Urban Planner: April 5, 2012



Urban Planner: April 5, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: Seek solace with this photo exhibition; a street artist puts his work on display; an art exhibition looks for the wonder in the ordinary; and a new play features two old friends who discuss life and ducks.

A photo exhibition looks at the different ways to get away from it all and seek solace. Photo by Francis Bedford.

PHOTOGRAPHY: It sure is hard these days to find “a room of one’s own.” Perhaps this is especially true for Torontoninans, who have to learn to cope with the lights and sounds of the city before they can find solace. A new exhibition, Seeking Solace, highlights nature’s solitude in photographs. It features the work of English photographer Francis Bedford (1816–1894), and explores places as diverse as South Wales and the Sphinx. I.M.A. Gallery (80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 305), Opening reception, 6–9 p.m., FREE.

STREET ART: One of the downsides of great street art is that it’s often difficult to find certain pieces (if they haven’t already been taken down). Under the Influence is an exhibition of the work of prolific street artist Deadboy, whose use of recognizable imagery allows viewers to make their own interpretations. Don’t Tell Mama Gallery Space (108 Ossington Avenue, 2nd Floor), Opening reception, 8 p.m., FREE.

ART: We’re all looking for ways to make life just a little bit more exciting. , an art exhibition, is all about finding prophecy in the banal, through wax sculptures. The show comes from artist Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, who invites audiences to enjoy the humour in his unique lens on everyday objects. Narwhal Projects (2988 Dundas Street West), Opening reception, 6–10 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Explore the meaning of life from the perspective of two old friends, who sit in a park discussing ducks, friendship, life, death, and whatever else comes to mind, as David Mamet’s play, The Duck Variations. The show opens its two-week run in Toronto with Sean Delville Pratt and David Purvis in the starring roles. New York Magazine has called the play “a gorgeously written piece whose timing and atmosphere are close to flawless.” Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street Eeast), 8 p.m., PWYC for opening night (regular price $15–$18).

Correction: April 5, 1:10PM – The exhibit at Narwhal Projects begins at 6 p.m. tonight, not 7 p.m., as previously stated. The above has been corrected.

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