Urban Planner: March 1, 2012



Urban Planner: March 1, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: dip into the indie-publishing world with a zine festival; a discussion explores the future of libraries in the digital age; a film festival screens shorts made in just 24 hours; and York U takes on the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas.

Zines, zines everywhere at the fourth annual OCAD U Zine Fair! Photo courtesy of Marta Chudolinska.

ZINES: These days, you can make pretty much make any kind of media product yourself—from movies to music to design. Check out one of the original do-it-yourself media formats, zines, at the fourth annual OCAD U Zine Fair, where you can buy plenty of self-published drawings, texts, comics, and more. OCAD University, Lobby (100 McCaul Street), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

LIBRARIES: Aside from budget cuts, our libraries have many more obstacles to face—especially now that e-books have galloped into the mainstream. To see how libraries are adapting to the future (and what they need to do in order to survive), check out this talk, called “Turning the Page: The Role of Libraries in the Digital Age,” featuring guest speaker Martin Gomez, a city librarian from the Los Angeles Public Library. Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (1 Devonshire Place), 4 p.m.–6 p.m., FREE (click to register).

FILM: Oscars schmoscars. If you didn’t think the supposed best films of the year were that great, this short-film festival might pique your interest. The T24 Project gathered teams of local young filmmakers and challenged them to create a short film within a 24-hour time span. The results should be interesting. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m., $12.

OPERA: Don’t miss York University’s new interpretation of the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. This tale of doomed love features 30 performers who play not only the characters but also the set. Yup, a living set. Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University, (4700 Keele Street), today and tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., $17.

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