Urban Planner: January 17, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 17, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: Stop by the Toronto Reference Library for a talk with international best-selling author Sara Paretsky, Dancemakers is presenting a festival of duets with three different programs, and Toronto band Hands & Teeth is hitting the Horseshoe stage.

Toronto band Hands & Teeth. Photo by Courtney Lee Yip.

LITERATURE: Best-selling author Sara Paretsky will sit down with the Toronto Star’s James Grainger tonight to talk about her newest thriller, Breakdown. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first novel where she introduced her famous protagonist, V. I. Warshawski, and her work with the character has been attracting strong critical praise for years. Register online in advance to reserve your spot. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

DANCE: Nine days of duets are coming to the Toronto stage courtesy of Dancemakers’ TWOBYFOUR festival. The festival of duets includes three separate programs, each running for three days. Tonight, Program 1 features George Stamos and Dany Desjardins in Liklik Pik, a story about the animal power of the human body, evoking the tale of a pig, “following imaginative impulses and convergent queer tangents along the way.” Distillery District, The Cannery Building 58, Studio 313 (55 Mill Street), 8 p.m., $20–$60.

MUSIC: If you’re in the mood for a little indie pop, then head over to the Horseshoe Tavern tonight. Toronto band Hands & Teeth are releasing their first full-length album, Hunting Season, which is a follow-up to their debut EP, Enjoy Your Lifestyle. The five-member group has had a busy year travelling across the province and to Quebec, including performances at POP Montreal, NXNE, and Canadian Music Week with an upcoming showcase at SXSW on the radar for March. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 11 p.m., FREE.

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