Urban Planner: November 3, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 3, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: attend an art exhibition that uses marble from a downtown skyscraper, a group of artists explore the effect of technology on society, celebrate the release of Juno-nominated Treasa Levasseur's latest CD, and get your geek on for a talk on dark-matter science.

"Twilight" is part of an exhibition that uses recycled marble from First Canadian Place. Photo courtesy of Laurie Lockhart.

ART: There is no greater shame in seeing something as beautiful as marble, also a precious natural resource, thrown away when buildings are renovated. Enter local artist Francisco Castro Lostalo, who has recycled a few blocks of marble for his latest exhibition, “Kaleidoscope.” The marble that eventually became the base for his sculptures comes from downtown skyscraper First Canadian Place. Leonardo Galleries (133 Avenue Road), opening reception tonight (runs to November 12), 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., FREE.

ART: All the art students in the house, who had the phrase “the medium is the message” ingrained into your skulls, raise your hands up! A group of new media artists have come together, thanks to the wise words of Marshall Mcluhan, for “The Message”—a video and photo exhibition that explores the effects of technology on society. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street W.), opening reception tonight (runs to November 13), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: In the mood for some old-school blues? Check out Juno-nominated artist Treasa Levasseur, who’s holding a launch party for her latest effort, Broad. While primarily written by Levasseur herself, the CD also contains covers of Randy Newman and Neil Young. The show, which includes performances by some of the other artists who appear on the CD, is an early one that starts right on time, so don’t be late! Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street W.), 8 p.m., $10 ($20 for CD included).

SCIENCE: Attention lovers of all things “out of this world”! Nerd Nite Toronto is hosting a double presentation with two special guests. First up, an aspiring cosmologist will talk about the ever mysterious dark matter of the universe. This talk comes on the heels of the latest Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to scientists who discovered the universe was not only expanding but its expansion is accelerating. Next, “I was a High School DJ” follows the trials and tribulations of a government employee and his unlikely journey to Toronto. TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.

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