Urban Planner: February 16, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 16, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: a curator takes you on a tour of his own art exhibition; recall forgotten urban spaces of the city; three writers come together for a storytelling event; a documentary on the legal woes of The Sugar Hill Gang gets its Canadian debut; and don't miss a string of solo piano performances at Holy Oak.

Don't miss a documentary and music performance all in one event! Photo by Adnan Akiles.

ART: The only thing better than a free art exhibition is getting to be taken through it with one of the curators. “Curator’s Tour with Charles Reeve: Avalon” will feature well-regarded artists from Bangalore. OCAD University (230 Richmond Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

BUILDINGS: Think you know all Toronto’s nooks and crannies? You probably don’t. “Lost and Found Spaces: Building, Cities and the Stories They Tell” is an evening of urban exploration. The event will be moderated by the Globe and Mail’s architecture critic, Lisa Rochon, and features Stroll author Shawn Micallef, among others. Kiever Synagogue (25 Bellevue Avenue), 7 p.m., $5.

STORYTELLING: Three writers will be coming together for a special storytelling event called “3 Stories for God.” Ben Ehrenreich will be reading from his new novel, Ether; Grace O’Connell will read from her short story, “The Many Faces of Montgomery Clift” (published by Taddle Creek magazine); and Hal Niedzviecki will read from his collection of short stories, Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Members of The Sugar Hill Gang are in town to promote the Canadian premiere of I Want My Name Back, a documentary that follows the 30 years of legal struggles the artists faced after their profits (and even, as the title suggests, their name) were stolen from them. Apart from the film, there will also be a Q&A and a live acoustic performance by the former original Sugar Hill Gang members. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 8 p.m., $18.75.

MUSIC: After a busy day of events, you might be looking for a soothing way to finish off your evening. Get into the zone with three solo piano performances from Laura Barrett, Dan Werb, and Robin Hatch. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.

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