Urban Planner: January 4, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 4, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: a free screening of a film about the journey of the monarch butterfly; the Next Stage Theatre Festival kicks off; and mesmerizing explorations on World Hypnotism Day.

The cast of Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go. Photo courtesy of the Next Stage Theatre Festival.

FILM: Emmy and Gemini-nominated documentary Four Wings and a Prayer will be playing as part of NFB Mediatheque’s series Free Favourites at Four today. The film—based on the book by Sue Halpern—is about the mysterious journey of monarch butterflies as they migrate from Canada to Mexico. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 4 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: If one of your resolutions is to check out more local theatre this year, then the Next Stage Theatre Festival is starting just in time for you. The twelve-day festival that celebrates local independent theatre talent is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. There are five options in the line-up today, and we’ve conveniently already picked out the most promising-looking shows for your planning convenience. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), various times (6:45 p.m. for Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go), $10–$15.

THE MIND: You are getting very, very sleepy… and it has nothing to do with the fact that you’re really missing that afternoon nap you took every day last week. Today is World Hypnotism Day, which has the goal of removing “myths and misconceptions while promoting the truth and benefits of hypnotism.” Intrigued? You can find out more at the Ontario Hypnosis Centre or the Hypno Healing Institute. Various locations (94 Cumberland Street, Suite 310 and 355 Keele Street), various times, FREE–$25.

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