Urban Planner: March 14, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 14, 2012

Today in Toronto: learn about local urban sustainability at U of T’s Environment Week, celebrate Canadian poet Irving Layton’s life at a centenary celebration, join an evening of storytelling with the Raconteurs, and get your laugh on with Egg Zepellin’s comedy and variety show.

Margaret Atwood will speak tonight at the Irving Layton Centenary Celebration. Photo by {a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rh89/3213495889/in/[email protected]/"}rh89{/a} from the {a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist"}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

ENVIRONMENT: Learn about local innovations in urban sustainability as part of the University of Toronto’s Environment Week. The event will encourage participants to discuss sustainability in Toronto, and it will highlight local organizations leading the charge. Sean Martindale and Beth Savan will speak. Cartwright Hall, St. Hilda’s College at the University of Toronto (44 Devonshire Place), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

LITERATURE: Authors at Harbourfront is hosting a celebration of Canadian literary icon Irving Layton’s birth this evening. The well-known Canadian poet was born over 100 years ago on March 12, 1912. The A Red Carpet for the Sun author will be celebrated by over a dozen people, including Margaret Atwood, Barry Callaghan, Leonard Cohen (by video), Scott Griffin, Moses Znaimer, and others. Harbourfront Centre Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $5–$15.

STORYTELLING: Join a night of live storytelling as Raconteurs partners with the Canadian Opera Company to promote the latter’s newest opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, a story about a fantastic fable writer, torn between his search for love and his creative muse. The evening will feature stories inspired by the opera’s theme, with tonight focusing on “Love Lost” and tomorrow’s event exploring “The Muse.” No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 7:30 p.m., $12.

COMEDY: They say everything is better with bacon, but does that include comedy and variety shows? Egg Zeppelin likes to think so! Kris Siddiqi and Marcel St. Pierre take audience suggestions in their roles as Dude and Man, the owners of a greasy spoon in small town Canada. Each Egg Zeppelin performance features visiting comedians and musicians. Tonight’s guest is indie-pop singer Maylee Todd, who will be joined by Pat Thornton and Dan Galea. The show has been receiving rave reviews to date, with the National Post claiming that, “Like a well-balanced breakfast, Egg Zeppelin is equal parts improv, slacker humour, and fan-boy obsessive, set at a greasy spoon where the only licks on order are Jimmy Page’s.” Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10–$12.

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