Urban Planner: April 19, 2012
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Urban Planner: April 19, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: a discussion explores the future of graffiti in Toronto; a grim play finds a family facing death; get your daily dose of song and dance with Cabaret 345; and don't miss the last ever show of indie band, Forest City Lovers.

A piece from street artist Banksy's last visit to Toronto, now protected by glass. Photo by {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bella3/4606631926/in/pool-torontoist”}bella.m{/a} from the {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist/”}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

GRAFFITI: “Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” Banksy, the originator of that quote, knows the importance of art to public space—but do we? Community organizations are getting together to discuss the state of street art in Toronto at an event called “Street Art Funding in Toronto,” during which they’ll be exploring how we can combat graffiti, and how we can work together to create a better atmosphere for public art. Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre (3401 Dufferin Street), 4 p.m.-6 p.m., FREE. 

THEATRE: If you need a comedown from this past weekend’s a cappella festival, you might consider this grimmer performance. As I Lay Dying, based on the novel by William Faulkner, tells the tale of a family’s odyssey as they travel through the American south to a particular town where they plan to bury their deceased matriarch. It’s a tragic, yet darkly comedic work that explores the way we cope with the dread of death. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), runs tonight to April 29, 7 p.m., $15.

CABARET: Ah, springtime: when the theatre world kicks into full swing. Consider checking out Cabaret 375, a night of song, dance, comedy, and more, featuring a variety of artists who appeared in Back Burner’s What Are You Doing Back There?! Festival. The event will include performances by MC Ron Fromstein, Jeff Giles, SidePony Nation, and more. Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East) 7:30 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation $5-$10).

MUSIC: Band break-ups are always sad, but at least we have the farewell concerts to console ourselves with. This time, it’s Forest City Lovers who are saying goodbye, after six years of folk-pop goodness. Aside from the band itself, the night will feature guests DJs Casey and Jenny Mecija, and others that have yet to be announced. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $12 advance, $15 door.

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