Urban Planner: February 29, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 29, 2012

It's a day that only comes around once every four years, so make the most of it by: catching three authors at Harbourfront; checking out the National Ballet of Canada's newest performance; and stopping by a screening of a documentary about Sonic Youth, with a concert right after.

Piotr Stanczyk in La Fille mal gardée. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

LITERATURE: Three authors take to the stage for the Authors at Harbourfront Series today. Robert Hough will be talking about Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, a book about jealousy and greed in 1930s Mexico, Kim Thúy will present her Governor General’s Literary Award-winning book, Ru, about a young girl’s voyage from Vietnam to Quebec (translated from its original French by Sheila Fischman), and Charlotte Gill will read from her book, Eating Dirt about a tree planter. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., FREE–$10.

DANCE: The National Ballet of Canada is opening its winter season tonight with Sir Frederick Ashton’s comedy, La Fille mal gardée. On stage until Sunday, the classic piece is about a girl who falls in love with a young farmer, but has her unhappy mother to contend with. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $12–$234.

FUNDRAISER: Stop by a screening of the Sonic Youth documentary Sleeping Nights Awake tonight to raise money for the 2012 Images Festival. The film was created by seven high school students in 2006 and is a behind-the-scenes look at the band. The screening will be followed by a live performance by a group called Shaking Hell, which was formed solely for this evening and features members of Republic of Safety, Neck, and Mean Red Spiders. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10.

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