Urban Planner: February 15, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 15, 2012

Today in Toronto: talk about transit with a panel of experts, catch a play all about beauty, break out your best dance moves in the middle of the street, and watch a flick about nuclear waste.

Tom and Gary's Decentralized Dance Party. Photo courtesy of the artists.

TALK: Join a timely panel discussion moderated by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) called “It’s Time to Talk: Is Transit Back on Track?” The panel will include former Chief Planner Paul Bedford, Toronto transit blogger Steve Munro, and U of T transportation policy professor Dr. Matti Siemiatycki. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Theatre Bassaris is presenting Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty starting tonight and running until Sunday. The play is the third work in a trilogy about beauty and follows four friends and lovers as they question their images and identities. The cast includes Andrew Loder, Rob Renda, Sarah Brose, and Sarah Jurgens. Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), 7:30 p.m., $10.

DANCE: Get ready to break it down in the streets because Buddies’ Rhubarb Festival is presenting Tom and Gary’s Decentralized Dance Party today. The event—which has taken place all over the continent—will start at Union Station and travel around the financial district, ending at Yonge-Dundas Square, with the final route being announced today. The DDP “consists of thousands of people, carrying vintage boombox stereos, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM radio transmitter.” Since its introduction, the concept has grown from small events to a massive crowd of 20,000 people at the 2010 Olympics. Location to be announced, 7:30 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Catch Michael Madsen’s award-winning documentary Into Eternity about Finland’s plan to develop a nuclear waste storage facility. The presentation will raise money for DON’T NUKE T.O., a Toronto-based anti-nuclear and pro-green energy group. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $10 (suggested donation).

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