Urban Planner: February 1, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 1, 2012

Today in Toronto: Say hello to February with a trip to the Brockton Writers Series, TIFF kicks off its new Science on Film series, Sam Shepard's production of The God Of Hell hits the stage at Unit 102 Theatre, and brush up on your French at Théâtre français de Toronto’s presentation of Zone.

Jean Stéphane Roy's production of Zone. Photo by Sylvain Sabatié.

LITERATURE: Get your February jump-started with a trip to the Brockton Writers Series to see readings by four authors. Today’s edition includes Koom Kankesan talking about his first novella, Maria Meindl sharing her essay from an anthology on death, Jeffrey Round speaking about his newest book, Lake on the Mountain, and Suzanne Sutherland reading from her first book, When We Were Good. St. Anne’s Church (270 Gladstone Avenue), 7 p.m., PWYC.

FILM: Science nerds rejoice! Starting today, TIFF is launching a new ‘edu-tainment’ inspired film series called Science on Film. Each feature in the series—which runs in six installments between now and June—will include the screening of a film and a discussion with a notable guest about the science and technology-related subjects from the movie. The discussions will be moderated by Jay Ingram from Discovery Channel. On tap for tonight is the movie Best in Show and a chat with Dr. Pamela Reid who specializes in animal behaviour and learning. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7 p.m., $35 for single tickets, $180 for the entire series.

THEATRE: The Republican primaries are in full swing in the United States and if you’re into that sort of thing, Sam Shepard’s newest play is the ticket for you. The God of Hell was written as a response to 9/11 and is described by Shepard as “a take-off of Republican fascism,” about two small town dairy farmers in a showdown over free will vs. conformity. The production stars Luis Fernandes, Jesse Ryder Hughes, David LaFontaine, and Jenny Westoby, and is playing Wednesday to Saturday both this week and next. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 8 p.m., $12–$15.

THEATRE: If you’re looking to brush up on those French skills without using a Rosetta Stone CD, consider dropping by Théâtre français de Toronto’s presentation of Zone by Marcel Dubé. The story is an exploration of misdirected youth. It’s about a group of young people, who smuggle cigarettes in the slums of 1950s Montreal. The show—directed by Jean Stéphane Roy—previews tonight and tomorrow and continues until February 12. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $28–$57.

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