Urban Planner: February 28, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 28, 2012

Today in Toronto: check out a public installation about phone booths and Superman, a new artist lecture series called Flightpath launches, and choreographer Wayne McGregor's dance piece hits the Harbourfront stage.

Entity. Photo by Ravi Deepres.

INSTALLATION: Public telephones are getting new life courtesy of Tel.talk, a group that is bringing artists from across Canada to perform in or animate phone booths. The nine-month project is tackling a number of themes, including the privatization of public space and the disappearance of traditional communication technology. Each installation is documented and will form part of a phone book and exhibition at the Telephone Booth Gallery. Today and tomorrow artist Sheila Butler will be staging the coming and going of Clark Kent and Superman using two phone booths at Dundas and Bloor. Northeast corner Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West at the PharmaPlus, all day, FREE.

TALK: A new artist lecture series called Flightpath begins today. The first evening will feature speakers Amanda McNaughton and Amanda McCavour. The series will take place on the last Tuesday of each month, and will feature young artists, who will share their experiences and talk about how they got where they are. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

DANCE: This week, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2012 features a contemporary dance performance entitled Entity. The piece, by Brit Wayne McGregor, mixes dance and technology with music by Coldplay and Jon Hopkins. The Sunday Times called the work “A great sexy beast of a piece-it’s like being licked by a panther’s juicy, rasping tongue while you’re revising maths.” The show previews tonight, followed by three performances from March 1–3. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$45.

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