony Award–winning play Red, which is finally coming to Toronto. If you’re looking for an especially freaky way to gain some back story on the artist before you see the play, the company has put together this chilling interactive experience. Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East), today to December 17, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.

THEATRE: This French play has been making waves around the country since it was first produced in 2009. Une maison face au nord (A House Facing North) returns to Toronto for a four-day stint, telling the tale of a couple who struggle to make sense of their heritage, country, and family—all of which are changing before their eyes. The play is presented in French with English surtitles. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), today to November 27th, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.

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