In today's Urban Planner: embrace hump day with some Badass Dance Fun, see a modern-day musical that's a take on the classic Pride and Prejudice, celebrate Canadian film at the Canadian Film Fest, and catch a screening and discussion of Hashima, Japan 2002.
DANCE: Harbourfront Centre has partnered with contemporary Toronto choreographer Eroca NicolS (aka Lady Janitor) to bring Badass Dance Fun to the stage as part of NextSteps, a dance festival. Badass Dance Fun, a four-day event, will feature “play, unapologetic fun, and really loud music.” Tonight and Friday will see Programme A on stage, including Tara Gaucher, Meg Foley, Lady Janitor, and cube 3. Programme B will take to the stage on Thursday and Saturday with Meryem Alaoui, Julia Male, kirsch&keenan dance endeavors, and Cara Spooner. A double bill will play on Saturday afternoon. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$25.
THEATRE: It’s Pride and Prejudice 2012 style at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as Angelwalk Theatre presents I Love You Because. The modern-day musical tells the story of a greeting-card writer in New York City whose life changes after he meets a flighty photographer on a blind date. The theatrical rom-com features Dora Award-winners Jeff Madden and Elena Juatco and runs until April 15. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $17.50–$35.75.
FILM FEST: Celebrate Canadiana at the sixth Canadian Film Fest. From today until Saturday, you can take part in films, parties, and panels with 9 features and ten short films on screen. The fest opens with Thom Fitzgerald’s comedy Cloudburst at The Royal Theatre (608 College Street, 8 p.m., $12.50) and an opening night party at Li’ly (656 College Street, following the movie, FREE).
FILM AND TALK: Catch a screening of Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Thomas Nordanstad’s film Hashima, Japan 2002. It’s a documentary about a Japanese island settlement that the film’s promotional materials say was at one point “the world’s most densely populated civilization,” before it became a deserted ruin. The movie will be followed by a discussion with artist Mitchell Akiyama and scholar Eric Cazdyn. The talk, moderated by Aliza Ma, will focus on Akiyama’s recent installation Seismology as Metaphor For Empathy and an essay by Cazdyn. Gendai Workstation (1265 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., suggested donation of $5–$10.
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